VIDEO: President Obama’s Bit at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner

Apr 29, 2012
7:08 am

Last night, the annual White House Correspondents Dinner happened once again at the Hilton ballroom in Washington DC. Ok, CNN kept calling it the political versions of the Oscars (which makes no sense), but it is clear that this yearly event, known as the "nerd prom of Washington DC," is getting more and more attention. Now, some will just see this as "politics as usual" and they would be right, us, however, just wanted to laugh a little last night.

Here is the President's "monologue." (Full transcript here.) Our three favorite moments:

The President's Thoughts on the 2008 Primary

Despite many obstacles, much has changed during my time in office. Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena. (Laughter.)

The President's Thoughts on The Huffington Post

And plenty of journalists are here tonight. I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. (Applause.) You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day. (Laughter and applause.) Give them a round of applause. And you don’t pay them — it’s a great business model. (Laughter.)

The President Talks About Mitt Romney

Now, I know at this point many of you are expecting me to go after my likely opponent, Newt Gingrich. (Laughter.) Newt, there’s still time, man. (Laughter.) But I’m not going to do that — I’m not going to attack any of the Republican candidates. Take Mitt Romney — he and I actually have a lot in common. We both think of our wives as our better halves, and polls show, to a alarmingly insulting extent, the American people agree. (Laughter.) We also both have degrees from Harvard; I have one, he has two. What a snob. (Laughter and applause.) Of course, we’ve also had our differences. Recently, his campaign criticized me for slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. In fact, I understand Governor Romney was so incensed he asked his staff if he could get some equal time on The Merv Griffin Show. (Laughter.) Still, I guess Governor Romney is feeling pretty good about things because he took a few hours off the other day to see The Hunger Games — some of you have seen it. It’s a movie about people who court wealthy sponsors and then brutally savage each other until only one contestant is left standing. I’m sure this was a really good change of pace for him. (Laughter.) I have not seen The Hunger Games; not enough class warfare for me. (Laughter.)

As for Jimmy Kimmel, the dinner's host, we give him a B for his monologue (it started out strong but the end was weak) but a D or his "unnecessary censorship" bit. We love that bit when he does it on his show, but don't know if it made sense in this forum.