Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, April 28, 2013
At this point, speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is old hat for President Obama.
While many thought the tone of this year’s speeches would be more somber in light of the recent events in Boston and Texas, Obama still managed to pack quite a few laughs into his 20-minute speech.
Here are the ten best jokes from Obama’s speech at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner:
1. Jay-Z’s & Beyoncé’s recent Cuba trip.
“I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z’s one of them…that’s another rap reference.”
“I get it…these days I look in the mirror and realize I’m not the strapping young socialist I used to be.”
3. The Other Bush Library
“On Thursday I went to the opening of the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. It inspired me to get started on my own legacy, which will actually begin by building another ediface right to the Bush library. I’m also hard at work on plans for the Obama library, and some have suggested that we put it in my birthplace but I’d rather keep it in the United States.”
4. Obama as Satan
“The History Channel is not here…guess they were embarrassed about the whole ‘Obama is a devil‘ thing.”
“I remember when Buzzfeed was something I did in college around 2:00am.”
6. Obama and the media
“My job is to be president. [The media’s] job is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I’m doing my job better.”
7. Obama goes skeet shooting
“You remember a few months ago my administration put out a photograph of me going skeet shooting at Camp David? Quite a number of people insisted that this had been photoshopped. Tonight I have something to confess – you were right, we were just trying to tone it down a little bit.”
8. Republican donor Sheldon Adelson
“You can buy an island and call it Nobama for that kind of money. Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d thought about it. Michelle would have taken it.”
9. Obama’s ‘charm offensive’
“In fact, I’m taking my ‘charm offensive’ on the road: a Texas barbecue with Ted Cruz, Kentucky blue-grass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann. My charm offensive has helped me learn some interesting things about what’s going on in Congress: it turns out absolutely nothing.”
10. Marco Rubio
“One senator who has reached across the aisle recently is Marco Rubio. But I don’t know about 2016 – I mean the guy hasn’t even finished a single term in the senate and he thinks he’s ready to be president.”