The Woodhouse family — both wings and the center — will be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner this year as guests of C-SPAN, thanks to the immense popularity of the brothers’ appearance on a segment in December livened up by their mother’s unexpected phone call.
C-SPAN spokesman Howard Mortman tells Dome that the network typically doesn’t invite celebrity guests, as other major news media outlets do. (It has broadcast the dinner every year since 1993.) But a video clip from the December appearance went crazy on the Internet.
And so the network will host conservative Dallas Woodhouse of Raleigh and liberal Brad Woodhouse of Washington, D.C., and their mother, Joyce Woodhouse of Raleigh at the Saturday, April 25 event. Mom will also appear on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program the day before (a Friday), and do a post-dinner phone interview that Sunday.
“This year we wanted to include Joyce Woodhouse, and her sons, because of the impact her phone call to Washington Journal had,” Mortman said Wednesday by email. “Her phone call was recognized and reported nationwide (her call is our fifth-most watched YouTube ever), and for C-SPAN she personifies the value of including calls – the views, comments, opinions of our audience – in our programming.”
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On the December show, Brad and Dallas Woodhouse were trading their usual punches, when the host took a call from their mother, who said she was just hoping for a peaceful family gathering at Christmas. The boys were clearly embarrassed — on a national stage.
The brothers were featured in a documentary last year, “Woodhouse Divided,” which can be seen at woodhousedivided.com. Dallas W. is the former North Carolina president of Americans for Prosperity and currently runs Carolina Rising. Brad W. heads American Bridge.