Obama skewers the press corps.
On Saturday night, 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.
Host Conan O'Brien had riffs on the president, the press, and everyone's favorite target, Joe Biden, but since the event aired exclusively on C-SPAN, unless you were physically there, you probably didn't see it. Not to worry; below, our roundup of the best (and funniest) moments.
House of Cards Spoof
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. (You don't really need to have seen the show to get the jokes.)
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?").
Obama, the Movie
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.
Much 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 George W. Bush library has millions of books, articles and documents. And if you go, you can be the first to read them."), the press ("You know, some people say that print media is dying. But I don't believe it. And neither does my blacksmith."), and the failures of partisan politics ("President Obama and John Boehner are kind of like a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. In theory, they understand each other's positions, but deep down, you know nothing's ever gonna happen").