By Judy Kurtz
It was a tale of three political-themed shows on Saturday, as cast members from “Scandal,” “Veep,” and “House of Cards” all descended on Georgetown for the annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch.
The annual gathering — which this year celebrated the work of Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families — had guests struggling to keep their political dramas straight. Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s “Scandal” was seen laughing and shaking hands with another fictional commander-in-chief, Michael Gill, also known as President Garrett Walker in the Netflix hit “House of Cards.”
So there’s no battle between the shows?
“Huge rivalry!” Gill replied with a big laugh.
Other actors from “House of Cards” eyed at the fete included Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, and Sebastian Arcelus. “Scandal’s” first lady, Bellamy Young, said she was looking forward to meeting the real FLOTUS later that evening at the dinner. Other “Scandal” stars Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, Scott Foley, and Dan Bucatinsky also joined the brunch revelers. HBO’s “Veep” cast members Tony Hale, Reid Scott, and Timothy Simons rounded out the bunch.
The annual garden brunch had an array of hosts, including: Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve and Jean Case, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Steve McMahon, David Adler, and Franco Nuschese.
Other brunch guests spotted among the VIP crowd: Lupita Nyong’o, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren and husband John Coale, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Sir Patrick Stewart, “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison, former “Smash” star Katharine McPhee, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, NBC4’s Angie Goff, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, Sheila Casey of The Hill and Blue Star Families, “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, and Arianna Huffington.