It's unofficially called the "Nerd Prom."
And Saturday night's White House Correspondent's Dinner, attended by Washington, D.C.'s elite and a cavalcade of celebrities lived up to its promise with a lot of pomp and punditry. The guest of honor was, per usual, the president, and this year's comedy emcee was Joel McHale of NBC's Community and E's The Soup.
But it was Obama who got the best laughs of the night:
"The Koch brothers bought a table here this evening but they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front. Good evening, Fox News."
“I’m feeling sorry for the speaker of the House as well. These days, House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they give me. These days, orange really is the new black."
“In 2008, my slogan was ‘Yes we can.' In 2013, my slogan was ‘Control, Alt, Delete.’”
And here are a few from Joel McHale:
"Over 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, which sounds impressive; until you realize Ashley Tisdale has 12 million Twitter followers."
“I’m a big fan of President Obama. I think he’s one of the all-time great presidents. Definitely in the top 50.”
"The launch of HealthCare.gov was a disaster. It was so bad. I don't even have an analogy because the website is now the thing people use to describe other bad things. They say things like, 'I shouldn't have eaten that sushi, because I was up all night HealthCare.gov-ing.'"
"Mr. President, when you said you would close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, that was a classic. That was hilarious."