President Obama showcased his comedic chops over the weekend at this year’s White Hose Correspondents’ Dinner. In 2011, Donald Trump bore the brunt of the President’s jokes, but this year Mr. Obama doled out jabs to media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, his GOP peers, and rancher Cliven Bundy.
As usual, President Obama began his monologue with a few self-deprecating shots about his previous year in office, telling the crowd: “At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize.”
He then moved on to the rocky healthcare rollout, joking, “In 2008, my slogan was ‘Yes, we can.’ In 2013 my slogan was ‘control-alt-delete.’”
President Obama also hard a few sharp barbs for his Republicans colleagues. After acknowledging Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the President quipped, “I haven’t seen somebody pull a 180 that fast since Rand Paul dis-invited that Nevada rancher from this dinner.”
He continued, “As a general rule, things don’t end well when the sentence starts with ‘let me tell you something I know about the negro.’ You don’t really need to hear the rest of it.”
Mr. Obama’s joke about Speaker John Boehner’s woes with House Republicans drew some of the loudest laughs of the evening.
“These days, House Republicans are actually giving John Boehner a harder time than they’re giving me, which means orange really is the new black,” the President said.
This year’s celebration marked the 100th anniversary of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA). In addition to the gala, dubbed “Nerd Prom” by the press, the WHCA honored Harry McAlpin, the first Black journalist to integrate the White House press pool.
Although he was a regular at White House briefings during both the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, McAlpin was never allowed to join the WHCA. This year, the association honored McAlpin with a posthumous membership and a scholarship in his name.
Watch President Obama’s full speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner below: