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Mark Shriver, CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, and Fox 5's Laura Evans on R Street in Georgetown
Mark Shriver, CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, and Fox 5's Laura Evans on R Street in Georgetown

A star-studded brunch in the lineup of the annual White House Correspondents Association's Oscar-like weekend moved into Georgetown this year to a historic setting, the venerable R St. home of the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, where politicos, press, and even a few Palins partied down.

Sarah and Todd Palin arrive at the annual brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, this year held at the house once owned by Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham on R St. in Georgetown (Photo by: Greta Van Susteren) Sarah and Todd Palin arrive at the annual brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, this year held at the house once owned by Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham on R St. in Georgetown
Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, her husband Todd and daughter Bristol attended the brunch with Fox's Greta Van Susteren, who posted photos on her GretaWire blog. The brunch, hosted by media maven Tammy Haddad and hubby Ted Greenberg, raised money for Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, current owner of the house Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Cafe Milano's Franco Nuschese co-hosted.

 

Politico's Mike Allen with former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, now at Covington & Burling outside the Saturday brunch in Georgetown (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Politico's Mike Allen with former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, now at Covington & Burling outside the Saturday brunch in Georgetown
Local celebs Mark Shriver, Laura Evans of Fox, CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan and friend Kevin Liles made R St. sparkle, despite the near parking lot of limousines bumping into crowds attending the French Market and the Georgetown House Tour. It's amazing there wasn't a fender bender or two.

Later, however, there may have been a few bruises as President Obama in his monologue threw a few sharp jabs at Donald Trump, a potential opponent in 2012. Obama said Trump has shown the acumen of a future president, from firing Gary Busey on a recent episode of "Celebrity Apprentice" to focusing on conspiracy theories about Obama's place of birth.

 

The home of the late Katharine Graham, now owned, but not occupied, by Mark Ein (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The home of the late Katharine Graham, now owned, but not occupied, by Mark Ein
After Obama released his Hawaii birth certificate this week, he said Trump could now focus on the serious issues, from whether the moon landing actually happened to "where are Biggie and Tupac?"

 

Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers also took shots at The (unsmiling) Donald. "Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising," said Meyers. "I just assumed he was running as a joke." Whee!

Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, with friend Kevin Liles (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, with friend Kevin Liles
Obama's presentation started with wrestler Hulk Hogan's patriotic anthem, "Real American." Images of Americana from Mount Rushmore to Uncle Sam were shown on the screen, alongside Obama's birth certificate. Then the President offered to show his live birth video...which turned out to be a clip from the Disney film, "The Lion King."

Journos were allowed a little more levity at the annual McLaughlin brunch on the roof of the Hay-Adams Hotel, hosted by John McLaughlin and Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler. New stars of the profession like The Financial Times' Gillian Tett and John Gapper of New York joined Washington friends of McLaughlin's like Eleanor Clift, Donna Shor, Janet Donovan, Tommy Quinn, Lynly Boor, Mary Amons, Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter, Neshan Naltchayan, The Georgetown Dish's Bill Rice, Pamela Sorensen and Jim Kimsey.

Host John McLaughlin with the UN's top official in the U.S. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Host John McLaughlin with the UN's top official in the U.S.
The brunch, sponsored this year by The McLaughlin Group and Thomson Reuters, is always the nicest of the weekend's events, but even sweeter this year with the transformation of the roof deck into a lovely, enclosed gallery with windows all around.

Lucky thing. The relaxation would end quickly a few hours later when President Obama announced the killing of Al-Queda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces, putting almost all the weekend's partiers abruptly back to work.

HuffPost writer Stephanie Green with Georgetown uber-lobbyist Tommy Quinn and the USO's Lynly Boor (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) HuffPost writer Stephanie Green with Georgetown uber-lobbyist Tommy Quinn and the USO's Lynly Boor

Georgetown University's Dieter Dettke, U.S. Naval Academy and GU professor Gale Mattox, Kyle Gibson and Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Georgetown University's Dieter Dettke, U.S. Naval Academy and GU professor Gale Mattox, Kyle Gibson and Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett

Christopher Reiter and super hostess Juleanna R. Glover (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Christopher Reiter and super hostess Juleanna R. Glover

Jim Kimsey and Pamela Sorensen of Pamela's Punch (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jim Kimsey and Pamela Sorensen of Pamela's Punch

Real Housewives of D.C. star Mary Amons with the USO's Lynly Boor (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Real Housewives of D.C. star Mary Amons with the USO's Lynly Boor

Elizabeth Baker Keffer, President, AtlanticLive and Vice President of The Atlantic (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Elizabeth Baker Keffer, President, AtlanticLive and Vice President of The Atlantic

Neshan Naltchayan, Rose Barondess, Karen Felt with Campari, and Robert Devaney of The Georgetowner (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Neshan Naltchayan, Rose Barondess, Karen Felt with Campari, and Robert Devaney of The Georgetowner

The Georgetown Dish's Bill Rice with Esther Coopersmith (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The Georgetown Dish's Bill Rice with Esther Coopersmith

Meryl Chertoff and Kevin Chaffee of Washington Life in the driveway of the late Kay Graham's house (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Meryl Chertoff and Kevin Chaffee of Washington Life in the driveway of the late Kay Graham's house