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White House correspondents dinner: Celebrities in the audience weigh in [Photos]

May 1, 2011 |  8:21 pm

White House Correspondents Dinner: Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Alyssa Milano

Sure, this year the White House correspondents dinner had President Obama's attention-grabbing jabs at Donald Trump and the birthers. But what made the annual event bubble, besides the political banter and inside-the-Beltway journalism small talk, were the celebrities, of course.

Mila-kunis-wolf-blitzer Rosario Dawson, John Legend, Mila Kunis, "Glee's" Matthew Morrison and Chris Colfer, "True Blood's" Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, and celebrity-couple fascination of the moment Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn showed an interest in politics Saturday night in Washington.

Johansson and Penn arrived separately -- she on the arm of twin brother Hunter -- and sat at different tables before leaving for a much-buzzed-about smoke break, and were even seen holding hands!

And what did the celebrities in the crowd think of the event and the president's comic timing?

"I'm so overwhelmed being here. I keep getting teary eyed. #WHCD," Alyssa Milano tweeted. (Forgive her if she seemed a bit emotional. She is pregnant.)

"Not only is he the President he is also a comedian ... His speech was so funny!," tweeted "Pretty Little Liars" actress Shay Mitchell, who was born in Canada.

"Was @ the dinner last night an[d] our president killed it like an old school comedy club...," "Entourage" actor Jeremy Piven tweeted.

The event also might also have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship:

Author and political daughter Meghan McCain had something to say about former "Real Housewives of D.C." cast member Mary Amons: "@maryamons you are my new favorite person to gossip with! xo." 

Who else was there? Check out our red carpet gallery from the White House correspondents dinner.

-- Whitney Friedlander

Upper photos: From left, Scarlett Johansson, John Legend and Alyssa Milano attend the White House correspondents dinner. Credits: Michael Reynolds / EPA, left; Chris Kleponis / AFP/Getty Images, center; Alex Brandon / Associated Press, right.

Lower photo: "Black Swan" actress Mila Kunis laughs with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Credit: Kris Connor / Getty Images