Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis at the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner

Today’s Throwback Thursday is from when the tall one headed to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner.

This black tie shindig, thrown by the Washington Correspondents Association, happens annually at The Washington Hilton. 2016 marked the 102nd anniversary of this dinner! You can read in great detail about the history of this organization, and it’s relationship with the White House and the president, both present and past. The stated goal of the gathering is stated as such on their website:

“Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA DINNER tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the WHCA.”

Photo by Jacquelyn Martin for AP

So it’s a fun night of schmoozing, boozing, eating, and laughing, all for a good cause! The speeches given during dinner include some good-natured “roasting”, or “making fun” of the attendees. President Obama has, in particular, been rather incredible in his delivery during these dinners. While I am certain he has the best team of comedians and writers crafting his perfect speech, his comedic timing and charisma definitely make those words into comedy gold. This year’s dinner was no exception, President Obama’s 30 minute speech was filled with playful jokes and jabs and reached back and forth across the aisle.

This might be the only time it’s said without sarcasm: Thanks, Obama.

But you know our favorite moment, of course, was the attendance of our favorite fellow, Mr. Damian Lewis!

Photo by Getty Images, RIP Damian’s beard.

The Daily Mail, based in the UK, was excited to announce the attendance of two “British hunks”, both Damian Lewis and Tom Hiddleston, in their “sharp suits.”















While scoring a ticket or invite to this event seems to be complicated, both Tom and Damian attended as guests of The President and The First Lady.

Put Benedict Cumberbatch in the middle, and you’ll have my ultimate British “dream team.”

Tom and Damian, out on the town together? This is 100% a bromance I could get behind. I found it rather funny that The Daily Mail described Damian as looking “suave, despite his bearded state.” As if he rolled in there like Grizzly Adams or something!

I’m dating myself with a “Grizzly Adams” reference, aren’t I?

Getty Images captured many beautiful photos from the evening, including this series of Damian, Tom and Michelle Dockery. These Brits always seem to find one another at events like this!

Gotta love a gal that can pull off yellow. Beautiful!
The combined beauty, talent and charisma in this photo alone could power a rocket to the sun and back. GET ON IT, SCIENCE. UNTAPPED RESOURCES.

And I loved seeing Damian shaking hands and posing with my man, Bernie Sanders. Before I was “with her”, I was certainly “feeling the bern”. And these photos, back in April, tickled the happiest parts of my brain.

No, wait, THIS is my actual dream team.

These photos of Emma Watson and Damian are adorable.

It’s good to know that famous folks even fangirl out over one another.
Her face.

Should she be writing for us?

Like, based on these photos, I kinda feel like she might be one of us.

Vanity Fair was on hand, of course, to document all the beauty and glamour of the evening, even setting up a photo booth and gathering celebrities and politicians for some beautiful, elegant shots. Their instagram  was blowing up with gorgeous faces all evening. When it came time for Damian and Tom to step in front of the camera, these two couldn’t help themselves, it seems.

Yep, that happened.  Smoulder into….the robot.  Gotta love it!!

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