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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 SpicerApril Ryan on 'farewell drinks' for Sarah Sanders: 'I won't be there!' What President Trump needs in his next press secretary  Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House 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 MoranStar-studded cast to perform play based on Mueller report DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report Bottom line 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE's entry into the Democratic primary the previous day.

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