Obama's Best Jokes At White House Correspondents' Dinner
President Barack Obama took to the podium to deliver a humorous speech at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, the annual Washington event that gathers journalists and lawmakers for a laid back meal. Below, are arguably Obama's top jokes of the night.
One of the news stories that's been getting a lot of attention lately made for a particularly amusing joke for the president – Jay Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba. "Maybe I have lost a step," the president admitted, "but some things are beyond my control. For example this whole controversy about Jay Z going to Cuba. It's unbelievable. I've got 99 problems and now Jay Z is one of them."
He also referenced the problems and concerns of taking on a second term as president. "I understand: second term, need a burst of new energy. Try some new things and my team and I talked about it. We were willing to try anything, so we borrowed one of Michelle [Obama]'s tricks." Images of the president with thick bangs like his wife starting playing on a screen. "I thought this looked pretty good but no bounce," Obama deadpanned.
When Obama began describing new media during his remarks, Buzzfeed got a memorable shout out. "The problem is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly you can't keep up with it," he told the audience. "I mean I remember when 'buzzfeed' was just something I did in college around 2 a.m." He added under is breath, "It's true."
The president also delivered some quips about politics and his presidency. Most notably was when he started talking about former president George W. Bush's new library. "That inspired me to get started on my own legacy, which will actually begin by building another edifice right next to the Bush library," he said. "Can we show that, please?" An image then popped up on the screen that showed Bush's library next to a billboard featuring an arrow pointing at the building along with the caption "His Fault."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara and Scandal's Tony Goldwyn were in attendance at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.