Interesting announcement in today's e-mail. after the jump ...
Today, White House Correspondents’ Association President and ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton announced that Craig Ferguson is the act for the 2008 dinner. Mr. Ferguson is the host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
“Craig Ferguson is a fresh take on late night TV. He is a new U.S. citizen, a first time uncommitted voter, and someone who has looked at American politics from the outside. I am looking forward to his unique take on our system,” Ann said.
Presidential Press Secretary Dana Perino had reaction from the White House telling reporters, “He became an American citizen on Friday -- and we're pleased that Ann Compton tells me that Mr. Ferguson will soon officially put his First Amendment rights to use by entertaining at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 26th."
Last night on his show, the Scottish-born Ferguson said, “As soon as I became an American I thought, you know what is going to happen, I am going to get jury duty or the CIA is going to get in touch and get me to assassinate a foreign state or something like that. Something boring. Anyway, my first job as an American citizen, I can exclusively reveal tonight, is performing at the White House Correspondents' dinner this year. I’m doing it! I’m not hosting, President Bush hosts it. There is a big fancy party in DC. It is like the Oscars for politicians where you cry and thank your agent. There are 2,800 journalists in attendance, there are Congressman, Senators there, military brass, the Cabinet and I sit at the top table with the President and the First Lady. And I am thinking does he know I can’t be kicked out now? I thought it would be the big thing, have the dinner and “as my last act as President you go home Ferguson.” And I’ll say, “I am home!”
The WHCA represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration on coverage-related issues.
A nine-member board of directors, elected by correspondents, addresses access to the chief executive; coverage arrangements; work space arrangements; logistics and costs for press travel to accompany a president on the road.
The association also holds an annual dinner to raise money for WHCA Scholarships and honor the professional recipients of the WHCA's Journalism Awards. The 2008 dinner will take place on April 26. The WHCA website is www.whca.net.
As you may recall, the official comedian at the WHCA dinner has stirred things up in the past. Stephen Colbert certainly did so in 2006, so much so that the dinner went deliberately bland the next year, with Rich Little.
I hope Ferguson brings back the stirring.