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Be Specific: Rhett Miller Talks White House Correspondents' dinner

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By Allison Stewart

Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller will take time out from recording a new double album with his band the Old 97's to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night (watch your back, fellow attendee Justin Bieber!). Miller, a guest of GQ's Washington correspondent and former Wonkette editor, Ana Marie Cox, tells Click Track all about it.

So let's talk about this thing. How excited are you, if at all?

I'm totally excited. I don't know a ton about politics, so it's gonna be a lot of touch and go for me. I'm going to be like a babe in the woods.

Have you ever seen it on TV? They [used to] get rowdy. Not rock and roll-type rowdy, but still.

The ones I've seen have been totally cool. I know Jay Leno is hosting, and he's always been really nice. I've done his show a bunch. I don't know. I'll have to believe it when I see it. If it really rivals rock and roll for rowdiness, I'll find out.

I think they were a lot more fun and rowdy during the Clinton years. But probably a lot of things were.

You never know. This might be the year when things get really weird.

Do you have a tux?

Yeah, GQ gave me a couple of tuxes. I think it's a Calvin Klein tux I'm gonna wear. It's very nice, beautiful.

Do you get to keep it?

I don't know. I could just not give it back. There's always that option. But I don't think so.

Who are you looking forward to meeting?

I'm looking forward to meeting Rachel Maddow. She seems very smart and funny and cool. I'd love to meet the President [laughs]. I don't think that's probably going to happen, but you never know. Being a total outsider and non-politico, I feel makes me an easier person for these people to talk to because they don't need to worry about me knowing anything about politics.
It's not like I don't know anything. I got pretty beaten down as a Texan during the Bush years. I've had kids since then and I really like Obama a lot…but when I get around Washington people, I feel like I really need to read a bunch of back issues of newspapers.

In reality, they probably want to talk to you about your world and not talk about politics for a while.

Exactly. Maybe I can provide a respite for them from the Beltway.

By Allison Stewart  |  April 30, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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