Following tradition, President Obama gave a comedic speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. Here are a few of his funniest lines, including: “My job is to be president, yours is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I’m doing my job better.” The president also displayed digitally altered images, several of himself with Michelle Obama’s bangs, and another of himself shooting skeet off the roof of a race car with an eagle landing on his shoulder. (Read a complete transcript here.)
Conan O’Brien followed Obama. His first joke was to ask everyone in the audience Tweeting about his speech to use #incapableoflivinginthemoment. Overall, Mark Berman preferred the president’s routine:
Conan O’Brien just wrapped up his remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, finishing a largely tepid routine that didn’t particularly wow the crowd or this viewer.
It should be noted that I am a big Conan fan (is such a disclosure necessary? Just in case), and I had very high hopes for his performance tonight. But he didn’t seem to rise above the level of a typical late-night monologue, delivering a series of jokes that were neither incisive nor memorable.
Post opinion writer Carter Eskew also praised Obama’s performance Saturday:
Being funny comes from a sense of irony and detachment, and Obama is certainly the most ironically detached president since John F. Kennedy. There is something very appealing about that. Mr. Obama is, like Kennedy, intellectually curious, aloof and capable of making fun of himself and others. Kennedy’s sense of irony came, perhaps, from his constant illnesses and reminders of mortality; Obama’s may come from his struggle to integrate a self born from different races and cultures.
For more coverage of the dinner, continue reading here.