While most coverage of the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday has focused on the comedy monologues by President Obama and Conan O'Brien, I thought it would be worthwhile posting something else from the evening that got a lot less coverage. It's a video that kicked off the evening -- a parody of the Netflix series, House of Cards (adapted from the BBC series).
In it, Kevin Spacey re-created his role as Frank Underwood, the Democratic House Minority Whip from South Carolina. The machinations he's involved with here are real-life politicians and press trying to score tickets and get the best seating at the event. (The first person you see with him is Ed Henry of Fox News, who currently services as head of the White House Correspondents Association. The video, House of Nerds, isn't wildly funny, though great fun to see all the participants.
By the way, related to this, I had put CNN on to watch the event, and eventually just recorded their broadcast and fast-forwarded through later. Their coverage was ghastly. Some fatuous in-studio guy just yammering, and gushing over how hot Sofia Vergara looked, and talking with two women at the event who just blathered. (One was their “entertainment correspondent,” Brianna something.) This went on for probably almost an hour! It made the E! Entertainment channel look in-depth by comparison.
Next year, I'm sticking with CSPAN...
Anyway, here's the video.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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