White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2012 showed that President Barack Obama is a great ‘comedian’, says Nabila Habib. Watch the video
President Obama unveiled his funny face at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, poking fun at a number of celebrities and getting long laughs from the audience.
His speech was full of one gag after another and this was by far his funniest and liveliest speech ever. Coming under the target of President Obama’s gags were celebrities like Kim Kardashian, the cast of Glee and Donald Trump. He roped in Trump in a seemingly serious allusion to the attack on Osama bin Laden.
The attack happened while last year’s dinner was in progress.
Obama addressed the journalists and celebrities gathered for the dinner, “My fellow Americans, we gather during a historic anniversary. Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals.”
He then showed them a very unflattering photo of Trump on the big screens inside the ballroom of the Washington Hilton.
Equally funny was his gag about himself when he said that he was going to look like Morgan Freeman in a few years’ time. He also brought in his dog Bo and Mitt Romney and his relationship with his respective dogs for some more laughs.
His immensely funny speech ended with him declaring that he would have shared some more anecdotes but that he had “to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
This was a clear jab at the agency’s recent prostitution scandal.
Obama seems to have planned a very informal and lively time during the dinner because the beginning of his speech was part of another gag.
Just before taking the podium for his speech, he walked off stage with a “hot mike”. Last month he was caught with an open microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
He declared offstage, “What am I doing here? I’m opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.”
However, Obama was not the official funny guy of the evening, for the place was reserved for Jimmy Kimmel, who got his share of laughs.
He got back to Obama by his own jabs at him. During his time before the mike, he addressed Obama, saying, Remember when the country rallied around you in the hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious. That was your best one yet.”
The dinner was spangled by Hollywood stars.
As the guests arrived, they expressed their joy and thrill to be a part of such a big event. Guest of USA TODAY, Kelly Ripa, said, It’s much bigger than I anticipated. I thought we’d be in the Obamas’ kitchen, sitting around with just a few USA TODAY reporters and us, but it really is very glamorous.”
The Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki was also present at the Correspondents’ Dinner and he joked that he has been invited probably because of his family history.
The curly-headed star said, “It’s absolutely surreal. For me, honestly, it’s incredibly touching to call my mother in the car on the way here, and tell her, ‘Mama, I’m going to the presidential dinner.’ It’s really amazing.”
He was accompanied by his girlfriend Kelli Garner.
He added, “My parents were very political and did a lot of protesting in Chicago and Detroit and raised me with an idea that dissent is not only your right, but your obligation when you’re passionate about something. I hope I’ve done them proud.”
A large number of who-is-who gathered for the dinner and politicians hobnobbed with celebrities and artists on equal footing. Noticeable among the guests were Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Daniel Radcliffe and George Clooney.
Guest Alicia Keys spoke while clinging to her husband, Swizz Beatz, “It’s very interesting; I like the mesh of people. The convergence of all politics and entertainment, it’s very interesting.”
The dinner sponsors scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards for distinction in journalism.