At last year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner, president Obama split sides the old-fashioned way — landing well-timed, dryly delivered, punchlines that lit up everybody from Joe Biden to the JoBros.
On Saturday night, when he wasn’t hurling barbs at Donald Trump, the President hitting the play button. His 20-minute speech was heavy with A.V.-oriented chuckles, a la Bill Clinton’s “The Final Days.”
Obama stepped up to the podium accompanied by footage of a throbbing birth certificate. There was a mock-trailer for “The King’s Speech,” which spoofed his teleprompter dependency. Somewhere in the middle he projected a snippet from the first five-minutes of “The Lion King,” claiming it to be his birth-video. “I want to make it clear to the Fox News table: that was a joke. That was a children’s cartoon,” quipped Obama. “Call Disney if you don’t believe me, they have the long-form version.”
But in between the clips, there were a few real-time zingers, too.
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Here’s a few of the president's primo knee-slappers:
•“When it comes to my presidency, the honeymoon is over. For example, some people now suggest that I’m too professorial. I’d like to address that head on by assigning all of you some reading that will help you draw your own conclusions. Others say that I’m arrogant, but I found really great a self-help tool for this: my poll numbers.
•“Where’s the National Public Radio table? You guys are still here? That’s good, I couldn’t remember where we landed on that. I know you were a little tense when the GOP tried to cut your funding, but, personally I was looking forward to new programming, like, ‘No Things Considered,’ or ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Fund Me’.”
•“Of course, the deficit is a serious issue. That’s why Paul Ryan couldn’t be here tonight. His budget has no room for laughter.”
•“My buddy, our outstanding ambassador, Jon Huntsman. Now, there’s something you might not know about Jon: he didn’t learn Chinese to go there, oh no. He learned English to come here.”