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White House correspondents' after-dinner jokes: Best zingers from the 'nerd prom' (+video)

Saturday night was the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Here are some of the best jokes, plus a menu designed especially for Washington and Hollywood celebrities.

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"One thing [Republicans] all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. Call it self-centered, but I could think of one minority they could start with. Think of me as a trial run. See how it goes."

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“I'm taking my charm offensive on the road – a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann.”

Scheduled barely two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, the dinner had its serious moments too.

Obama said this about press coverage of that tragic event:

“If anyone wonders … whether newspapers are a thing of the past, all you needed to do was to pick up or log on to papers like the Boston Globe,” he said. “When their communities and the wider world needed them most, they were there making sense of events that might at first blush seem beyond our comprehension. And that’s what great journalism is, and that’s what great journalists do.”

The nerd prom wasn’t universally lauded.

TV old-timer Tom Brokaw says it’s too star-studded.

He told Politico: “That dinner, as it has been constituted for the past several years, is saying, ‘We’re Versailles. The rest of you eat cake.’”

Such a sour-puss! We here at Decoder Central would do most anything for a rich chocolate truffle mousse layered with chocolate genoise and almond macaroon.

And what would any gathering of Washington insiders, media hotshots, and Hollywood types be without comment from Sarah Palin, ex-governor, ex- vice presidential candidate, and ex-Fox News commentator?

Here’s the expurgated version of her tweet:

“That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our [backsides] off while these DC [backside]clowns throw themselves a #nerdprom.”

(Note to editors: Why does spell-checker choke on every other word in the above dinner menu? It wouldn’t have done that on “Freedom Fries.”)

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