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Video of President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner

Obama's Jokes at Correspondents' Dinner — Hit or Miss?

Main act Jay Leno had comedic competition at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. President Obama had no problem poking fun at his critics or popular culture figures, although word is he had some help from Daily Show writers. Check out some of the highlights, and let me know if you think Obama has a future in stand-up comedy once this whole president business is over.

"The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill. Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation, and House Minority Leader John Boehner."

"So this is nothing new. But even though the mainstream press gives me a hard time, I hear that I'm still pretty big on Twitter, Facebook — or as Sarah Palin calls it, 'the socialized media.'"

"Unfortunately, John McCain couldn't make it. Recently he claimed that he had never identified himself as a maverick. And we all know what happens in Arizona when you don't have ID. Adios, amigos."

"Look, I feel for John. You know, we were on the road together and obviously had a hard-fought battle, and you learn, certainly at the national level, politics isn't easy. This year I've experienced my share of disappointments. For example, I had my heart set on the Nobel Prize — for Physics. But, hey, you can't win 'em all."

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inlove23 inlove23 5 years
Haha! So funny! I'm glad he's not uptight!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Eh, I think it was kind of a wash. Some of the jokes were funny; some were just OK. None struck me as particularly mean or hateful, I just didn't think they were all funny.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Loved the Biden comment!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Loved the Biden comment!
stephley stephley 5 years
Obama was very funny, and a number of people who attended remarked that he did target himself more than in the past. Since few if any politicians get up and read speeches or jokes that they write themselves, and write a good comic speech would take more time than I'd like the President to take away from oil spills, etc., I see little point in criticizing that - he does choose to read jokes he thinks will work.
stephley stephley 5 years
Obama was very funny, and a number of people who attended remarked that he did target himself more than in the past. Since few if any politicians get up and read speeches or jokes that they write themselves, and write a good comic speech would take more time than I'd like the President to take away from oil spills, etc., I see little point in criticizing that - he does choose to read jokes he thinks will work.
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
Maybe it's just his delivery but it really wasn't all that funny to me. Plus it's not like he wrote those jokes/speech himself.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 5 years
@lilegwene- He had plenty of jabs at himself, those were just a few of the jokes he made during his 15 minute speech.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
I'm a little bored with the Palin, McCain jokes ('cept for the newer one about new AR law), those two are so old news, but other than that, he's pretty good at the jokes.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
These weren't his funny jokes though, what they showed on CNN was funny.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
the people who will say it's not funny are the McCain and Palin supporters of the crowd! good for him for being so funny, and like kismekate said, human!
lilegwene lilegwene 5 years
Miss. It would've been a lot better if he showed some humility and self-awareness and made fun of himself, instead he took aim at easy, already been done, targets.
kismekate kismekate 5 years
Total hit. Who ever said that a president can't be funny? He's a human being and likes to laugh and make jokes. It's a warm feeling to have someone like this in office.
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