The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is tonight. Here are some photos from the 1962 dinner hosted by President John F. Kennedy.
Photos: President John F. Kennedy stands with guests at the White House Correspondents and News Photographers Dinner. Among the guests are William H. Y. Knighton, Jr., President of White House Correspondents’ Association (far left) and George Johnson, Manager of the Sheraton Park Hotel (third from left). Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Entertainers participating in the White House Correspondents and News Photographers Dinner arrive at airport. (L-R) Actor Elliot Reid; actor Peter Sellers; jazz musician Benny Goodman; unidentified.
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan of Great Britain Accepts Gift from President of White House Correspondents’ Association
-from the JFK Library
The 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner will happen on Saturday. Jimmy Kimmel will host the event, and Lindsay Lohan is reportedly attending.
In 1962, the star line-up included actors Elliot Reid, Peter Sellers, and jazz musician Benny Goodman. Here they are arriving at the airport for the Dinner, with an unidentified man. 4/27/62
-from the JFK Library
"My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference."
Harry S Truman
Bacall and Truman are at the National Press Club canteen, February 12, 1945.
Lauren Bacall and Harry S. Truman
Presley responded that he did his thing by “just singing.”
Elvis Presley arrives unannounced at the gate of the White House. He is there to see President Nixon and he is ready to sign up as a federal agent to combat drugs. It’s December 21, 1970.
What happens next? A Nixon Aide took these notes:
"The meeting opened with pictures taken of the President and Elvis Presley.
Presley immediately began showing the President his law enforcement paraphernalia including badges from police departments in California, Colorado and Tennessee…
The President mentioned that he thought Presley could reach young people, and that it was important for Presley to retain his credibility. Presley responded that he did his thing by ‘just singing.’ He said that he could not get to the kids if he made a speech on the stage, that he had to reach them in his own way. The President nodded in agreement…
Presley indicated to the President in an very emotional manner that he was ‘on your side.’” Read More
No video was taken of the President meeting The King, but here’s a sequence put together from the White House contact sheets.
From the Nixon Library - Elvis in the Oval Office
"Why would Frank Sinatra make a good president? Well, let’s look at the facts… Frank Sinatra would make a president who was strong on defense, but again, will have concern for humanity. Scientists at his urging have developed an intercontinental ballistics missile that is not a weapon of mass destruction - it only hits photographers."
-Ronald Reagan at the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra, 1977
Ninety six years ago, Frank Sinatra was born (December 12, 1915 - May 14,1998). The entertainer’s career spanned several administrations and Sinatra supported a range of presidents including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and later, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
At the 1977 roast of Frank Sinatra quoted from above, Governor Reagan also joked,
"But seriously, this is Frank Sinatra’s night, and I’m here out of gratitude. Frank worked for me in all my campaigns. He was with me all the way to the Governors Mansion. Without his help, who knows? I might have been president."
Just 4 years later here they are, with Nancy Reagan, in the White House. In the photo, President and Nancy Reagan receive a baseball from their friend, Sinatra, during a meeting in the Oval Office.
Happy birthday to the Chairman of the Board! What’s your favorite Frank Sinatra song?