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.


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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates 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 SpicerThe Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? 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 BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE's entry into the Democratic primary the previous day.

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