Does Karl Rove think liberal Hollywood celebrities are second-class citizens? Well, it sure seems so, judging by what happened last night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. See Update. As you may know, it’s a star-studded event where Wilshire meets Washington (as well as the infamous, like American Idol‘s Sanjaya). But the most interesting dust-up occurred when two of Hollywood’s most prominent environmentalists, singer Sheryl Crow and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David, managed to talk to Karl Rove at the Hilton Washington gala about global warming. News accounts called the exchange “suitably heated”. As Rove walked away, Crow said, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” Then Rove shot back, “I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.” To which Sheryl replied, “We are the American people.” The Washington Post account is here. Crow’s and David’s is here. (It’s interesting how different both versions are. For instance, the WP implies the two women ambushed Rove. But the duo say they were introduced to him.) Meanwhile, you may have heard that Dubya last night passed up an attempt to be funny because of the Virginia tech tragedy (but not four years of war). Rich Little was mediocre at best. David Letterman, who said he couldn’t attend due to yoga practice, contributed a videotaped “Top 10 George W. Bush Moments”. But, as Editor & Publisher pointed out, no comedian could have scripted one of the funniest jokes of the evening: Karl Rove seated at a New York Times table during the dinner.
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