President Obama proves yet again that he can roast with the best of them.
Saturday, May 3, marked the 100th annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which was hosted by comedian Joel McHale and attended by the usual mix of politicians, media folks, and celebrities. As he has done every year since taking office, the President used his remarks as an opportunity to remind the world that if this whole politics thing doesn't work out, a promising comedy career awaits. Below, some of the best jokes and highlights from the dinner.
The Joe Biden / Selina Meyer Parody
The funny pre-taped segment above starred Vice President Joe Biden and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as they took a jaunt around Washington D.C., with cameos from Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and others. It was a nice change of pace to laugh with Vice President Biden, rather than at him (though as McHale later joked, "It's crazy to think that Joe Biden is just one heartbeat away from no one taking him seriously as president").
Next up, Obama took to the podium, where he riffed on CNN and its coverage of the Malaysian Airlines debacle, his republican counterparts ("These days, House Republicans give John Boehner an even harder time than they give me - which means orange really is the new black"), and himself: "It's inspiring that an American finally won the Boston Marathon. Especially since a Kenyan has been president for the last six years." He went on to point out that FOX News will miss him when his term is up, because it will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary Clinton was born in Kenya.
He closed out by encountering some staged technical difficulties - a swipe at the Healthcare.gov disaster - even bringing out Kathleen Sebelius, who was blamed for the website's rocky rollout, for a quick cameo.
Joel McHale then took the stage, noting that Obama is always good for a laugh. "My favorite bit of yours was when you said you'd close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. That was hilarious."
But President Obama was spared in comparison to embattled Governor Chris Christie, who was also in attendance. After remarking that the night would be "both amusing and over quickly, just like Chris Christie's presidential bid" and making several jokes about the recent Bridgegate scandal and Christie's girth, McHale addressed the governor directly: "Governor Christie, do you want bridge jokes or size jokes? I could just go half and half - I know you like a combo platter."
McHale's fellow E! network stars the Kardashians were also on the receiving end of one of his most biting zingers of the night: "The Kardashians, strangely enough, are republicans - and I know that because they are always trying to screw black people."
Of course, like any celebrity roast, no public figure was safe from attack, least of all Slick Willy. Said McHale, "Chelsea Clinton is pregnant...which raises the question, when the baby is born, do you give Bill Clinton a cigar?"
If you're too young to get that joke, definitely do not Google "Monica Lewinsky" and "cigar" as quickly as possible.
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