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Forget Obama, we're hoping to see Gossip Boys

At the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner -- the "nerd prom" -- Hollywood celebrities mix with the politically powerful.

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The mixing of politicos, journalists, and celebrities is always a fun and interesting affair in Washington at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner.

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It’s that time of year again, when Washington media and political types put on their finest and head off to their “nerd prom” -- the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

The black-tie event is, strictly speaking, a fundraiser for journalism scholarships and a chance to honor reporters for their work. But we all know what’s really going on. It’s the one chance all year that Washington -- affectionately known as Hollywood for ugly people -- gets to rub shoulders with real Hollywood.

This year, with certified celebrities of our own occupying the White House, the anticipation has never been higher. The stars are coming out in force, and Barack and Michelle Obama are obliging by showing up (after skipping the Gridiron press dinner in March). The president will do a standup, and maybe show a video, and Mrs. Obama will present the scholarships.

For weeks, breathless reports have been pouring in on who’s coming -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Eva Longoria Parker, Tyra Banks, Jon Bon Jovi, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to name a few.

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