White House Correspondents Dinner – In case you have missed it here are the videos and text of Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner last night mocking everyone.
The President gave a funny speech at the White House Correspondents Association tonight, offering a bit of self-deprecation — fake teleprompters — but saving the harshest digs for senior aides, Republican leaders, and the press.
“Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” he said to applause and laughter. “Apologies to the Fox table.”The hardest shots at aides: The White House, he said, was a now a place to learn and grow. For example, “Larry Summers asked if he could chair the White House Council on Women and Girls,” he said, adding that it was “seven hours past his bedtime.”
He and Hillary Clinton “could not be closer,” Obama said. “The second she got back from Mexico she pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss.”
(Jokes about Rahm swearing are getting a bit tired, I think, though Obama’s — “he’s not use to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.” — wasn’t bad.)
By far the toughest bit of the night was aimed at Michael Steele, who he said was “in the house — or as he would say, in the heezy — wassup?” mocking Steele’s penchant for slang.
(Steele told me afterward that it was “love between brothers.” “It was great — always good to get the shoutout,” he said.)
Boehner also got a “wassup” “He is a person of color, although not one that appears in the natural world.”
The bit likely to resonate on cable tomorrow: Obama smiling through comedian Wanda Sykes’ over-the-top attack on Rush Limbaugh:
“He just wants the country to fail. To me that’s treason. He’s not saying anything different than what Osama Bin Laden is saying. You might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. … Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs,” she said.
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Joking of launching the presidential campaign with Axelrod, Obama said he’d said “the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: ‘Let’s go to Iowa and make it official.'”
That’s all we have for now on White House Correspondents Dinner.