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Mr. Woodson goes to Washington

Apr 26, 2012 -- 2:13pm
 
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GREEN BAY – First, Charles Woodson used President Barack Obama’s allegiance to the Chicago Bears as motivational speech fodder. Then, when the President visited Wisconsin not long after Super Bowl XLV, Woodson sent him a signed jersey and made sure he didn’t forget who won the NFL title.

And when it came time for the Green Bay Packers veteran cornerback and his teammates to visit the White House, he delivered a share of Packers stock to the President as the two continued their good-natured back-and-forth.

The comedy team of Obama and Woodson will be together again this weekend. And while there’ll be jokes on the menu, Woodson will only be listening to them, he won’t be delivering them. He’ll leave that to the President and late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Woodson is headed to Washington, D.C., and will be in the crowd for Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

“I’m living a dream,” Woodson said via text message Thursday afternoon, confirming his invitation and plans to attend.

Woodson is among a handful of celebrities taking part in the dinner, which will feature Kimmel as the headliner. Woodson is set to sit with POLITICO, along with Ivanka Trump, Bobby Jindal, Rachel Zoe, Charlize Theron, Eva Longoria and Ari Emanuel (Rahm’s brother and the inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s character for Ari Gold on Entourtage). In additionally, Politico’s Mike Allen will be hosting a breakfast with Woodson that is open to the public on Friday morning.

Other celebrities slated to attend include Zooey Deschanel (Bloomberg), Dakota Fanning (Huffington Post), Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner (Fox News), Lindsay Lohan (Fox’s Greta Van Susteren), Paul Rudd (ABC), Reese Witherspoon (Newsweek/Daily Beast), Diane Keaton (People), David Petraeus (Newsweek), George Clooney and Stacy Keibler (TIME), Martha Stewart (USA Today), Sofía Vergara (ABC) and Stevie Wonder (American Urban Radio Networks).

Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists.

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