President Obama managed to take down both Fox News and the Koch brothers by highlighting the connection between the two with a single joke at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Obama started off with a joke about having such a bad year that the 47% called Mitt Romney to apologize. He delivered several jokes about the Obamacare website launch. Obama joked that he had to go to Malaysia to get CNN coverage, and cracked, “I think they’re still searching for their table.” He joked that MSNBC was overwhelmed at the dinner because they had never seen an audience that big before.
Obama joked about the Olympic snowboarders, “I haven’t seen a 180 that fast since Rand Paul disinvited that Nevada rancher from this dinner. He offered that tip that things aren’t going to well when the sentence starts, “Let me tell you something about the negro.” The president said the Koch brothers bought a table at the dinner but as usual they used a shadowy right wing organization as a front, “Hello, Fox News.” Obama told Fox that will miss him when he is gone because it is going to be a lot harder to convince people that Hillary is from Kenya.
The president joked about his own low poll numbers.
My favorite Obama joke of the night was that these days the House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they give me, which means that orange really is the new black. The president mocked the Republican claims that he is an imperial president. The president took a jab at the right for their crush on Putin, and called out Huckabee and Hannity for talking about Putin’s bare chest all of the time.
The president’s deadpan delivery was spot on as usual. This year’s jokes were a bit more gentle than the past few years. The president’s digs at Fox News were on the money, and it was fun to hear him not let the right off the hook for championing Cliven Bundy.
A winning performance from President Obama, where he got to display his sense of humor, with a guest appearance from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at tonight’s dinner.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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