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April 29, 2012

Santorum and Lohan At White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Hmm, I thought the White House Correspondent’s Dinner (having morphed into “WHCD weekend” in recent years) was going to be disbanded in the name of imposing more professional boundaries in D.C. I can’t even remember where I heard that now. In any case, if I had to boil the power bacchanal (and the tidal wave of pics) down to one photograph, it’s this one.

I know the picture only represents two of the four pillars under the chandelier — the Washington and Hollywood political and cultural celebrities, and not the New York political and cultural celebrities and  journalist cultural celebrities — but it captures the essence so perfectly. Of course, if Rick Santorum only meant half the things he pontificated on the campaign trail and wasn’t just playing the game, he wouldn’t be caught dead within a hundred feet of Lindsay Lohan. Instead, though (hey, how do you like my vest?), it’s one big party.

UPDATE (4/30): I know it’s TMZ, but did Rick really ask to take her picture?

(photo/linked photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP caption: Former Sen. Rick Santorum and Lindsay Lohan, right, attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner headlined by late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel, Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Washington. linked caption: Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., talks with Lindsay Lohan at the the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Washington.)

  • jonst

    “An ant climbs a blade of grass, over and over, seemingly without purpose, seeking neither nourishment nor home. It persists in its futile climb, explains Daniel C. Dennett at the opening of his new book, “Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon” (Viking), because its brain has been taken over by a parasite, a lancet fluke, which, over the course of evolution, has found this to be a particularly efficient way to get into the stomach of a grazing sheep or cow where it can flourish and reproduce. The ant is controlled by the worm, which, equally unconscious of purpose, maneuvers the ant into place”……..

    These “ants” come together here….not even 100% sure themselves why their ‘agents’, ‘advisers’, or ‘handlers’ tell them “you HAVE to be seen here”.  They show up….and climb their respective blade of grass, in the service of some parasite.  To be eaten by the herd.

    • Irishdave3

       That would work at the Alfalfa Cib Dinner too. also.

  • Enoch Root

    I wonder what Lohan thought was photo-worthy.

    • jonst

       self shot?  If I had to guess.

  • Irishdave3

     But why is Saint Santorum wearing a Mitt-eating grin

    • Books Alive

       I think the grin has to do with no wife in the near vicinity. C-Span followed them as they moved through the ballroom for 20 minutes or so and kept coming back to Rick and his wife, and maybe a daughter as well.

  • RJ

    Why does anyone think this is even news-worthy? And let’s ignore Lindsay, who’s the blonde in the left corner of the pic?

  • gmoke

    He looks happier, more relaxed, and handsomer than in any of other pictures of him I’ve seen.  Perhaps the WH correspondent’s dinner is where he fits.

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