This year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was the most social ever, with more than 60,000 tweets being fired off about the event — affectionately referred to as “#nerdprom” by attendees and viewers.
Winning the award for most tweeted-about moment: comedian and television host Jimmy Kimmel, whose jabs about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’ weight netted 765 tweets per minute. His opening monologue generated 701.
“No matter what side of the fence you’re on, you have to admit [Michelle Obama] has done a lot of good work, she just wants us to be healthy, really is all,” said Kimmel. Mrs. Obama, I thank you for that. Look, it’s Chris Christie, get him!”
“Gov. Christie, I think you might be misunderstanding New Jersey’s slogan,” quipped Kimmel. “It’s not the Olive Garden state.”
The runner up? President Obama, whose jokes about Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin racked up some 686 tweets per minute.
The dinner is an annual event enjoyed by politicians, the inside-the-beltway press and celebrities. It’s a chance for Washington, D.C. to let its metaphorical hair down for an evening and have some fun — and it’s one of the president’s few opportunities to poke some fun at the expense of the press and his Republican rivals.
For more, check out this infographic, courtesy of Twitter’s @gov.