HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Dinner Leftovers
Like a Chinese takeout order in the fridge, the dish from the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is starting to feel just a little stale, but HOH couldn’t resist bringing you a last few morsels before we move on to meatier fare.
We ran into actor Morgan Freeman at the MSNBC afterparty and he told us what might be the biggest blockbuster of the weekend: “I smooched with Betty White,” the “Shawshank Redemption” actor deadpanned. We’re 99 percent sure he was joking.
And the night wouldn’t be complete without a tale of wardrobe malfunctions: Actor Dennis Quaid, we hear, split the seat of his tuxedo pants shortly before the dinner started.
And speaking of matters of fashion, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was trying to fly below the radar at the dinner and wouldn’t answer most of our questions, but in response to a campy “What are you wearing?” query, he affably opened the jacket of his tux to reveal the label. The moneyman is reassuringly frugal himself — the brand was Chaps, a lower-price line found mostly in discount department stores.
While many of the celebs at the dinner told HOH that they hoped to get a chance to meet President Barack Obama, one television heartthrob admitted he’s already been there, done that. At the Friday night star-studded soiree at the St. Regis sponsored by People and Time magazines, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison told HOH that the dinner actually marked his third time in just a few months seeing Obama in person. (He previously eyed the prez at the Kennedy Center Honors and White House Easter Egg Roll.)
Guess Morrison is kind of a big deal now, eh?
Morrison said he was actually most excited to meet New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who notably tracked the Times Square car bombing attempt from his table at the dinner and jetted back to the Big Apple immediately after the dinner wrapped.