Jimmy Kimmel and Barack Obama skewer Washington at the White House Correspondent's Dinner
With no new Saturday Night Live on the tube this weekend, it was up to the infamous "nerdprom" -- the 2012 White House Correspondent's Dinner -- to provide the weekend's political-based laughs, including shots by host Jimmy Kimmel at everyone from Kim Kardashian and former Current TV anchor Keith Olbermann to the president himself.
"There's a term for guys like President Obama...probably not two terms, but..." joked Kimmel, who seemed both visibly nervous and gleefully insulting, skewering everyone in the room and beyond, pushing the limits of comedy just enough that a few people had pained smiles pasted on. "If you told me when I was a kid, I would be sitting on the same dais as President Barack Obama, I would have said...the president's name is Barack Obama?"
If you followed any prominent journalists in social media, you got a particularly interesting look at the dinner; folks such as New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter and media columnist Rachel Sklar sent pictures and messages via Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #nerdprom.
The result was an experience where followers could get even closer to the action, seeing photos and snippets of encounters close to real time -- like looking through a friend's photo album seconds after the pictures were taken.
It's an odd bit of pageantry, leaving critics like me to wonder what Kardashian, Zooey Deschanel and other celebrity attendees really have to do with the intersection of politics and media such events represent. But in today's super-connected media universe, we may have no better evidence how intertwined the worlds of entertainment, news media, politics and power have become.
(For a really acerbic take, check Alex Pareene's version here)
Hopefully, it's not a trend where the public ends up being to the butt of the joke.
Enjoy Kimmel's and the President's routine below: