Turns out President Obama isn’t all staunch business. The U.S. president knows how to take a joke, and at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he zinged quite a few out as well.
On April 28, CNN recapped Obama’s stand-up routine, in which the 44th president ragged on subjects such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and of course, himself.
He stepped to the podium as DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” played as an introduction and opened with: “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this – second term, baby.”
Obama then said his advisers were “a little worried about the new rap entrance music,” and suggested that he start off with some self-deprecating jokes in order to “take himself down a peg.” But, the president responded, “after four and half years, how many pegs are there left?”
“These days I look in the mirror and I gotta’ admit: I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be,” he joked.
“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” Obama joked on Saturday.
CNN printed misinformation regarding facts surrounding the Boston marathon bombings,
Commenting on his pitiful basketball score at the White House Easter Egg Roll along with the kerfuffle over Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba, Obama rolled out: “Maybe I have lost a step, but some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba. It’s unbelievable. I got 99 problems, and now Jay-Z’s one.”
While he was airing out his frustrations, the president acknowledged the political bickering in Congress. “It’s simple. We need to make progress on some important issues,” he said. “Take the sequester: Republicans fell in love with this thing. And now they can’t stop talking about how much they hate it. It’s like we’re trapped in a Taylor Swift album.”
Obama also passed his opinion on the History Channel’s TV miniseries “The Bible,” in which an image of Satan the Devil looked eerily like Obama.
He said Fox News “actually thought the comparison was not fair to Satan,” he joked.
Although he kept the audience laughing, the president made sure to address the tragedies that have happened over the past few weeks.
“These have been some hard days for too many of our citizens,” he said, closing out his speech. “As we gather here tonight, our thoughts are not far from the people of Boston, the people of West Texas, and the families in the Midwest who are coping with some terrible floods. So we’ve had some difficult days.”
Yet through the efforts of all those who helped those during their time of need, “even when the days seem darkest, we have seen humanity shine at its brightest.”