Over the weekend, President Obama admitted he is “not the strapping young Muslim socialist” he used to be. Obama also said that while at the dedication of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas last week, he was thinking about a library named after him when he leaves office. Obama said that some have suggested it be built in his birthplace – Obama said, “I’d rather keep it in the United States!”
Those were just a few of the comments made by President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington Saturday night. This is an annual star-studded event that attracts the biggest celebrities, politicians and media personalities in the country. It’s a moment when the President ‘jokes’ about Congress, the news media and himself.
Jokes are funny if there is at least a degree of believability that the source delivering the jokes might actually mean what’s being said. President Obama was funny – or should I say his ‘writers’ were funny! The President made fun of the rumors that he is actually a Muslim, which many reading this blog believe to be true. And he joked about his relationships with Congress and the news media.
Here are a few comments made by President Obama:
• About CNN: “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately but the fact is, I admire their commitment to covering all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate!”
• About BuzzFeed: “I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 a.m.”
• About the FOX News Channel: Obama said The History Channel was not present at the dinner because they were “embarrassed” for comparing him to Satan in the TV series, “The Bible.” But he said, “Of course, that never kept FOX from showing up.”
Conan O’Brien was the comedian host and he took shots at everyone, too:
• Conan said that N. J. Governor Chris Christie was mistakenly seated with the Republicans.
• O’Brien commented that there are only two active black senators in the Senate – which means there are more blacks in the Senate than at a Mumford & Sons concert.
• He said, “My prior experience has taught me how these dinners work. If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the FOX News table laughs, a little girl fell off her bike!”
• O’Brien also talked about Obama’s relationship with speaker of the House John Boehner. He compared that relationship to a blind date between Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) – they both understand each other, but you know nothing is going to happen.
Considering the long-standing tension between the two parties in Washington, as well as tensions between politicians and the media, there is something quite comforting about the President making fun of himself, his political adversaries and the media. However, whether it was President Obama or Conan O’Brien making the jokes, it seemed that there were too many in the audience who were not laughing at themselves when the jokes targeted their group or their agenda.
If you go to the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, you know what kind of event you are attending – so just enjoy it – or stay home!
I hope you do appreciate it when the President or any politician show a sense of humor when it comes to their ideological adversaries. I will always maintain the right to add a sense of humor and sarcasm when talking about the heated political issues on “The Scoot Show!” Please don’t ever lose your political sense-of-humor, even when listening to talk radio – that is a precious and unique human trait.