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The cure to an early flight from L.A. to Washington, D.C.? For Joe Manganiello, it's a big cup of, well, joe. The actor fuels up for his weekend at the White House Correspondents' Dinner while traveling with his brother, Nick, on Friday.
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"Wheels down D.C., thank you, Virgin America," the True Blood star writes after landing safely in our nation's capital.
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Manganiello, a guest of PEOPLE at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, is greeted by bubbly, chocolates and some required reading (hello, George!) in his D.C. hotel room on Friday. "Such a nice welcome from Jess [Cagle, PEOPLE's editorial director] and the St. Regis," the actor writes.
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Before a Friday night at the annual PEOPLE/[LINK White House Correspondents' Dinner cocktail party" "" "" "0" ], Manganiello and his crew pop by chef Art Smith's hot D.C. spot, Art amp Soul, for a bite. "Amazing dinner," Manganiello says. "Thank you chef!"
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Care to share a bite, Joe? The actor has a delicious surprise waiting in his hotel room after Friday night's festivities.
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Signing a copy of his book Evolution for a very V.I.P. on Saturday morning, the actor writes, "Swimsuit season is right around the corner!"
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Spending some of his Saturday sightseeing, Manganiello poses in front of the Washington Monument with PEOPLE's Jess Cagle.
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FOLLOWING THE LEADER
On a private tour of the White House (this stop: the press room!), Manganiello rubs elbows with White House staffer Allen Jones, who guided the actor and his group around the building.
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Sorry, readers! Manganiello continues his White House tour on Saturday afternoon – but no photos allowed.
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Looking good, fellas! The star and his brother (and weekend photographer!) get all dressed up for Saturday night's Correspondents' Dinner.
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POINT OF ENTRY
That's the ticket – literally! Manganiello shows off the all-important invite for Saturday night's main event.
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Looks like a real page-turner, eh? The evening's place setting includes a commemorative program outlining the details of the night (though we bet it didn't include inside info on the President's jokes!).
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