It has also become known as "The Nerd Prom," as media bigwigs and celebrity guests rub elbows with DC politicos. In many ways, with its mix of celebrity and politics, it has become like Oscar night on the Potomac, judging by the formal wear and the crowds gathered along Connecticut Avenue, in front of the Washington Hilton Hotel, to gaze at these elites.
As they've done for the past 15 years, the DC Chapter of FreeRepublic.com has gathered to "Freep" the event, mainly by doing their part to point out to the public, as well as the media and White House Press in particular, stories and topics they have not covered.
In the Age of Obama, there's a lot not being covered, as the media in attendance act more like lapdogs instead of "watchdogs."
Unlike last year, Chris Matthews of MSNBC stayed away because of the reminder of his latest absurdity he spewed right after the Boston Marathon Bombing, that terrorists were predominantly right-wing.
This person below later gave his name as Chuck Todd, also from NBC News.
Some of who stopped or sped by included pollster Frank Luntz, who came appropriately dressed....
Peter Doocy of Fox News.
David Corn, the editor of the Leftist rag Mother Jones, streaked by not responding to inquiries about his recently published Watergate-style bugging of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign.
Clintonoid Lanny Davis...
Steven Moore from the Wall Street Journal.
Chip Reid of CBS greeted "Chuck Todd"
Al Roker and cast of the Today Show.
Eleanor Clift from the McLaughlin Group.
And a few minutes later came none other than Sandra the Fluke, on her cell phone
Then stuck behind the yellow tape, she hustled to the street to walk to the hotel, after being pointed out that the nearest CVS was right behind her.
Carl Cameron, formerly of Fox News walked by as well.
...and Bill Sammon.
David Axelrod, Obama's big advisor and aide, was seen going into the dinner, and received some verbal jabs about the Boston bombing not being related to tax day, as he had claimed.
Many of the media attendees and other people passing by took photos or asked about the gathering. This person, posing with Kristinn Taylor of FreeRepublic, was with the New York Post.
A reporter from Roll Call took a photo of one of the signs.
Taylor was also interviewed by ABC Channel 7.
A group of kids, apparently on a school trip, walked by.
I haven't caught or paid attention to what happened at the event, or anything like that. But as you can see, tonight was the night for the "one percenters" in DC to get together and rub elbows, never mind what so many regular folk outside the doors and outside the beltway are going through with the ongoing bad economy under the watchful eye of the celebrity President.