"I'm Daniel Day Lewis": The White House Correspondents Dinner
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"I'm Daniel Day-Lewis": The White House Correspondents Dinner

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Videos | April 29, 2013 | Comments ()


The White House Correspondents Dinner went off on Saturday night, with some quite entertaining bits, including the following video of Steven Spielberg introducing his new film Obama. Conan O'Brien hosted, and though he was entertaining, there were no instant classics like Jimmy Kimmel high-fiving the President to rub it in the face of his high school gym teacher, and certainly nothing approaching the immortal deconstruction of the entire Bush presidency by Stephen Colbert's in-character tour de force.

The Spielberg sketch is below, and the video then links to a number of other clips and excerpts from the evening, so consider this your time waster of the morning:

And if you want to have your faith in humanity completely destroyed, go ahead and read the angry, vicious, ignorant, trolls vomiting all through the YouTube comments. Such as:

"That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom."

No wait, that wasn't YouTube. That was a Sarah Palin tweet. You can tell because none of the trolls on YouTube have pictures all over the Internet of themselves at the White House Correspondents Dinner after parties of a couple years ago.

But she has a fair point. It is the height of selfish laziness for a bunch of reporters to hold an annual party on a Saturday night in order to raise money for scholarships. The nerve of people committing charity in their time off. First you get unions, then the kids don't work in coal mines eighteen hours a day, and sooner or later you end up with MSNBC.

But joking aside, "#nerdprom" as an insult?

I could list a thousand cutting comebacks to that, but they all underline one central fact that is apparently missed by Ms. Palin. The nerds won.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I guess her overworked ass had the day off in 2011 when she attended the WHCD. I suppose it was somewhere in the two years since in which she forgot the meanings of the words 'annual' and 'tradition'. Oh, look who's sad because she wasn't invited this year? Nuh-uh, that's not why she's mad, right? I'd tell her to go cry about it to FOX News but didn't one of their employees organize the dinner this year? This is suddenly something that the Democrats invented as a wanton bacchanalia like something out of Fellini film just to make the working man choke on the pus that make the tower so ivory? Say it if you will, else what's an internet for? Still, I think I'd like to listen to something with a better scope and understanding of history and fortunately The Mighty Hercules is on.
    Suffering Psyche!

  • John

    Palin is, as always, a fool, but some of us aren't that thrilled that the media was such a part of the winning team. Surely there's some middle ground between eviscerating a president and spending eight years kissing his ass.

  • Maguita NYC

    I still love Seth Myers for his 2011 intro. So full of Donald-Trump put-down goodness:


  • Lee

    Awwwww...somebody didn't get invited to the party.

  • e jerry powell

    My actual prom was a nerd prom. I went to a magnet high school.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    YOU TOO!?!!? We really ARE sisters!

  • e jerry powell


  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think "nerd prom" is a common nickname for the event, not a Palin invention.

    But Palin's tweet is still pretty stupid. Lots of associations have annual dinners to present awards and celebrate their industries.

  • True_Blue

    I would have gone to my prom if it had been a "nerd prom".

    As for working--what "work" does Palin do now, since she quit her job? Everybody knows someone else writes the books for her, and she puts her name on them, right?

  • abell

    Frankly, I do find the chumminess of the established media and the Washington political class unsettling. To quote Mencken, "...it is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics." Not sure that nerdprom is the right way to go about that, but, I do know that the only reason you're still reading about Palin is to make yourself angry.

  • Maguita NYC

    Personally, I see it more as a once-a-year opportunity to shake hands and shake-off any residual bad feelings between Washington and the media, as well as raise money for education.

    All media is invited, notwithstanding their accuracy or lack thereof on reporting and partisanship (Fox "News"). If all are on equal footing, than there is no harm no foul.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    well, someone from Fox is current president of the WHPC, so...yeah, Fox gets an invite.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    In all seriousness, though: Giancarlo Esposito as Obama. They're like parallel universe versions of each other.

  • Az

    Palin is just pissed cause she knows full well the only abysmally, truly offensively stupid girls invited to nerd proms are the really hot ones nerds want to fuck. That's right Sarah Palin, your outside has causght up with your inside and no one wants you. Not. Even. The . Nerds.

  • Xtacle Steve

    Of course, it isn't a YouTube comment. Where are the racist or homophobic remarks? Where are the threats to Rebecca Black? I will give Pailin this, though. She knows how to keep herself relevant. Not 2008 relevant, but more like that last pubic crab fighting through the special shampoo while desperately grabbing at that wirery life rope.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Do you write for a living? That was a very vivid visual. hahaha

  • kucheza

    I want to go to nerdprom. So bad.


  • zeke_the_pig

    Yeah, the WHCD really is forever gonna live in the shadow of that Colbert masterpiece. But then again so are we all, with whatever endeavour we undertake.

  • Sherry

    Can someone post the link to Colbert? All I'm getting is Obama's speech (which is pretty darned funny--highly recommend).

  • Rochelle
  • Sherry

    I think that's from 2011?

  • Rochelle


  • Sherry

    N/m, I'm a moron. I didn't read correctly and thought that Colbert spoke at this year's. Sorry!

  • Rochelle

    I'm going to go re-watch the Colbert speech now. Farewell my productivity! I won't miss you.

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