Jokes and Jabs at The Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Every year, the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) hosts a dinner for news networks and their journalist. On May 3, 2014, President Barrack Obama managed to make the crowd laugh with is opening speech. Obama made fun of some politicians, some athletes and even himself to keep the audience laughing as a sign of them paying attention.

  • “Thank you so much, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.  Before I get started, can we get the new presidential setup out here?…It was worked before. That’s more like it.”
    • The presidential setup was a simple set up of two plants on the podium, a pot on the left and right hand side of the president. It was meant to be a joke to keep the audience entertained. While speaking, he shows an image on the screen of three individuals, a woman who happens to be sitting in the middle of two men and comparing that to himself standing in between two plants.
Presidents Obama waits for the Presidential setup of plants at the podium.

President Obama waits for the Presidential setup of plants at the podium.

  • Of course, we rolled out healthcare.gov.  That could have gone better.   In 2008 my slogan was, ‘Yes We Can.’  In 2013 my slogan was, ‘Control-Alt-Delete.’  On the plus side, they did turn the launch of healthcare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies.”
    • The president was criticized about the moves he had made back in 2013. He made fun of himself by making up the slogan “Control-Alt-Delete,” meaning he would undo certain moves that were made. The Health Care Insurance Act was finally active in 2014 and it was one of the important things Obama wanted to get out there for American Citizens.
  • “Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters. But that’s okay.  Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight.  And he gave me some great tips on how to handle it.  Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that!  I’m the best President in the game!  What do you think, Richard?  Was that good?  A little more feeling next time?”
    • Obama makes fun of Richard Sherman by mocking his little speech that he gave Skip Bayless from ESPN back in 2013, for “insulting” his football talent. Obama says almost the same thing that Sherman said but switches up the names including his position as president.
  • “And speaking of conservative heroes, the Koch brothers bought a table here tonight.  But as usual, they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front.  Hello, Fox News. I’m just kidding.  Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.” 
    • Fox doesn’t do a great job in covering news, for some reason they tend to get wording or other issues mixed up; therefore, Obama took the opportunity to make fun of them for that by saying that it would be a little hard to convince the nation that Hillary Clinton is form Kenya like they did with Obama, which is pretty funny.
  • “Both sides are doing whatever it takes to win the ruthless game.  Republicans — this is a true story — Republicans actually brought in a group of consultants to teach their candidates how to speak to women.  This is true.  And I don’t know if it will work with women, but I understand that America’s teenage boys are signing up to run for the Senate in droves.”
    • Fact checking this statement was hilarious I must say. The Republicans did indeed hire three female Republican strategist to help get the votes of many women in the U.S. In a way very smart but at the same time makes the Republican party look a little dumb.
The First-Lady and President Obama pose for a picture with guest.

The First-Lady and President Obama pose for a picture with guest.

  • “One issue, for example, we haven’t been able to agree on is unemployment insurance.  Republicans continue to refuse to extend it.  And you know what, I am beginning to think they’ve got a point.  If you want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress just like everybody else.”
    • Sounds like shots have been fired on this one by having Obama take a jab at the Republican party with his humor that is subliminally telling the audience something. In other words, things aren’t getting done because of the Republican Party.
  • Of course, there is one thing that keeps Republicans busy.  They have tried more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare.  Despite that, 8 million people signed up for health care in the first open enrollment. Which does lead one to ask, how well does Obamacare have to work before you don’t want to repeal it?  What if everybody’s cholesterol drops to 120?  What if your yearly checkup came with tickets to a Clippers game? Not the old, Donald Sterling Clippers — the new Oprah Clippers.  Would that be good enough?  What if they gave Mitch McConnell a pulse? What is it going to take?” 
    • This is kind of like telling the Republicans, “HA in your face!” for doubting and attempting to repeal the President’s plans. Obama makes a joke out of the benefits of having health care coverage.
  • “On a more serious note, tonight reminds us that we really are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a daily basis — and then, once a year, give him or her the chance, at least, to try to return the favor.  But we also know that not every journalist, or photographer, or crew-member is so fortunate, because even as we celebrate the free press tonight, our thoughts are with those in places around the globe like Ukraine, and Afghanistan, and Syria, and Egypt, who risk everything — in some cases, even give their lives — to report the news. 
    • And finally, Obama gets serious and thanks the journalists, photographers and crew-members for their hard work in covering many stories world wide all while risking their lives in dangerous territories, which is the purpose of having the correspondents dinner.
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