CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd washed the glitz and glam off of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, reminding viewers it’s just another elitist “swamp” party.
CNN anchor John Berman noted that he could tell Mudd was “judging” the images of journalists and White House staffers all dressed up and rubbing elbows with one another at the WHCD.
“Look, referring to this as the swamp is courteous. This is a pain in the ass,” Mudd asserted. “Let me give you some characteristics, seriously, for people who haven’t been here.”
“There’s three thousand people here. If you’re not a VIP let me give you a couple of characteristics,” he continued. “Number one, it’s a watered down drink for a guy who likes a cocktail. Number two, not kidding, there’s thousands — you cannot move. You’ve got like two inches to move. And number three, let me give you Washington, D.C. … every person you talk to … looks at you and then looks over your shoulder and says, ‘is there anyone else more important to talk to?'”
The rest of the panel started laughing at Mudd’s analysis, and Berman added, “Phil Mudd, hating on a party.”