Every year, the President of the United States attends one of the most comical events of their presidency: The annual White House Correspondent’ Dinner. The event is relatively unique in the political world and it emphasizes some of the most important aspects of America’s political and press freedoms.
More importantly, it’s an occasion for the President to hit back at his opponents, the media, and others in a comedic way. Not many countries have anything remotely similar, so it’s important to recognize this event every year. Luckily it’s easy to do so, as it is often a hilarious evening.
Millions of people each year tune into the Correspondents’ Dinner to catch the best jokes, jabs, and stories told by the President and other speakers at the dinner. Every year seems to bring more laughs and jokes that simply don’t disappoint.
If you didn’t catch the Correspondents’ Dinner (or even if you did), take some time to read through these hilarious quotes from President Obama about topics from Obamacare to the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy:
A great opener for Obama: “I usually start these dinners with a few self-deprecating jokes. But after my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?”
The Boston Marathon and Africa: “Just last month, an American won the Boston Marathon for the first time in 30 years. Which was inspiring. And only fair since a Kenyan has been President for the last six. Had to even things out.”
About the healthcare.gov website debacle: “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 the most unproductive Congress in history: “If you wanna get paid for not working, you should have to run for Congress like everybody else.”
There are several more quotes where that came from. President Obama spoke for just under twenty minutes at the dinner. You can easily find the rest of his speech on YouTube and other sites around the web.