Qatari embassy's correspondents weekend party light on jokes, big on dancing
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Members of both political parties engaged in a rhetorical ceasefire for a night of drinks and dancing Friday at the Qatari embassy to the United States' pre-party for White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner.

Held at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in conjunction with the Washington Diplomat, newspaper editor Victor Shiblie gave brief remarks midway through the festivities.

"No speeches today; no jokes tomorrow," Shiblie said, in a nod to the fact there would not be a comedian presiding over the correspondents' dinner Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf delivered an incendiary routine last year.

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Rather, historian Ron Chernow will speak at the annual gathering.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE will also not be in attendance at the Saturday dinner and will instead be in Green Bay, Wis., to hold a rally. The president also told members of his administration not to attend the dinner.

But that did not stop former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerKayleigh McEnany to take over as White House press secretary Grisham leaves role as White House press secretary Sean Spicer to release second book in October, 'Leading America' MORE, who attended an event at the Irish Ambassador's house Thursday, from heading to the party at the USIP.

The former Trump administration official arrived with a camera crew in tow as part of his new gig as a special correspondent for "Extra."

Throughout the night, D.J.s Rem and Spider kept a healthy mix of Backstreet Boys, Prince, Aerosmith and Whitney Houston spinning. At one point, Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey could be seen grooving to Outkast's "Hey Ya."

Also in attendance: Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), who asked ITK if the reporter had seen "The Avengers: Endgame," as well as former Romney 2012 campaign deputy press secretary Ryan Williams, who is now at Targeted Victory.

Former Rep. Jim MoranJames (Jim) Patrick MoranLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Star-studded cast to perform play based on Mueller report DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report MORE (D-Va.), who occasionally works with Qatari Ambassador Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, was also at the event and spoke positively about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths MORE's entry into the Democratic primary the previous day.

"I love Joe and I'd love to see him as president," Moran said.