What Is Washington, D.C.'s #NerdProm – and Why Did Kendall Jenner Score an Invite?
While teens across the country preen and primp for this spring's crop of high school dances, there's a group of adults in Washington, D.C., doing the same
While teens across the country preen and primp for this spring’s crop of high school dances, there’s a group of adults in Washington, D.C., doing the same – with no punch-spiking necessary.
The White House Correspondent’s Dinner has almost arrived, an annual political event that’s increasing star factor has earned it the nickname “#nerdprom.”
Held at the Washington Hilton (this year on Saturday), the Correspondents’ Dinner honors the reporters who cover politics from the front lines: in the White House Correspondents’ Association’s West Wing press room. Journalists from the country’s top news organizations don their finest to be entertained by a comedic host – this year, Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore – and dine on things like smoked paprika rubbed filet and mascarpone cheese stone grits.
And the prom king? President Barack Obama, of course – who’s relinquishing his title after 2016, his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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The president gets his chance to finally rib the reporters who cover his every move, taking the podium in front of a who’s who of guests.
“Of course the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is known of the prom of Washington, D.C., a term coined by political reporters who clearly never had the chance to go to an actual prom,” he once joked during his speech.
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The shindig isn’t reserved for just Capitol Hill elites, however – some of Hollywood’s finest are bequeathed a seat at the pricy tables (ticket fees raise money for scholarships).
“I was asked by every single group of media available to mankind [to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner],” he told The Hill. “But I’ve decided not to go. Do you know why? I would have a good time and the press would say I look like I wasn’t having a good time.”