After all these years, I have figured out the best way to attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner or at least this year's dinner: with a 16-year-old girl.
Rebecca had an eagle eye for celebs, some of whom I would never have recognized. Ludacris? I've heard of him, but that's it. But there he was on the red carpet, with his mother (smart guy!), and I wasn't completely clueless.
Other folks were easy to recognize, but Rebecca was much better at spotting them in the crowd. There's Owen Wilson! Will he pose for a picture with a young fan? Sure.
Same with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Eva Longoria Parker, Demi Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jason Bateman, Amy Poehler, and on and on. We also tracked down Ed Westwick, the wonderfully arch Chuck Bass on "Gossip Girl," with the help of Ana Marie Cox, Wonkette emeritus.
I hate to say this, but it was almost star overload. You'd be heading for one (I won't name names), then you'd see someone even more cool in one instance, the stunning Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef" -- and detour over to her, lest you miss your chance.