May 4th, 2014
03:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Political Chatter: Benghazi, Ukraine and deconstructing Obama’s veiled humor

At the annual White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, President Barack Obama and news groups were roasted and toasted amidst a crowd full of Hollywood celebrities. On Sunday morning, journalists got back on topic, dissecting the latest deadly violence in Ukraine, the ongoing investigation into Benghazi and of course, presidential politics.

If you missed the Sunday political talk shows, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest events and opinion in Washington with this comprehensive round up of all things political:

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May 3rd, 2014
10:05 PM ET
5 months ago

Celebs, jokes, Obama all part of big time at press dinner

Hollywood heavies and other glitterati descend on Washington on Saturday night to light up the capital and lighten up the press corps. Here are social media highlights for what some refer to as #nerdprom.

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Joel McHale to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
February 14th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
7 months ago

Joel McHale to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

(CNN) - Comedian Joel McHale will be the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the group announced Friday.

McHale is best known as host of E!'s satire show “The Soup” and star of NBC's comedy “Community.”

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Palin no fan of ‘pathetic’ #nerdprom
April 28th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin no fan of ‘pathetic’ #nerdprom

(CNN) - Conan O’Brien and President Barack Obama may have had the political crowd in high spirits at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, but in Alaska, Sarah Palin wasn’t laughing.

“Yuk it up media and pols,” the former Alaska governor wrote on her Facebook page. “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves. No need for that, we get the real joke.”
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Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom'
April 27th, 2013
11:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spared few from his zingers at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner - including himself.

He stepped to the podium as DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" played as an introduction and told the audience, "Rush Limbaugh warned you about this - second term, baby."

His advisers were "a little worried about the new rap entrance music," and suggested that he kick off his speech with jokes at his own expense to "take himself down a peg." But, the president responded, "after 4½ years, how many pegs are there left?"

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White House Correspondents' Dinner
April 27th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
1 year ago

White House Correspondents' Dinner

Tune to CNN from 9-11pm ET for live coverage of the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

(CNN) - It's the biggest dinner inside the Beltway where the president, journalists and Hollywood celebrities gather in Washington for an evening of socializing and typically lighthearted speeches. Along with President Obama, the event headliner is talk show host Conan O'Brien.

See below for an inside look at the event through social media posts from attendees on CNN's Storify.
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April 27th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: No one is safe during White House dinner

(CNN) - At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, everyone is fair game. Brianna Keilar takes a look at presidential jokes.

April 26th, 2013
08:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Conan visits the White House

(CNN) - Conan O'Brien toured the White House on Friday. The comedian is the host of the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

After the last two weeks, is it time for a laugh?
April 26th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
1 year ago

After the last two weeks, is it time for a laugh?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has had to give some tough speeches in the past couple of weeks. From consoling Boston and West, Texas to scolding Congress for failing to pass gun control legislation, the president's messages have been heavy.

As he gears up to speak at the White House Correspondents' Dinner–a typically light-hearted Beltway event that brings Hollywood to Washington–will the president deliver the traditional comedic routine? Or will he play it straight, as presidents have done in the past during times of tragedy.
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Tweet of the day: It's the 'nerd prom,' after all
February 20th, 2013
02:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Tweet of the day: It's the 'nerd prom,' after all

(CNN) - If you had the ear of the president and Washington journalists, what would you say?

Conan O'Brien, the comedian tapped to entertain at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner in April, has it figured out.
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