Here’s a snippet of the POTUS’ comedy routine from last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Saturday Night Live’”s Cecily Strong made a bold proclamation about President Barack Obama: “He’s known as an amazingly funny guy,” she said. “He’s maybe our funniest president.” (Politico)
During an interview with Variety before headlining the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “Saturday Night Live’”s Cecily Strong made a bold proclamation about President Barack Obama: “He’s known as an amazingly funny guy,” she said. “He’s maybe our funniest president.”
So the pressure was on when Obama took the stage late Saturday night—a time-slot that’s usually Strong’s turf. Would the president embrace his lame-duck status and really rip into Washington’s eccentricities, or would he coast to the finish line in his penultimate nerd prom? You be the judge—here are his top ten lines.
10. On former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s declaration that he would not attend a gay wedding if invited: “Gays and lesbians across the country responded, ‘that’s not going to be a problem.’”
9. On ABC’s new series “Blackish”: “Being blackish only makes you popular for so long. There’s a shelf life to that thing.”
8. On his rapidly-graying hair: “I look so old John Boehner has already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.”
7. On why he’s so relaxed in the final years of his presidency: “Those Joe Biden shoulder massages, they’re like magic. You should try one. Oh, you have?”
6. On presidential long-shot Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont): “Some folks really want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the White House. We could get a third Obama term after all.”
5. On Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) comparing himself to Galileo for denying the existence of man-made climate change: “Galileo believed the Earth revolves around the son. Ted Cruz believes the Earth revolves around Ted Cruz”
4. On his ever-improving relationship with Vice President Joe Biden: “We’ve gotten so close that in some places in Indiana they won’t serve us pizza anymore.”
3. On how history will view his presidency: “Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”
2. On his plans for his last year and a half in office: “I have something that rhymes with a bucket list. Take executive action on immigration? Bucket. New climate regulations? Bucket.”
1. On Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Clinton: “I have one friend, just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year and she’s now living out of a van in Iowa.”
ADAM B. LERNER