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Obama Cracks Up the Gridiron Dinner

President Obama last night closed the show at the annual Washington Gridiron Dinner, a white tie journo affair known incongruously for both its exclusivity and its outrageous stage acts and humor.

Obama was introduced to the chords of Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” commenting, “Some things just bear repeating.” National Journal has a good rundown of the jokes.

But the dinner drew controversy this year as some reporters protested the ban on TV cameras, a rule which puts the journalists running the thing in the position of keeping some members of the press from covering the president. Print reporters can write whatever they want after the event.

32 thoughts on “Obama Cracks Up the Gridiron Dinner”

  1. What this piece should have said:
    Due to National concerns and International crisis, the President sends his regrets that he will not be able to attend tonight’s dinner.

  2. Obama could have spent his time in the dais kicking kittens through electric fans and the press would have said he was hilarious.

    What srdem65 said as well.

  3. You want FUNNY? Check out today’s USA TODAY WEEKEND–Michelle’s clothes icon-i-tude. They picked the WORST giant belts, cardigans with button gaposis, etc. Are they kidding?

  4. I read the transcript and it was well-done full of self-depricating humor. It was obviously wriiten by a professional from late night tv. It didn’t sound at all like him.

    1. He doesn’t write this stuff–he has no sense of humor, much less sense of the absurd…yes, govt still open for now…I am not from Kenya, kneeslappers…. For self-deprecating to work (in a case
      where everyone in the room is not a braying sychophant), you need affection for the joke-teller–you need to be thinking, aw, he isn’t really like that…

  5. “All right, I hear the criticisms. I do. For example, I know that people think I’m not passionate enough. That I’m too cool. That I’m too detached. But as I was going through my daily routine — sitting alone in my study — (laughter) — meditating, thinking about how to win the future — (laughter) — I pondered this critique, and calmly rejected it — (laughter and applause) — as thoroughly illogical. (Laughter.) And for all those who think I golf too much, let me be clear. I’m not spending time on the golf course — I’m investing time on the golf course. (Laughter.)”

    This is from Jake Tapper’s story on the get together.

    If he believes that is the worst of the criticism we’re tossing at him, he still isn’t listening. I know it is supposed to be self-deprecating humor on his part, but he doesn’t pull it off very well. I don’t think he has the ability to make fun of himself.

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