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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Videos | April 29, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Videos | April 29, 2013 |

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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.