Obama Taps His Inner Chris Rock at White House Correspondents Dinner
Matt | On 03, May 2010
President Obama showed that he can lash out, in a fun and joking way, at other people at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
The annual gathering is a roast-fest of sorts for the politicos and the media that cover them. Sprinkle in some A-list Hollywood celebs for good measure. This year’s dinner was attended by both the President and First Lady and hosted by Jay Leno.
The talk of the dinner is the annual 15 or so minutes that the President stands before the audience and gets to tell jokes. Now, Obama is buttoned-up president, but he really does have a sense of humor behind that law degree. Instead of doing like most presidents and focusing the jokes on himself, he took to attacking Republicans, the Clintons, the party-crashers, Arizona, Michael Steele, Scott Brown, really anyone he could jam pack in his 15 minutes. LOL!
Some complained that proper protocol says that the president should use more self-deprecating humor. But, we’re talking about Obama here. He gets DEFECATED (not deprecated) on in the media the other 364 days a year. Let him have his moment to loosen his tie a bit. Hell, while the dinner was going on they were blaming him for the Gulf oil slick and the Arizona immigration mess. What more do they want?
Per the usual, Obama did pretty well with his jokes. I’m a big fan of sarcasm and lashing out every now and then. It’s all in fun. His sense of humor is more defensive, exact, and sarcastic. I wish we could see a little more of that on a day-to-day basis. I know there are days when he just wants to throw the TV out on the back lawn of the White House from the stupidity of some cable news people! Trust me, the rest of us do too…
Save Prune Juice Media a seat at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, please!