Joining the Mean Girls star were fellow Hollywood elites George Clooney, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Spacey, Chase Crawford, Alicia Keys, Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hutcherson, Dakota Fanning, Matthew Morrison, Colton Dixon, Diane Keaton, John Legend, and others.
Remarks by President Obama at the White House Corresponents Dinner 2012:
Despite many obstacles, much has changed during my time in office. Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena. (Laughter.)
In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. (Laughter.) In my first term, we repealed the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” – (applause) – wait, though; in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it’s raining men. (Laughter.) In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again. (Applause.)
And just to set the record straight, I really do enjoy attending these dinners. In fact, I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew. (Laughter.)
Read the full transcript here.
A nine-member board of directors, elected by correspondents, addresses access to the chief executive; coverage arrangements; work space arrangements; logistics and costs for press travel to accompany a president on the road.
Proceeds from the WHCA annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists.
To qualify for regular membership, a correspondent must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, magazine, wire service, radio, TV, cable TV, or other broadcast organization or news gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. His or her principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage with such activities as attending briefings or participating in the in-town pool rotation. The applicant must have permanent White House press credentials.