Obama took center stage at the 100th annual White House Correspondent Association Gala Dinner, commonly known as the ‘nerd prom’, this past weekend joking about his sometimes difficult relationship with the press. This event enables Washington’s media stars to rub shoulders with political bigwigs and Hollywood celebrities invited to make the affair glitter. Obama’s comic timing and speech delivery brought the house down with laughter and frivolity bringing comedic relief to the events of 2013 which brought a lot of embarrassment to the White House. Before watching the video (scroll down to the bottom of this post), I’ve gathered together a short analysis of some of Obama’s one-liners:
To the “birthers” (mainly from the Tea Party) who still believe that Obama was born in Kenya he said: “Let’s face it, Fox: You will miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince theAmerican people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
To the CNN journalists who exploited the missing Malaysian jet tragedy ad-nauseum: “Yes, I am happy to be here, even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days! I think they are still searching for their table.”
To the followers of Zach Galifianakis’s internet comedy series that appears on the video website Funny or die in which Zach interviews celebrities while sitting on a chair between two potted ferns: Obama has two ferns brought to the podium as a spoof of his appearance on this show: Obama on Between Two Ferns
To the journalists from MSNBC whose viewer numbers have been steadily declining: “I think they’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before.”
To House Speaker John Boehner who always appears with a dark tan, he compares him with the blockbuster Netflix drama series Orange Is The New Black (which has just been signed on for a 3rd season): “These days, the House Republicans actually give JohnBoehner a harder time than they give me. Which means orange really is the new black.”
To the critics of the administration’s flubbed rollout of HealthCare.gov (the site kept freezing on people), Obama declared he had changed his campaign slogan from “Yes We Can” to “Control-Alt-Delete”. To the Hollywood film makers who are always ready to exploit a momentous event, Obama flashes a photo of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ (reminiscent of all the frozen screens that people experienced while trying to sign up for health care).
To the HBO the producers of Game Of Thrones, Obama evokes the merciless acts of the Seven Kingdoms ruler by joking about enacting more executive actions and doing his job every day while showing a picture of himself sitting on a Thorny Throne.
Now watch the sub-titled video of Obama’s speech (remember to click on the caption icon):
Clearly a winning speech don’t you think?