"D.C.'s Biggest Frat Party" was held outside at the White House following Obama's election with young drunk college students chanting "USA USA," or that's how The Daily Beast's Ben Jacobs described the spontaneous gathering. But, upon further investigation, it's not clear that a single person in the crowd was a member of a fraternity nor did the crowd look even stereotypically fratty. With very few young people bothering to vote, it's an odd choice to make fun of people under the age of 63 (that is, the average age of a CNN viewer) getting excited about politics.
Jacobs gives the following evidence that the young people were acting like stereotypical drunk partiers: He estimates one out of every four people was a college student and writes, "For every ardent Obama supporter standing on Pennsylvania Avenue, there was at least one college student who was just out to party." He talked to three sophomores from Georgetown and at least one person from Howard. People climbed trees and "revelers ran around brandishing American flags," while others sang the Star Spangled Banner. He alludes to drunk people with one woman saying someone's breath "smelled of anti-freeze." Not much of that sounds too fratty—where are the people falling all over themselves wasted? The drunk make-outs? the grinding to very loud Akon? This just sounds like a crowd of mostly young people chanting things. Yet, Jacobs compares it to a "Red White and Blue Mardi Gras." That's because "fratty" is immediately how we view a group of excited young people (especially ones in "unhip D.C.") celebrating something.