Over the past five years, the Beltway media-political crowd has watched the daughters of the late David Bloom grow up. The NBC reporter died of deep-vein thrombosis while covering the Iraq invasion in 2003. Two years later, the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Association named an award for him, and in 2006, his daughters became the annual presenters of the prize. See video of their yearly appearances, courtesy of C-SPAN...
Twins Nicole and Christine Bloom were 12 in 2006 when they presented the award for the first time, in front of a dinner audience that included Vice President Dick Cheney.
They returned in 2007, when President George W. Bush was the dinner’s headliner, joined by their little sister Ava, then 7.
In 2008, the Bloom sisters happily announced their mother Melanie’s new marriage to Dan McNulty, a widower who brought two children of his own to their family.
In 2009, they delivered condolences to Luke Russert, whose father Tim of “Meet the Press” had died the previous spring.
In 2010, Ava took the place of Christine, who was off at lacrosse camp.
All three came to the stage last week at the 2011 gala, renamed the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner.