Comedian Conan O’Brien took a break from his late-night show; “Conan” to join President Obama in Washington, D.C. this Saturday at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Celebrities, politicians, and members of the media elite gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner—the Capitol’s version of a Comedy Central Roast—which was unofficially dubbed “nerd prom” for reasons no one seems to understand.
like his nightly monologue on TBS, some of Conan’s jokes struck a chord, while others fell painfully flat. But notable zingers included a swipe at George W. Bush’s new Presidential Library, the press, and the failures of partisan politics.
From BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith to Senator John McCain, everyone on the planet seemed to have a cameo in this hilarious parody, which starred Kevin Spacey as the wheeling-and-dealing politician he plays on House of Cards.
Love him or hate him, the president proved to be a good sport, taking the jokes as well as he dished them. Highlights included quips about his age (“I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be”), the Internet (“I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college at 2am”), CNN (“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is, I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story. Just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”), and Senator Mitch McConnell (“‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t YOU get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”).
Attendees were also treated to an exclusive first look at Steven Spielberg’s latest biopic, starring Tracy Morgan as Vice President Joe Biden, and Daniel Day Lewis as President Obama. The resemblance is uncanny.