White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Full Coverage
Sometimes what the Beltway really needs is glamour and a good ribbing. See full coverage of “Nerd Prom.”
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel bombed with a joke about Keith Olbermann’s former employer Current TV going off “like a North Korean rocket” at Saturday evening’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the ousted Olbermann tweeted. Seems Olbermann doesn’t think that an annual event where even the president cracks wise at Newt Gingrich’s expense is the place to make jokes about his old post at Al Gore’s struggling channel. Olbermann took his complaints to Twitter, writing that Kimmel “desperately wanted me to fly to LA to be on his show this past Wednesday.” Olbermann later clarified, “I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes ... I’m complaining about the revenge element. It reminds me of O’Reilly.”
Obama Hosts ‘Nerd Prom’
The Gingriches, Sofía Vergara, and Gov. Chris Christie alike were at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. As was Rick Santorum, who took a photo of Lindsay Lohan, proving once again that politics are America’s highest form of entertainment. A star-studded crowd of 2,000 gathered to hear Jimmy Kimmel and President Obama trade comedic barbs, with the commander in chief at one time remarking, “I have the nuclear codes. What am I doing telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian?” The president took aim at Mitt Romney, at one point saying that Romney would call the Hilton ballroom a “fixer-upper.” Last year at the annual event, Obama delivered his speech after giving the go-ahead to eliminate al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
It’s OK, they’re still BFFs. Barack Obama poked Secretary of State and globetrotting text-message superstar Hillary Clinton at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, griping that she is in the habit of “drunk texting me.” We’re sure Obama found a missive on his Blackberry after stepping down from the podium, perhaps along the lines of, “Totes too soon. Love ya! – Hilz.”