Dave Chappelle Shows Up At the White House
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I should preface this by saying I'm a diehard Dave Chappelle fan. But this incident is just random, keep in mind it was reported this weekend that Chappelle was hospitalized this weekend for " exhaustion".
CNN correspondent Ed Henry writes:
As I arrived at the White House by foot, I noticed a small group of Secret Service officers gathered around a man with a black backpack but didnâ€™t think too much of it. People with backpacks somewhat routinely show up at the White House gates saying they have an appointment with the president, when they really do not. Thankfully, the backpacks are usually just full of harmless literature about the individualâ€™s pet cause. The Secret Service may take a brochure about Power Yoga or something, and the individual goes on his merry way without incident.
But as I headed through the screening machine in the Secret Serviceâ€™s security shack, I overheard someone say, â€œHey, thatâ€™s Dave Chappelle out there. Thatâ€™s Dave Chappelle, Iâ€™m telling you.â€
â€œNo way,â€ I said. â€œIsnâ€™t he in the hospital?â€
But then I spun around and looked through the glass of the security shack to find a guy who indeed looked exactly like Chappelle. I couldnâ€™t resist chasing a story â€” even a non-political one â€” so I grabbed my backpack and headed back to the street.
A man was standing at the gate asking Chappelle, â€œAre you who I think you are?â€
Chappelle scrunched his face into that familiar pose and declared: â€œAnd who do you think I am?â€
Confirmed â€” it was him. So I introduced myself and started walking with Chappelle toward the Treasury Department.
Chappelle looked healthy in a pair of black athletic pants and matching polo shirt. But there was a solitary cigarette with a lighter cupped delicately in his left hand as he walked casually, politely stopping at one point so that he did not step in the way of a tourist snapping a photo of her family in front of the North Portico of the White House.
I asked what he was doing in Washington. â€œIâ€™m just taking a stroll from Georgetown to the Hill,â€ he said, reminding me that he hails from Washington, his time in the city being one of the funnier riffs on his show.
Chappelle said he was feeling good and then asked me a question about covering the White House. â€œHas the president given you a nickname?â€ he asked.
Believe it or not, this is a frequent query because the president used to hand out nicknames to reporters like â€œStretchâ€ to a tall guy and â€œSuper Stretchâ€ to an even taller correspondent. But thatâ€™s sooooo 2001 â€” I started covering Mr. Bush in the second term so I never got one.
â€œOh,â€ Chappelle cracked. â€œThatâ€™s my favorite part of the Bush presidency â€” the nicknames.â€
Adam Howard is the editor of PEEK.