sarah palin white house correspondents dinner 2011 Sarah Palin's 'nerd prom' tweet 'jabs' at White House Correspondents' DinnerSarah Palin wants it known that she doesn’t hold with frivolous functions like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former governor of Alaska took to Twitter and Facebook over the weekend to express her displeasure over the annual event.

Palin writes on Facebook, “Yuk it up media and pols. While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our (sic) rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves. No need for that, we get the real joke.”

She adds on Twitter, “That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our a**es off while these DC a**clowns throw themselves a #nerdprom.”

First off — since her beef seems to be with holding one now — while America is out there working and fighting for its rights — did she have a problem with holding one the spring after 9/11? How about the year we went to war in Iraq? There were WHCDs held both of those years.

There has been a WHCD every year since 1987 and before that, they took place with some regularity since 1944.

What makes this year any different?

Secondly, “nerd prom” isn’t exactly a clever slam on the night. Blogger Ana Marie Cox reportedly first used the term to describe the WHCD in 2009 and it’s not meant as a dig about the event. Also, the term has been used to describe San Diego Comic-Con since the mid-2000s.

That Palin, always with a finger on the pulse of pop culture.

Finally, the above picture of Palin is from the 2011 WHCD Vanity Fair afterparty. The two pictures below are of daughter Bristol Palin on the red carpet for the 2011 WHCD and husband Todd Palin on the red carpet for the one held in 2009.

Perhaps she’s just mad she wasn’t invited this year.

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