From the sounds of things, the White House Press Correspondent’s Association dinner managed to combine enough celebrities from the corners of the earth, each with a different take on reality, to warrant a top quality reality TV show. Sheryl Crowe touched Karl Rove’s arm, he recoiled as though she had thrown holy water on him (and probably hissed) thus outing him as the freakish, pasty, balding, mastermind introvert control freak evil genius we already knew he was. Sanjaya Malakar was actually there as the guest of People magazine, a move obviously orchestrated for publicity purposes but when you consider it, it’s interesting to just say out loud the words, “Sanjaya Malakar was at the White House Press Correspondent’s Association dinner”. It really is equal parts unusual and genius. His first public engagement at a high profile political dinner not out at a club with some b-list hack being chased by TMZ.com. But, then, on the flip side – what the fuck do you do when you’re America’s most endearing joke and you’re at the White House Press correspondent’s dinner apart from look at yourself in the bathroom mirror once the guy at the urinal has finally stumbled out, you go all serious and dark and say aloud to yourself, “You’ve come a long way baby, now just don’t screw it up…” then go back out there and shake your sparkling locks in slow motion and sign an autograph for Eliot Spitzer.
If you think about it, Rove recoiling in freaked out, anti-social panic isn’t really THAT much of a surprise. On the most basic level Rove’s face, in fact, quite closely resembles that of a weirdly afflicted 13 year old boy, his body, of course, moving on in years. Karl Rove looks like he could easily be the political equivalent of one of those coddled computer genius brats who started earning half a million dollars a year at the age of 13 in Silicon Valley in the mid nineties. Except in later life.
So, all in all; Sheryl Crowe touching, Karl Rove hissing, Sanjaya Malakar mincing, signing autographs and plotting. No word on the menu as yet. Otherwise: Great. Done. [source]