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Washington Gathers For Nerdprom

by @ 8:16 am on May 2, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Celebrities, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Washington DC

The big event last night in Washington was the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, and the stars were President Obama and Jay Leno:

Washington (CNN) — President Obama’s punch lines targeted a diverse group Saturday — from teen sensations the Jonas Brothers to comedian Jay Leno, whom he described as the only person with worse ratings than his.

“Jonas Brothers are here tonight,” the president said at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner. Daughters “Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words: predator drones.”

Obama said he was happy to address the crowd before Leno, who headlined the annual event.

“Glad to see the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year. … I’m also glad that I’m speaking first,” he said.

“We’ve seen what happens when someone takes the time slot after Leno,” the president added, referring to comedian Conan O’Brien leaving NBC after an unsuccessful stint hosting “The Tonight Show.

Here’s Obama’s bit:

And Leno’s:

I thought the President was actually funnier than the “professional comedian”

2 Responses to “Washington Gathers For Nerdprom”

  1. Golias says:

    The jokes stroke gold in my opinion. It’s hard to make fun about certain things without the anonymity of the Internet or the cooperation of your audience.

    Sure we could have hoped that Jay Leno had poked more fun at Democrats and at Barack Obama instead of going for cheap shots at Bush/Cheney and Republicans.

    I agree that the audience did not feel too entertained by Leno and that perhaps the jokes were hard to grasp by those not in the know. The black, too black, orange enough of John Boehner for instance. Perhaps I liked it because I felt it still poses a question regarding people who have a problem swallowing politicians of a different ethnicity.

    BTW, regarding talks of racism, I stand by this quote:

    “This also isn’t how it works. Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive, irrational simpletons.”

    Perhaps this is why Jay Leno’s joke may have offended people as well. And perhaps why we all never settle matters regarding those hot-button issues.

  2. Jeffersontonion says:

    Good bit. Only part I disliked was the President’s exit line. After every frickin’ public event. Drive me bonkers. He needs to change it up a bit.

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