Washington, D.C.’s annual “nerd prom” or the Oscars of politics, took place last night in the city.  President Obama and the First Lady joined ABC late-night talk show comic Jimmy Kimmel and 2,000 others for the 98th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner held at the Washington Hilton.  The President and Jimmy Kimmel delivered funny, edgy jokes to a packed room of senior Administration officials, members of the media, Washington newsmakers, politicos from across the country and Hollywood celebrities.

Everyone showed up as invited guests by the media outlets hosting the 200 tables.  Newt Gingrich, George Clooney, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Rev. Al Sharpton, Kim Kardashian, Mary J. Blige, New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie, Barbara Walters, Anne Curry, John Legend, actor Kerry Washington, and cast members from the television shows Modern Family and Glee were a few of the many who attended Washington’s night of comic relief.

What was served besides jokes?  Here’s the menu:

Salad: Black Lentil Terrine with lump Crabmeat, Tango Green and Red Artisan Greens, Red and Yellow Tear Drop Tomatoes — drizzled with a Dill Vinaigrette

Bread Presentation: Seven-Grain Rolls, White and Wheat Rolls; Sourdough Rolls, Flatbreads and butter

Entrée: Texas Rubbed Petite Filet with a Calvados Demi, paired with Duo of Jumbo Shrimp seasoned with Red Curry; Roasted Haricot Verts, Baby Pepper, Patty Pan Squash; Tasso Mache Choux Risotto

Dessert: The Galaxy — Rich Chocolate Truffle Mousse layered with Chocolate Genoise and Almond Macaroon, Ganache Truffle Center finished in a chocolate glaze, garnished with fresh raspberries

Freshly brewed regular and decaf coffee; variety of regular and herbal teas

Wines: Estancia Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

After dinner, everyone dashed off to one of the several hot after parties.WHCA’s black tie fundraiser supports scholarships for aspiring journalists and presents awards to correspondents for excellence in the profession.  See who and what the celebs wore here.