Annually The White House Correspondents’ Dinner brings out the media glitterati and celebrity political A-listers of Washington, DC. It is an annual affair where The President of The United States cracks jokes at the White House press corps’s expense. It is also a big night for Hollywood A-Listers who traverse the country to see and be seen in the audience. And it is a big night for top comedians as the one chosen to headline the event, has the unenviable task of roasting the leader of the free world, remembering that while he was roasting the press, Seal team 6 was popping Osama bin Laden between the eyes. This year the ‘victim’ was ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel as host.
As the info-graphic featured above shows, when it comes to headlining the annual Nerd Prom (as it is referred to by the members of the press in attendance) those are big shoes to fill when on the dais. Jimmy Kimmel was good. But, was he up to the standard set by Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers at past dinners? That will be the hotly debated question all day in Washington. (Oooh, I know I felt my pulse quicken.)
This year’s event held last night at the Washington, DC Hilton Hotel, the jokes flew and, as far as we know on this Sunday morning, no secret operations resulted in the death of an international baddie.
The President rocked the hall by making fun of the story that as a child he tasted dog meat:
And here were Jimmy Kimmel’s remarks where no one was spared. Last year it was Donald Trump, this year it was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who learned his state’s motto was not “The Olive Garden State”:
Denis G Campbell is the author of 6 books including 'Billionaire Boys Election Freak Show,' 'The Vagina Wars' & 'Egypt Unsh@ckled.' He is the editor of UK Progressive Magazine and provides commentary to the BBC, itv Al Jazeera English, CNN, MSNBC and others. His weekly 'World View with Denis Campbell' segment can be heard every Thursday on the globally syndicated The David Pakman Show. You can follow him on Twitter via @UKProgressive and on Facebook.
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