All the people, all the (best) parties before, during, and after this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner
By Janet Donovan
The Alaskan travel industry got a boost when female guests at Tammy Haddad’s annual brunch preceding the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner ran into that state’s “First Dude,” Todd Palin. His play date, Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, did the intros in lieu of his wife, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who remained back home to oversee what was called the most serious flooding in decades. Luckily, she also bowed out of Saturday night’s dinner where comedian Wanda Sykes shot a lowball joke in her direction, best not repeated here. Washington women looking for their man of steel should not stop but go directly to www.travelalaska.com.
The star of the day was sea hero Capt. Richard Phillips of pirate fame, whose presence erupted into a media frenzy worthy of Paris Hilton. While friendly and chatty, he remained tight-lipped about his capture and rescue off the Somali coast, probably on advice of counsel.