There is nowhere in the political spectrum that Americans can view pure language innuendo than the Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner with President Barack Obama. What is a night for self-depreciative jokes and needles to your adversaries has become more of a “gotcha” dinner taken over in recent years by the mainstream media and Hollywood liberals.
No one was more prepared to joust than President Obama Saturday night in Washington. He incessantly teased Fox officials and pundits saying that the channel would miss him when he's no longer in office. He chuckled, "It'll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya," according to The Washington Post.
This year’s gala was hosted by a surprisingly one-side liberal comedian named Joel McHale (see video). After the president’s stand-up routine, which was very good, McHale managed to take all the good will out the positive environment.
Before the comedian was through, one could feel the audience; polarizing with their political beliefs rather than taking the time to relax and laugh at each other as Americans and journalists. McHale lost a great opportunity to make the night a smashing success and instead chose to make it a political statement.
CNN and MSNBC carried the event live. In both cases, they supplied appropriately biased hosts for the TV audience’s introduction to the dinner itself. Fox aired a special on the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya - apparently their statement to the White House.
Obama kidded his own political team for botching the Obamacare rollout. He said, "That could have gone better. In 2008, my slogan was 'Yes we can.' In 2013, my slogan was control-alt-delete. On the plus side, they did turn the launch of HealthCare.gov into one of the year's biggest movies." A poster of the Disney movie "Frozen" then flashed on the screen.
Kathleen Sebelius, the former Health and Human Services Secretary seriously considering a run for U.S. Senator in Kansas, had the guts to sprint up to the stage and shamefully say, “I got this. I see it all the time." The surprising appearance left the audience either feeling sorry for her or wondering how her handlers are kissing credibility for the senate race goodbye.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew more than his fair share of hits for the bridge scandal. Obama allowed that, "You have to wonder: What'd we do to piss off Chris Christie so bad?" And McHale said, "Finally, a politician who is willing to stand up to America's commuters. I promise tonight will be amusing and over quickly, just like Chris Christie's presidential bid."
Christie appeared unperturbed in the audience. "Listen, baby, it's better to be relevant than ignored," Christie said, according to a posting on Twitter by a Washington Post reporter.
The annual dinner has been a Washington institution since 1920. You wonder what the ghosts of yesteryear would say.
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