No kidding. Tony Kornheiser was at the White House Correspondents Association dinner and the party after hosted by Vanity Fair and Bloomberg at the French ambassador's Kalorama mansion. N-O kidding. I couldn't believe my eyes. His being there is notable not because he doesn't belong but because Tony is the most anti-social socially skeptical person around, at least in all of his quadrant of northwest Washington, and up and down Connecticut Avenue, and admirably so. He is a hero to other skeptics (me, included). Tony being there gave the party a seal of worthiness the hosts hopefully recognized. Almost any splashy party can have Sofia Vergara and Jon Bon Jovi. But Kornheiser? Nah, not so easy.
While I could have gone about snapping pics of movie and sitcom stars I was instead drawn to Korny. Like everyone else he was dressed up in a tuxedo and looked quite fetching. When he introduced a group of people to each other, a group that included Maureen Orth and her son Luke Russert, he completely forgot to include Mo in the round of intro's, and here's what happened. She looked at him and said, "F U Tony Kornheiser." Haha. You know, it was said with affection, but that made it a party, at least in the little corner of the French ambassador's terrace where we were hanging out.
Spending time with Tony made the party more fun, less tedious. He doesn't know this but I took these photos at the risk of being thrown out (Vanity Fair sent an embassy staffer to warn me I would be booted and never invited back), but the risk was worth it, on behalf of Tony's fans, the notorious Littles. I could have listened all evening to his long and interesting conversation with Tony Romo, in which Romo was exclaiming everything will be different this year. Oh, really?
Thank you Willie Geist for acting as my agent and recommending that Tony appear on my show. Willie was a guest a year ago. But good luck with bagging Tony. I've been asking for years, since back when we started The Q&A Cafe at Nathans, and I'm no closer than I ever was to getting a "yes." But he's always very friendly when he see's me.
What did Tony and Willie discuss? Among other subjects, Matt Lauer, but that part was OFF THE RECORD.
I got a ride home with Nnamdi Asomugha of the San Francisco 49ers. We had a good conversation in the back of his hired sedan. He proves, once again, that people involved in sports - like Tony - can be much smarter than people who are not.