Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 White House Correspondents Dinner



President Obama did a great job here, as he always does at these things. Of course, he didn't write those jokes, but his delivery was spot on, don't you think?

And the jokes were pretty funny, too. "Look, I get it. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be."

Or: "I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know? See how it goes."

But my favorite was probably that part about Sheldon Adelson, who spent $100 million on negative ads last year to defeat Barack Obama:

"You've got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money. I mean, that's Oprah money. You could buy an island and call it 'Nobama' with that kind of money. Sheldon would have been better off offering me a hundred million dollars to drop out of the race."

Heh, heh. Eat it, Adelson!

Frankly, Conan O'Brien had a hard act to follow. He had some funny bits, too, but overall, the president was a lot funnier.

4 comments:

jeff725 said...

POTUS can talk some "smack." Did you read about Caribou Barbie getting her panties in a twist that she didn't get an invite?

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/04/28/sarah-palin-offended-she-wasnt-invited-to-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner/

I like the line in the "comments" section: ("Bitter.....party of one.) :)

WCG said...

"Did you read about Caribou Barbie getting her panties in a twist that she didn't get an invite?"

You know, Jeff, that's what the headline there says, but I see absolutely no reason to think that it's true. Was she expecting to get an invitation? I seriously doubt it.

Has she been at any of the other White House Correspondents Dinners? Actually, a quick search shows me that she hasn't (according to the Washington Post, anyway).

Apparently, she was going to attend (as a guest of Fox 'News') in 2009, but she was still a half-term governor back then, and there was flooding in Alaska. Bristol Palin, no less, went to the dinner in 2011, but that's it.

So, no, I'm quite sure that she wasn't upset about not getting an invitation. She was just being Sarah Palin, trying to get people to notice her.

And from the number of news stories and blog posts I found, it worked great. I'm sure she couldn't be happier about the attention she received with virtually no effort at all. Clearly, she's not as dumb as she looks.

As for the rest of us, I'm not so sure. Why pay any attention to Sarah Palin these days? She's just a fading celebrity, trying to stay in the limelight.

But I guess that everyone wants her there, huh? Her supporters and her detractors both want to see her back in the limelight - almost as much as she wants to be there.

So almost everyone is happy to pay attention to Sarah Palin again, whenever she wants, whatever she does. That must be really nice when you're a fading celebrity, huh?

Chimeradave said...

Obama definitely was funnier and he seemed more comfortable.

WCG said...

It's funny, John, but I get frustrated with Obama sometimes,... and then I hear him speak. :)

That part about being a Michael Douglas president? He has a point. It's hard to match up to fiction - especially liberal fiction.

He always says the right things, even when I'm frustrated with what he does. He seems to understand what I understand, so every time I hear him speak - even when he's just joking around - he persuades me that it's mostly just tactics where we disagree.

But maybe that just means he's a good politician. :)