How the Obamas Made Washington Hot!

06/14/2009 at 11:45 AM EDT

How the Obamas Made Washington Hot!
Seen in D.C. (clockwise from top left): The Obamas, Rashida Jones, Kal Penn and Kate Walsh
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There's a new couple in the White House and seemingly overnight our nation's capital – a town known for filibusters, not fun – is suddenly a magnet for Hollywood starlets, reality TV shows and high-profile idealists wanting to get in on a little high-minded action. Here's a look at some of those beguiled by the Beltway:

Dating in the D.C.
After splitting from The Office nice guy John Krasinski, Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones, 33, has been hanging with President Obama's 28-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau. "It's not serious," a source reveals, but they are an item. Meanwhile, taking a break from her doctor duties at the Oceanside Wellness Center, Private Practice star Kate Walsh, 41, has been spotted cuddling with another young administration hotshot, Sean Smith. How's this for a title? Smith, 38, is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

At Your Service
Swapping his SAG card for a seat in the White House, former House resident Kal Penn will make Washington home when he joins the Office of Public Liaison, working to get the Obama message out in the world of the arts and the Asian-American Pacific Islander. "The opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor," the actor, 32, told Entertainment Weekly.

The Housewives Are Coming
Hoping to mirror success in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Orange County, Calif., Bravo is taking its trash-tastic Real Housewives franchise to Washington, casting from a pool of "cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates and philanthropic leaders." Not to be left out, MTV has announced the Real World will be taking up residence "in the heart of where history is made," in the words of the network's president of programming. Production begins later this summer. And come this fall, 20-something social butterflies will be the focus of a CW docu-series titled Blonde Charity Mafia. Think Gossip Girl goes to Georgetown!

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