President Obama brought the funny at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night, in stark contrast to Jay Leno, the professional comedian who was there solely for the purpose of being funny.
Let’s start with Obama. He led off by joking about his approval ratings and thanking organizers for allowing him to go on before Jay (“we’ve all seen what happens when you take the time slot after Leno”). After a few jokes aimed at himself, Obama started unloading on everyone else. He made fun of David Axelrod for being fat, Scott Brown for being dreamy, and John McCain for denying that he’s a maverick. He called Michael Steele “Notorious GOP,” equated John Boehner to Snooki and the Situation, and told the Jonas Brothers that he’d send predator drones after them if they make a move on his daughters.
But this being a dinner for the press, Obama couldn’t let the media go unnoticed. He told some predictable jokes about Fox and MSNBC, then used this amazing video of Rick Sanchez talking about the Icelandic volcano to remind everyone that CNN actually calls itself “the most trusted name in news.” Watch closely and you’ll see the camera cut to a pissed-off Larry King.
After his jokes, Obama got serious for a few minutes and Jay Leno came on. About twenty minutes later, he was done. Leno did fit in a few decent barbs directed at bondage-loving Republicans, but on this night, Obama seemed like the comedian and Leno the groan machine. Really, his videos were painful and making fun of Betty White? Not cool.