White House cold at Kennedy Center
The stars and CEOs from Hollywood and Broadway who were eager to descend on the Obama White House for the annual Kennedy Center Honors this past weekend found the place a lot frostier and less hospitable than during the Bush years.
The show itself honoring Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro and Mel Brooks, among others, was a resounding hit, but the White House seemed to be still traumatized by the incursions of the social-climbing, state dinner-crashing Salahis.
While President Bush in past years shook every celebrity hand and posed for photos with visitors at the White House reception, the Obamas remained aloof, fleeing to their box at the Kennedy Center.
Stunned by recent security breaches, the White House kept guests shivering outside in 30-degree weather, opening the reception 10 minutes late and shuttling guests through 25 minutes of repeated screenings and pat-downs, all of which took place outside.
Several stars grumbled; one suggested to a social secretary that the Obama staff study the Academy Awards for lessons in celebrity management. (continues here at Variety)