The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a pretty wack affair, let’s be honest. Every year, all of the journalists come together with all the celebrities and sit in a big ballroom listening to the president tell jokes, and listening to a comedian tell jokes. Every year? Every year. What about we are at war? ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE AT WAR. It’s weird, I think we can all admit that it is weird. It’s also a pretty powerful litmus test about how you feel about whoever is currently holding the office. If you like the current president, you might find the whole affair to be a little bit wack, but ultimately light-hearted and inoffensive. If you don’t like the current president, it’s a fucking shit show. Anyway, during last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Obama kept up the performance while being fully aware that that very same night, a team of highly-trained special forces were going to carry out a mission to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. This year, there were no secret paramilitary exercises weighing anyone down and we could finally, FINALLY get back to the JOKES. Thank goodness.

LADIES AND GERMS! Like I said, I am sure your personal reaction to this varies depending on your personal opinion of Barack Obama. I like him, so I find this to be quite fun and charming (while fully recognizing the wackness of the dinner itself, which I have pointed out, but which Obama did not invent and so he cannot truly be blamed for that part of it) but I bet someone else is watching this and choking to death on bile and misplaced outrage about, like, Benghazi or whatever.

You can also watch Conan O’Brien’s keynote address, but again, I would only watch it if you like him and/or the subject matter.

Comments (16)
  1. Yeah. This is one of the many things which make me go ‘hmmm.’

  2. Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011 so it wasn’t “last year”

  3. very funny. very charming. i know it’s all just a choreographed thing, but still, funny and charming.

  4. You have to respect him more considering he followed Biden, who thought it’d be funny to do a tight 15 about Playmates he slept with.

  5. This year Obama had to perform while knowing somewhere, far from the cameras, Maru was killing a cardboard box.

  6. As much as all of this bugs me because it’s an annoying sycophantic circle jerk, I do always enjoy Barack Obama’s jabs at the crappy media of the hour. The year in which he asked the Huffington Post which story they stole to win their Pulitzer had me laughing for a few days. Actually, I’m still laughing about that.

    Doesn’t he employ writers from Weekend Update and the Daily Show to write his speech at these? It’s excellent material and, honestly, the guy has great comic timing. I’d much rather watch him do a set than Conan.

    Also, totally unrelated to anything, the Oregon Humane Society is doing a fundraising walk for pups and had this big campaign to get Bo to come and be grand marshal. He turned them down via his mom, who said that he was grounded for digging up the presidential garden. The Obamas are a charming bunch.

    • I watched Obama and Conan’s routines last night with my other ex-pat friends, and we pretty much thought the same thing. Though I thought his Michelle Bachmann joke was the best, and I still can’t believe he said that. And the Sorkin joke! I love The American President and that joke KILLED ME.

  7. This was as solid as last year. WTF for Conan? That was a terrible performance. Kimmel & Colbert were much better. His show has been kind of a dud lately also, but I thought he would put something nice together for this. Did he fire a bunch of his writers?

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