Today we’re going to peak into the thoughts of some of the White House correspondents for whom this week is supposed to honor. We begin with WHCD board member Julie Mason of Politico who is having a few spray tan issues today, but we’ll keep those under wraps. Let’s just say she didn’t just return from a quick jaunt to Jamaica.
1. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being low) how excited are you at this point about the WHCD tongiht? I know it’s all very frowned-upon and hopelessly jejune to love the dinner and look forward to it, but I have never had a bad time. I am about a 9 this year — the entertainment is great, the politics are interesting and the weather is supposed to be really pleasant for the reception.
2. Do you know what or who you’re wearing? Accessories and everything. If so, do tell. I am going back to black after an ill-advised incursion into purple last year. It’s Ralph Lauren, really simple and slinky. I have most of the ensemble assembled, but earrings remain an unresolved issue.
3. Any advice on small-talk techniques for journos who are covering the dinner and attending all the soirees? A smile is the best opener. People who take themselves too seriously at this thing are so lame. And don’t try to be who you’re not — I find it refreshing and funny when reporters ask each other (looking at you, Daniel Stone of Newsweek/Daily Beast) “Who is Eva Longoria?” Also don’t ask anyone, “Is that a spray-tan?”
4. Which star might you faint over if you meet him or her? I am all in a swivet to see Sen. Scott Brown and Jon Hamm side-by-side, ever since that SNL skit where Jon Hamm played Scott Brown — in glittery white leather vest and chaps (Nancy Pelosi: “Mama like.”) Somehow in my mind it’s all become conflated and I think Jon Hamm is dressed like that right now, on the floor of the Senate.
5. As a board member you’re a bit of a bigwig. Do you feel any sense of status or entitlement about the dinner? Ha ha. If I felt that I am certain my fellow filthy scribes in the White House basement would puncture it instantly with cold truth. The dinner is more work as a board member because we have to wear our good, company manners all night — not like the rest of you. And the head table is somewhat isolated — we can’t mingle around on the floor. I am next to [NPR’s White House Correspondent] Don Gonyea again this year — very happy, but that is how rumors get started.