White House Correspondents Dinner

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You Decide: Is Obama Arrogant or Awesome?
Take our poll on the president's dramatic mic drop

President Barack Obama made sure his final White House Correspondents' Dinner would be memorable on Saturday. After a merciless roast of Donald Trump, the president said he had just two last words: "Obama out," after which he dropped the microphone to the ground and walked away from the podium.  

Dropping the microphone and walking offstage has long been a dramatic, if abrupt, way to end a speech. But it's taken on a new life on the internet in recent years, with #micdrop coming into wide use on Twitter as a conclusion to a forceful message, a way to say the writer won't be continuing a conversation or taking questions.  

10 Times CNN Was Butt of Correspondents' Dinner Jokes
White House: President's quips were merely 'in good fun'

Comedian Larry Wilmore speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on Saturday night. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Ah, those White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend traditions: brunches, parties, networking, Hollywood stars, Tammy Haddad -- and jokes at CNN’s expense.  

When a reporter from the network asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about President Barack Obama’s latest #WHCD jab, he shot back: “Don't tell me you guys get all sensitive!”  

Obama, Wilmore Pound CNN at Annual D.C. Spectacle
President, comedian jab media outlets at correspondents' dinner

President Barack Obama continued a Washington tradition during his final White House Correspondents' Association dinner appearance by jabbing the media, in particular a few sharp elbows from him and the gala's comedic host at CNN.  

CNN typically is perhaps the leading target of the president and the annual dinner's host, Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central . And the 2016 incarnation of what’s known on social media as #WHCD was no exception.  

Best WHCD Party Is at the Renwick, Say Roll Call Readers
Google, HBO, Smithsonian party voted best for location and guest list

The parties around the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner are the toughest tickets in town. (Brad Barket/Getty Images file photo)

The Google, HBO, Smithsonian party at the Renwick is officially the best White House Correspondents’ Dinner party in town. Respondents to our online poll voted this event best for both location and celebrity guest list.  

The Renwick at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW won the most votes for best location. This museum party is at 8 p.m. on Friday. While a visit to the Renwick is a must, first-timers take note: Friday may not be the best time to make your debut. This is a very hard party to get into .  

Get Ready for Party City
D.C. rolls out the red carpet for Correspondents' Dinner week

Do you get to go to the main event? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It's "Nerd Prom" time in the nation's capital — that time when the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner turns the District into Party City. For the next four days, members of the government, the media and a smattering of celebrities will take over Washington's social scene and all the parties surrounding the big event with the president.

   

Which White House Correspondents' Dinner Party Looks Best?
Bryan Cranston or Connie Britton? The Hamilton or the Spanish Embassy?