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President Obama’s 10 Best One-Liners From WHCA Dinner

By Derek Wallbank
May 04, 2014 2:08 AM EDT 214 Comments
U.S. President Barack Obama attends at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool via Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama attends at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool via Getty Images

President Barack Obama, following tradition, tried his hand at stand-up comedy last night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Here are 10 of his best one-liners:

- “I usually start off these dinners with a few self-deprecating jokes. After my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?”

- “At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize.”

- “In 2008 my slogan was ‘Yes We Can.’ In 2013 it was ‘Control-Alt-Delete.’”

- On the dinner’s comedian host, Joel McHale, and the gala’s reputation: “On ‘Community’, Joel plays a preening, self-obsessed narcissist. So this dinner must be a real change of pace for you.”

- On CNN: “I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia... the lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage these days.” Obama followed up saying that lost-Malaysian-plane -obsessed CNN was probably still trying to find its table.

- On the Boston Marathon: An American winning the Boston Marathon was inspiring and “only fair, because a Kenyan has been president for the last six.”

- On Fox News and the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency: “Let’s face it Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It’ll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”

- On Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: “As a general rule, things don’t end well when a sentence starts, ‘Let me tell you something about the negro.’”

- On how well Obamacare would have to work for Republicans to quit trying to repeal it: “What if your yearly checkup came with tickets to a Clippers game? Not the old Don Sterling Clippers, the new Oprah Clippers. Would that be good enough?”

- And, judged by audience response, his best effort of the night: “These days the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me... which means that orange really is the new black.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Derek Wallbank in Washington at dwallbank@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net Don Frederick, Amit Prakash

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