Another year, another Nerd Prom. At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner,
President Obama President Obama’s writers were able to let off a little steam, have a drink, and tell a few John Boehner jokes.
Obama started off the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner comedy routine quipping that he usually starts with “a few self-deprecating jokes, but after my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?” Adding moments later, “At one point, things got so bad the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize.”
Of course Obama had to mention the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the pinnacle of his stellar year.
“Of course, we rolled out Healthcare.gov. That could have gone better.” Obama deadpanned.
“In 2008, my slogan was, ‘Yes we can.’ In 2013 my slogan was Control, Alt, Delete.”
Obama even brought out former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “fix” a technical problem that he was seemingly having.
“I got this,” Sebelius said. “I see it all the time.”
After a little self-deprecating humor, Obama took a few jabs at the media outlets.
“I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days. I think they’re still searching for their table.”
“MSNBC is here—they’re a little over-whelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before.”
“The Koch brothers bought a table here tonight, but as usual they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front. Hello, Fox News.”
“Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It’ll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
And, of course, the Republicans were not off-limits:
“Gridlock has gotten so bad, you’ve got to wonder, what did we do to piss off Chris Christie so bad?”
“I haven’t seen anybody pull a 180 that fast since Rand Paul disinvited that Nevada rancher from this dinner,” Obama said, praising Olympic gold medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who was in the crowd. “As a general rule, things don’t end well if your sentence starts, ‘Let me tell you something I know about the Negro.’ You don’t really need to hear the rest of it.”
Referring to Boehner, Obama joked, “These days House Republicans are giving him a harder time than they give me, which means orange really is the new black.”