WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s often called the “nerd prom,” where celebrities, politicians and journalists all gather together at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the giggle fest.
Comedian Joel McHale hosted the good-natured evening, introducing President Obama thusly, “Good evening, Mr. President, or as Paul Ryan refers to you, yet another inner city minority relying on the federal government to feed and house your family.”
McHale didn’t let up, taking down both sides of the aisle, adding this shot at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: “Governor, do you want bridge jokes or size jokes? Becasue I got a bunch of both and I know you like a combo platter.”
Then President Obama, known for his sense of humor, took the stage. Obama said, “An American won the Boston marathon for the first time in 30 years. Which was inspiring…and only fair since a Kenyan has been president for the last six. ”
The annual event funds scholarships for aspiring journalists and recognizes excellence in the journalism profession while poking a sharp stick at some of its reporting.