Tanner skips town, Snyder misses flight

Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) isn’t staying in Washington this weekend for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. He has a much more important commitment: grandparents day at his grandson’s school.

At Thursday night’s Creative Coalition gala Tanner told ITK he and wife Betty Ann Tanner were scheduled to take a 5:30 a.m. flight to Memphis Friday morning in order to make the family affair.

Meanwhile Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) was at the event because he missed the last flight home for the day.

When Snyder heard ITK was at the Library of Congress to cover the mingling of politicians and celebrities he promptly volunteered to help -- pointing out various lawmakers and actors in the crowded reception.

“I need a job next year,” the retiring lawmaker joked.

There are certainly many more jobs Snyder is qualified for, but he does make a great wingman.

One person Snyder was excited to see was actress Dana Delany (pictured here), a co-president of the Creative Coalition. Delany has become a regular at many Washington events and she says it’s members of media she likes to see when she’s in town.

Jon Alter from ‘Newsweek,’ we went to high school together,” she said. She and Alter are graduates of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

Comedian Marlon Wayans was in town for his first dinner and he said his mother gave him some great advice: “Eat salad with the middle fork, hold the chair for the ladies, and don’t leave the room until the president leaves.”