White House Correspondents Dinner Party: An Inside Look

Posted Saturday April 30, 2011 9:36 PM GMT

Always one of the more well-attended events of the year, the stars were in the nation's capital for the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune White House Correspondents' dinner cocktail party on Saturday night (April 30).

Held at the Washington Hilton, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed guests including Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Paula Abdul, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

Also on hand was "Gossip Girl" hunk Chace Crawford, who roamed the posh locale while joined by sister Candice and her NFL star fiance Tony Romo.

Rounding out the guest list of stars were lovely actress Mila Kunis, "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines and famous daughter Bristol Palin, as well as Nina Dobrev, America Ferrera and Elizabeth Banks.

With Seth Meyers leading the audience through the evening agenda, the comedic actor said prior to the dinner cocktail party's kickoff, "It may be a tough room. But as someone who follows politics, I think it’s really exciting to go into a room where people are incredibly well-informed."

Meyers added, "You can probably make jokes about the minutiae of politics that wouldn’t work on Saturday Night Live.”

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