The glitz and glamour of the White House Correspondents' Dinner

  • Catering workers wait for attendees to arrive at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, following the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner, April 30, 2016. 
  • Catering workers wait for attendees to arrive at the MSNBC After Party, which began after the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 and went until 3:00 a.m.
  • People arrive at the American Airlines Arrivals/Departures area at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Attendees go through security as they arrive at the MSNBC After Party following the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner, April 30, 2016. 
  • Attendees of the MSNBC White House Correspondents Association Dinner after party, April 30, 2016.
  • People look over the lower level during the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.
  • Reverend Al Sharpton arrives at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, April 30, 2016.
  • Brittany Prime (left) and Will Rabbe pose for pictures in the 360 Glam Cam at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, for pictures that provide a matrix-like 360 degree rotating view of the subjects frozen in time.
  • People pose for pictures in the 360 Glam Cam at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Attendees of the MSNBC White House Correspondents Association Dinner after party, April 30, 2016.
  • On the left, a woman gets a temporary airbrush tattoo of the NBC logo at the MSNBC After Party. On the right, Amani Council, Executive Assistant to American Airlines’ Radney Robertson, poses with her newly acquired GOP logo temporary airbrush tattoo.
  • Attendees of the MSNBC White House Correspondents Association Dinner after party, April 30, 2016.
  • Poker chips fill glasses in a straw poll at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • A pancake resembling Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is made by pancake artist Nathan Shields at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, April 30, 2016. 
  • A woman walks through the crowd at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • People talk at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • People gather at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • NeNe Leakes, of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Glee, is seen in the lower left, at the MSNBC White House Correspondents Association Dinner after party, April 30, 2016.
  • Heidi Helgerson (center) poses with fellow Design Foundry employees, who designed the event, for pictures in the 360 Glam Cam at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • People gather at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Lights stand among foliage in the Johnnie Walker tent at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • A man holds a glass of ginger ale and a plate of poutine in the Johnnie Walker tent at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Rapper Biz Markie DJs at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Rapper Biz Markie DJs at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Myles B. Caggins III, Director for Strategic Communications and Assistant Press Secretary for the National Security Council, dances at the MSNBC After Party following the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. 
  • People gather near the exit in the American Airlines Arrivals/Departures area toward the end of the night at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • People pose for pictures in the 360 Glam Cam at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • Politico reporter Hadas Gold (center right) and Chris Hooton toward the end of the night at the MSNBC After Party. Reflected in a golden panel at right, DNC worker Jenna Price and Capitol Hill worker Michael Hardaway also sit in the lounge. 
  • Alcoholic drinks stand on a cabinet near the exit after being taken from revelers as they left the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 
  • A driver waits outside toward the end of the night at the MSNBC After Party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. 

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Last night, President Barack Obama took his final stand before a crowd of Washington reporting VIPs and celebrity guests, delivering whimsy and wit at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner (WHCD). The American Entertainer-in-Chief left no one out – despite pretending that he might – including himself. 

“Eight years ago I was a young man, full of idealism and vigor. And look at me now: I am grey and grizzled, and just counting down the days ‘till my death panel,” Obama said before declaring “Obama out,” and dropping his mic. 

The president also took one last opportunity to dish out quips against presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – neither of which was in attendance, though democratic candidate Bernie Sanders showed up. 

“Bernie, you look like a million bucks,” Obama said. “Or to put it in terms you understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.”

Following the dinner, which has this morning seen some controversy, MSNBC hosted its annual WHCD after-party at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Photographer M. Scott Brauer was there to capture the glitz and glamour that carried on well into the night. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

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