TODAY   |  April 27, 2013

Washington goes Hollywood for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The crème-de-la-crème of Washington are getting dolled up the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is also called the “nerd prom.” The glamorous night raises scholarship money for aspiring journalism students while mixing humor with politics. NBC’s Luke Russert reports.

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>> reporter: a time honored tradition for decades. the night that washington goes hollywood .

>> laura and i are delighted to be here with all the major leaguers .

>> reporter: where obama, boehner, and biden share a room with clooney and even kim kardashian . white house briefings take a back seat to some gentle ribbing.

>> you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow ? that was hilarious.

>> reporter: while washington is often called hollywood for ugly people, on this night the real stars shine -- glitz and glam overruns the town, and everyone wants to party late into the night .

>> washington 's gone very hollywood . it's not the nerd prom anymore.

>> reporter: and while the event raises scholarship money for aspiring journalism students --

>> all right. everybody, please.

>> reporter: it also lowers the bar for presidential discourse.

>> no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing ?

>> reporter: president obama is great using comedy as a weapon to entertain people, educate us, and eviscerate his opponents.

>> it's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent, hilton ballroom for what mitt romney would call a little fixer upper .

>> reporter: and while he may not pull any comedic punches, back in 2011 the president was keeping it cool on stage while a team of navy seals was on their way to capture bin laden . proof that in washington even on the most glamorous of nights it's still business as usual . luke russert , nbc news, washington .

>> we're lucky enough to be attending tonight which means we'll be doing the show from washington tomorrow.

>> washington tomorrow morning . we may or may not sleep before that show.

>> we'll ask them to shoot it on a very, very wide shot so you don't see bloodshot eyes .

>> luckily we'll have devon and