President Barack Obama attended the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. For Obama, this is the sixth attendance for him as president. Obama's normally self-deprecating was not present last evening, instead opted to go after some members of the Washington, D.C., cast who've complicated his five-and-a-half-year tenure in the Oval Office, reported CBS News.
Obama played comedian-in-chief Saturday night, and was supported by a real life comedian, Joel McHale. Obama and McHale were given high marks for comedy, most of it "poignant." Joel McHale, who stars on NBC's "Community" and hosts the E!'s "The Soup," followed Obama with his own roast. McHale promised his remarks would be "amusing and over quickly, just like Chris Christie's presidential bid," and he succeeded, according to the LA Times.
Obama took jabs at journalists, lawmakers, celebrities and -- most pointedly -- his own administration's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov.
Here are some of his best zingers of the night, in two parts.
Acknowledging that 2013 was not the best of years in his presidency, Obama said, "After my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?
"I admit it -- last year was rough. Sheesh," said Obama to great laughter. "At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize."
He then delved into the rollout of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, 2013, that didn't rollout so good.
With a sheepish grin, Obama said, "That could have gone better." He added that the "Launch of healthcare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies."
An image appeared on the overhead screen of the hit animated film, "Frozen."
He also took a jab at CNN for their seemingly never-ending coverage of the missing airplane, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (known as MH370). "I am happy to be here, even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage these days," said Obama.
In a parting shot to CNN said, "I think they’re still searching for their table."
Not to make other networks feel neglected, he also took a jab at MSNBC and their anemic ratings. "MSNBC is here. They’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before."
Obama took a jab at himself and the taped interview on Zach Galifianakis’s, "Between Two Ferns" show on FunnyOrDie.com. The appearance was credited with young people signing up for health insurance on healthcare.gov.
"I got a lot of grief on cable news for promoting Obamacare to young people on Between Two Ferns. But that’s what young people like to watch," said in jokingly defending his appearance. "And to be fair, I am not the first person on television between two potted plants."
The screen shows an image on the overhead of the morning newscast of Fox’s “Fox and Friends” show, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Presumably the two potted plants, the butt of the Obama joke were Steve Doocy (on the left) and Brian Kilmeade (on the right). The three are often ridiculed on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
Obama also made reference to Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman, who made to the controversy during the NFC Championship Game on January 19, 2014 against the San Francisco 49ers when Sherman's scuffle with 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, that culminated with a live post-game interview with Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, and Sherman emotionally shouting, "Well, I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get. Don't you ever talk about me!"
Obama said, "Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight. And he gave me some great tips on how to handle it. Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that! I’m the best President in the game!"
Asking Sherman, "What do you think, Richard? Was that good? A little more feeling next time?"
Obama also made an obligatory "born in Kenya joke."
"While we’re talking sports, just last month, a wonderful story -- an American won the Boston Marathon for first time in 30 years. Which was inspiring and only fair, since a Kenyan has been president for the last six," said Obama. Jokingly adding, "Had to even things out."
Among some of the celebrities spotted on the red carpet, according to CNN before the dinner began: "Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Bellamy Young and Dan Bucatinsky; Sens. Charles Schumer, D-New York, and John McCain, R-Arizona; Attorney General Eric Holder; Cynthia Nixon; Patrick Stewart; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Washington "fixer" Judy Smith; Tim Tebow; Frida Pinto; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde; Katie Couric; Richard Marx and the Winklevoss twins. Also in attendance were CNN's Jim Acosta, Michelle Kosinski, Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar.
Read part two of the White House Correspondents dinner - 2014.
White House Correspondents Dinner transcripts - May 3, 2014
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