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Obama Slays Fox News and the Koch Brothers With One Joke at White House Correspondents Dinner

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.

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      • It was funny but there was an underlining seriousness to the whole thing. He shredded EVERYONE and it was great.

      • Ah, ha! I have just learned that only Liberal comments are welcome on this site. Everyone has free speech except those who don't speak Liberalese.

        • You have to prove you are intelligent. You failed

          BTW, you dont know what free speech is. You never have free speech on someone elses property. The owner has the right to listen to you or delete you.

    • I so agree! Our president was on the mark... and funny, too!

      My favorite was not the orange/black line, but the Koch/Fox stuff. That was super! And the potted plants/Fox photo... hahaha! So true!

  • I wish newsblogs would stop saying someone slays, or destroys people. They really don't. But he did amuse and entertain, and you just know he'll have shocked and angered the Right. I love the part about not being the first person between potted plants, the "orange is the new black" joke, and reeeeally couldn't believe he asked who "pissed off" Chris Christie. Just know they're going to go nuts that he used those words. You just do.

    • Here's what the great George Carlin had to say about that:

      Comics are supposed to worry about dying, ya know?
      "I don't want to die out there, man. Jeez, I was dying. It was Death out there. Like a morgue."

      On the other hand, if he succeeds, if he makes you laugh he can say,
      "I killed 'em. Knocked them dead."

      Why is there so much violence mixed up with comedy, you know, which should be so much fun. It's all dying and bombing. He Bombed! Or else he was a riot!
      A real scream, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
      "I cracked up laughing and he broke me up too!! I busted a gut laughing!! My friend was in stitches!! He fractures me with his punchlines and his gags!! [Gag] Slapstick!! Knee-slappin', side-splittin', Rib-splittin', Gut-bustin'......Laugh? I thought I'd die"

  • Joel McHale please take over the Colbert Report. Thanks for stepping up and taking chances. He reads a room as well as Stephen.

  • In my opinion, the best joke by far of the evening belonged to president Obama.... 'Orange is truly the new Black'.

  • Joel McHale will go down in history as the first one at one of these dinners to say both words, penis, and pussy. And he gave Christie the biggest slam on live television that I think anybody has EVER endured. Sweet!

  • More Lies. To bad the four dead Americans could not have seen the show. Thanks again Mr. President for all of the lies and not willing to act to save those life's.

    • You are a dumbass. I guess over 4000 American soldiers who were Killed in Iraq over a lie don't count. Oh I forgot you are a dumbass

    • Dear Clay - the word is LIVES. If you cannot master your own language, what makes you qualified to do foreign policy? Nothing, that's what.

      One of those four was a colleague of mine. Using him as a political football is despicable. It's people such as you who demean them all.

      Let's all turn our attention to the fact that the GOP cut huge amounts of funding for embassy security shall we? The left very few people to defend the outpost. Thanks for nothing, GOP. Now you want to pretend there was no response? The FACTS show that it was handled as well as an emergency can be and that the terrorists - yes the President called them that - took advantage of the general unrest over the RW Islamophobic tape. Everything the administration has said is true. What the GOP says is a lie - totally, completely, despicably.

      Turn your own attention to your illiteracy. And then, when you master English, try logic, reasoning, policy analysis and get back to us.

    • I don't mean to minimize the tragedy at Benghazi, but Obama's record with regard to embassy "incidents" is far better than that of his predecessor. Just a sample: July 9, 2008: Six killed at US consulate in Turkey. December 6, 2004: Al Qaeda terrorists kill nine people at US consulate in Saudi Arabia. May 12, 2003: Al Qaeda terrorists kill 36 people, including 9 Americans, at diplomatic compound in Saudi Arabia. The Republicans did not investigate these incidents at all, let alone for two years and counting, and Fox News was stunningly silent. Care to explain the discrepancy? You can start with the obvious, if you'd like.

    • So four people perished because of a lack of funding by Congress, but 2900 souls and countless soldiers and civilians died in Iraq, and no big deal? You sound like a #Benghazi troll. When this investigation is completed, many will have egg on their faces. AKA, the GOP.

    • Hey Clay, do you give credit when it is due? How about the budget cuts the Repugs demanded? The lack of manpower is what killed those innocent people. Now, I would like to follow suit and call you a dumbass!

    • 2,996 died during the 9-11 attack on USA soil, BECAUSE of the republiCAN'Ts and POS Bush & Cheney! 98 died under their watch, also, during 13 embassy attacks. One of o YOU remember him? WHY NOT? Because POS Bush & Cheney COVERED IT UP! That's 3,094 that didn't get to see the 2014 White House Correspondence Dinner! Thanks to YOU right-winged CONServatives! Republican Logic:
      They don't care that there were 98 people that were killed @ US Consulates and 64 people were wounded
      during George W. Bush's Presidency. Including U.S. Diplomat David Foy, @ the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, March 2, 2006! Three others, were also killed, during this attack! Remember?
      These 162 people don't mean SHIT, to republican'ts! Nor did U.S. Diplomat David Foy!
      BUT, the deaths of four Americans @ the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, somehow, calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, and condemnation, of Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton!
      What a hypocrite! And LIAR!

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