“I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 a.m.,” President Obama joked in his speech, alluding to his pot smoking days while recognizing the new media outlet.
While BuzzFeed personnel weren’t on hand to hear that joke in person, the outlet threw a Correspondents Dinner watch party at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon near Dupont Circle on Saturday night. Guests arrived early to secure a spot at the party, which had a line at 7:30 pm – a time when most D.C. party-goers were still trying to figure out what to wear.
“We’re able to have a bunch of people here and it’s kind of more of the spirit of Buzzfeed,” managing editor Erica Futterman said. “This is much more BuzzFeed-y than the dinner.”
Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed’s political and legal reporter, who focuses on LGBT issues, said the party wasn’t intended to draw attention away from the correspondents dinner as revenge for the table snub.
“This is fun and we’re able to have more people here anyway,” he said.
The Jack Rose was shoulder to shoulder with journalists and media junkies. While the dinner was broadcast on televisions inside, music played over the speakers and the crowd seemed far more interested in the bourbon and barbecue than what was happening down the road.