White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Carpet Goes Wild for Kardashian; A-List Stars Talk Politics
Hollywood brought the red carpet and big names to the annual political-media party.
For a DC native standing underneath the awning that covered the entrance to a lower level lobby of the Washington Hilton, things may have seen a bit out of the ordinary.
The leaders of the free world, the most powerful names in journalism and the country’s most iconic entertainers were streaming through the foyer that was the inlet to the White House Correspondents' Association’s Dinner, and the biggest noise – a rush of pandemonium, even – came when Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian entered the room.
The duo, joined by Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner, were guests of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, and caused an immediate uproar when they entered the room. Lohan, who will soon star in a Lifetime movie about Elizabeth Taylor, and Kardashian, fresh off a new contract with NBCUniversal, greeted camera crews from outlets running the gamut from CNN to Access Hollywood.
Give Kardashian credit, at least; she was willing to reveal her partisan identification – a night after her mother declined to do so when asked by THR – and said that she was coming as a supporter of President Obama.
“In my family, we split up; the parents are Republicans and the children are Democrats, so it’s like a political warfare in our house,” the reality star told a few reporters at the end of the carpet. “We talk about politics. Last election was the first election that all of the children that were old enough – me, Rob, Kourtney, Khloe – voted, so it was pretty exciting.”
Many of the stars walking the red carpet were willing to honor the night and get a little bit wonky.
Sigourney Weaver, who will play a secretary of state looking to move into the White House in the upcoming USA show Political Animals, said that she was looking to take in as much as she could on the night to help with her part – and got a shot in at conservatives, as well.
“I don’t often come to DC except to talk to cranky Congress people about the environment,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. As for that work, she said, “I have been going around the world, and the hardest part is doing it around this country, where Congress still hasn’t passed a green bill, and all we can do is exhort people to do better. I think the public is way ahead of their representatives in terms of this issue.”
Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim agreed with Weaver, telling THR that if he was given the opportunity to be President for ten minutes and pass one law, he might choose increasing CAFE standards (or, fuel efficiency for cars) or exploring more alternative energy sources.
Golden Globe-winner Viola Davis spent some time waxing poetic about the importance of politicians remembering that they were in service to the public and struck a populist tone when asked what law she would pass.
“Oh gosh, there’s so many, because poverty is a big thing. I would pass a law that everyone deserves to have a roof over their head, and food to eat,” she told THR. “I know, just coming from poverty, that’s a big deal, and coming from Central Falls, Rhode Island, where it’s bankrupt right now, everyone deserves a roof over their head and food to eat.”
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson said that he would pass marriage equality. CNN host Wolf Blitzer, on the other hand, contested that he would never run for president in the first place.
Also appearing on the carpet were Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes, Kevin Spacey and Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet.
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