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by David Gura
May 3, 2010

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Over the weekend, reporters and editors, businessmen and media executives, athletes and Hollywood stars, gathered in Washington, for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. (For the record, this blogger's invite must've gotten lost in the mail. Again.)

They mingled. They drank Pimms Cups. They took photos. They tweeted. And they went to lots of brunches, evidently.

I haven't really paid attention to the event since 2006, when comedian Stephen Colbert's derisive and hilarious speech went viral. This year, it was hard to avoid reading about, or hearing about, or seeing videos of, the dinner, the pre-dinner parties, the post-dinner confabs, the Sunday morning garden parties.

After the inauguration of President Obama, and the pomp and circumstance that went with it, many of us wondered how long the parties would continue, if the election of the then-new president would have a tangible effect on the city's social scene. Would it improve? In my humble estimation, and despite articles to the contrary, a few weeks after Obama took the oath of office, the parties started to taper off. Palpable excitement started to diminish. Over the weekend, Washington — thanks to New York and Los Angeles — got some celebrity flashiness back. Only to see it disappear again, come Monday morning.

Maybe I'm wrong. But I'm pretty sure this city won't see the likes of Kim Kardashian again for a long time. 'til next year, at least.

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