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by Jenna Mullins | Sat., May. 3, 2014 8:34 PM
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Happy 100th birthday, White House Correspondents' Association! Your big gift came in the form of Hollywood and Washington coming together for the annual "nerd prom." You're welcome!
Before President Barack Obama took the stage to show off his comedic chops, he was introduced by a short starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Veep character Selina Meyer and Vice President Joe Biden. They basically went on a joy ride around Washington and got some jabs in at House of Cards' Kevin Spacey, and they eventually ended up in the kitchen of the White House where they gorged themselves on ice cream. And who should catch them but the Michelle Obama herself?
You can watch the hilarious opening clip starring the First Lady and our Vice President above.
After the short, the President was welcomed to the stage, but before he started his speech, he ordered for two ferns to be brought out because "it's worked before." Obama didn't pull punches during the dinner; CNN, Fox News, Donald Trump and Donald Sterling all got name checked in his speech.
But of course, he had to make some jabs at his own expense.
"What could I possibly talk about?" he said dryly to open the evening. "I admit it. Last year was rough. Sheesh."
When a visual aid wasn't working during his bit, Obama handled it like a pro and took it all in stride.
"The joke doesn't really work without the slide," he insisted. "Oh, well. Assume that it was funny!"
Here are some of the best jokes from President Obama during the White House Correspondents dinner:
On Obamacare: "Of course, we rolled out HealthCare.gov. That could've gone better. In 2008 my slogan was 'Yes, We Can.' In 2013, my slogan was 'Control, Alt, Delete.'"
On CNN's exhaustive coverage of Malaysia Flight 370: "I'm a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to for CNN coverage these days. I think they're still searching for their table."
On MSNBC: "They're a little over-whelmed. They've never seen an audience this big before."
On Donald Trump's birth certificate investigation: "An American won the Boston Marathon for the first time in 40 years, which was inspiring and only fair since a Kenyan has been President for the past six."
On Fox News: "Let's face it, Fox. You'll miss me when I'm gone. It'll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary [Clinton] was born in Kenya."
On John Boehner's skin color "I'm feeling sorry, believe it or not, for the speaker of the House, as well. These days the House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they do me. Which means orange really is the new black."
On the government shutdown: "One thing we've been unable to agree on is unemployment insurance. Republicans refuse to extend it. I'm beginning to think they have a point. If you want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress just like everybody else.
On critics of Obamacare: "How well does ObamaCare have to work before people don't want to repeal it. What if everyone's cholesterol drops to 120? What if your yearly check up came with tickets to a Clippers game? Not the old Don Sterling Clippers, the new Oprah Clippers! Would that be good enough? What if it gave Mitch McConnell a pulse?"
Thank you, Mr. President! We'll see you next year.
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