Conan O’Brien to Headline Washington Correspondents’ Dinner

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
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“Last year’s dinner featured Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson have been the entertainment in years past.”[HP]

My oh my, how time have changed. Once upon a Bush Administration ago it would have been utter anathema for a Hollywood liberal to be seen consorting with political bigwigs. But after Stephen Colbert’s legend-making performance where he skewered Dubya while standing next to him, there has been no looking back for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Up for hosting duties this year is late night funny man Conan O’Brien, who actually hosted the event once before waaaaay back in 1995 when it wasn’t such a big deal (and when neither was he, if you recall).

O’Brien marked the news by tweeting: “I’m honored to host the WH Correspondents dinner. Get ready for 2 minutes of jokes, then 40 minutes on public employee pension reform.”

Pension reform has never been this funny.