The fun side of politics: Best of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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    President Barack Obama high-fives Jimmy Kimmel during last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is something that everyone should look forward to watching every year. It is one of the few times when you will see the President of the United States relax and enjoy some good food, funny jokes and awesome company.

    All of the current political issues are — mostly — on hold on this special evening, while the president, senior government officials and members of the press have a great time for a good cause — proceeds from the dinner, which the White House Correspondents’ Association has held since 1920, help fund over $100,000 in scholarships.

    This dinner brings all the stars to the yard

    Media outlets usually invite celebs to sit at their tables, and this year is no different, although it is expected to have less “star power” than last year. NPR’s list included George Lucas; ABC has several stars from their own shows, including the lovely Sofia Vergara; and the Huffington Post will have Scarlett Johansson, plus some New Jersey power with Gov. Chris Christie and Jon Bon Jovi. And that’s just a few of the many celebs that will visit Washington this weekend, for not just the Correspondents’ Dinner, but the many parties that take place leading up to and after the event.

    Every year has been a memorable one, especially with the hilarious comedians that have headlined the event. Comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert — Who could forget that one? — Craig Ferguson and Wanda Sykes have taken the podium and definitely made the entire audience laugh. But they aren’t the only ones who can make the audience laugh.

    The most anticipated moment of the night might be the moment when the president takes the podium. The country gets to see a side of their leader that they don’t usually get to enjoy. Presidents have showed attendees their funny side, as they poke fun at other politicians and themselves — President Barack Obama did once refer to his core constituency, “movie stars” — before the real comedians do it.

    This year, Conan O’Brien will be taking the stage at the Correspondents’ Dinner for the second time — his first time was in 1995. There is no doubt that he will do an amazing job. Judging by his late-night talk show, he is definitely a character that will make everyone laugh the entire night.

    In order to prepare for this year’s dinner, here are some memorable moments from the last few years.

    2011: President Obama releases his ‘official birth video’ (skip to 2:29)

    2006: Stephen Colbert’s epic takedown of President George W. Bush

    2010: Obama takes on Jay Leno

    2011: Seth Meyers’ excellent roast of Donald Trump

    2008: Craig Ferguson, an immigrant ‘taking a job that Americans don’t want’


    2009: Wanda Sykes roasts Obama in his first Correspondents’ Dinner

    2000: President Bill Clinton presents his resume


    There is definitely a lot to look forward to this year. Make sure to watch the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner this Saturday and let us know what made you laugh!

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