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Edgy Obama Opens For Kimmel at White House Correspondents Dinner (Video)

by Caryn James
April 28, 2012 11:41 PM
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We always knew it would be impossible to top last year’s hilarious and secretly dramatic White House Correspondents Dinner, when President Obama slammed Donald Trump – and secretly knew the attack on Osama Bin Laden was underway. But this year's version had its own even edgier tone.

The President began by alluding to last year, when “We finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals...” before a photo of Trump flashed in screen. You could see the Trump joke coming, but it was very satisfying anyway.

So was much of the President’s routine, which wonderfully skewered Mitt Romney and his dog-handling tactics, and Arianna Huffington. In the guise of congratulating the Huffington Post on its Pulitzer Prize, he added, “and you don’t pay them – it’s a great business model.”

He never quite recovered from a joke that fell flatter-than-flat, about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull: the pit bull tastes delicious. But even that joke suggested that Obama wanted to take some risks – imagine the jokes he’ll be able to tell when he isn’t confined by his presidential role.   

The President’s routine set up an uneven but generally funny one from Jimmy Kimmel, who seemed a bit nervous, and uncomfortably read from papers in his hand rather than a Teleprompter. But he gently and often effectively mocked Republicans and Democrats, including the President. He even got into the night's doggie theme, welcoming one of the unaccountable celebrity guests, Uggie the dog from The Artist. “He can roll over on command,” Kimmel said of Uggie. “He’s a Democrat."

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  • Miss Balmoral | April 30, 2012 3:51 PMReply

    It may have fallen flat in the room but Kimmel alluding to the normalcy of people
    staring into Lobster tanks before sitting down to eat them kind of puts the whole thing
    into perspective ! I really like how Jimmy told the President that you do not have to include everything in your book you can leave out some details all in all they were great and seemed to really respect each other. Jimmy was nervous and rightly so he may be a great guy but Barack Obama is still the President/ leader of the free world OMG what an honor to be chosen !
    I loved the 2 shots at Ms Palin the wink after claiming to be born in Hawaii and of course
    the difference between Palin & a Pitbull - Pitbulls are delicious with that 100 watt smile !
    Everyone in our crowd loved that joke and we all LOVE our dogs but it speaks to the ridiculous
    nonsense of bringing into the campaign idiotic irrelevant stuff about a young boys parents
    customs in the early 1960's in Indonesia it is so silly it defies logic ? Whatever political ideas one holds, one would have to be dumb not to understand that this President is an amazing intelligent graceful human being. There is much work to be done to fix up our country and
    this man and his team are working tirelessly against all odds one darn step at a time !

  • Sean | April 29, 2012 12:03 AMReply

    *Difference btwn a Soccer Mom and a Pit-bull, not a pig. "A pit-bull tastes delicious." Definitely fell flat, though!

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