President Obama used humor Saturday at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner to poke fun at those that have criticized him during his first term. Every one of the hot-button political sound bites over the past few years was mentioned.
The celebrity filled Hilton seated celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kris Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, Stephen Spielberg, and host, Jimmy Kimmel. President Obama’s voice could be heard, as if the audience could hear his thoughts, mentioning Kim Kardashian, Chuck Todd, and the cast of Glee before he arrived on stage.
He poked fun at the “birthers” by introducing himself and mentioning his mother was born in Kansas, his father was born in Kenya, and he was born in Hawaii. He then gave the crowd a big wink. The joke was not even slightly subtle but the birthers probably still won’t understand it and were likely yelling at the TV, “liar!”
He got in a couple of jabs at his Republican opponents and congress. He congratulated congress for passing no laws and referred to a congressional hearing on contraception as “The Man Show.” He also alluded to how out of touch Romney is by saying Romney asked to be on the Merv Griffin show. For those who don’t know, Merv is not only no longer on the air, he’s also dead.
The “dog” issue was a big theme too. There was an entire video shown about it that ended with Romney standing by Airforce One with a dog kennel strapped to the top of the airplane.
And speaking of dogs, Sarah Palin’s name came up too. Obama said “Sarah Palin is getting back in the game.” Hmmm. Does he know something we don’t? He then asked what the difference is between a hockey mom and a pitbull. The answer: “A pitbull is delicious.” Palin will surely be commenting tomorrow on her Facebook, Twitter and on some desperate news channel. So far there’s nothing on her Twitter feed.
The president ended this 92nd 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner by saying a few words about the journalists they were there to honor.
It was a very entertaining intro by the president. Were Republicans able to put partisan politics aside and enjoy the evening, too?