White House Correspondents Dinner

Two stories Obama addressed in his speech:

  1. “I have to do all of this stuff, and still find time to pray 5 times a day.” Obama addressed those who accused him of being Muslim. I found a story on the website “American Thinker” that has the title “So is Barack Obama Muslim or what?”  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/09/so_is_barack_obama_a_muslim_or_what.html
  2. “Michelle hasn’t aged a day. I always ask her what her secret is, and she always responds with ‘fresh fruits and vegetables!'” Obama was referencing his wife’s healthy food initiative in schools across the nation. http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/families-outraged-see-michelle-obama-approved-school-lunches-yuck/

5 stories that covered the speech at the time and reflection:

  1. npr.org: 8 Obama Jokes that Stood Out from the White House Correspondents Dinner
    1. http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/04/26/402293168/7-obama-jokes-that-stood-out-from-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner
  2. CNN: White House correspondents dinner: Barack Obama has one mean wit
    1. http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/politics/white-house-correspondents-association-dinner-obama/
  3. Time: Watch the funniest Funniest Jokes From the White House Correspondent’s Dinner
    1. http://time.com/3835776/white-house-correspondents-dinner-president-obama-cecily-strong-whcd/
  4. Deadline: 7 Best Moments of the White House Correspondents Dinner
    1. http://deadline.com/2015/04/white-house-corresponents-dinner-7-best-moments-obama-bucket-list-1201416545/
  5. New York Post: Inside the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, aka “Nerd Prom”
    1. http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/inside-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner-aka-nerd-prom/

After reading through the articles of the most notable jokes, I realized a majority of the ones were jokes that had stood out in my mind as well. I left with the impression that Obama really did have a funny sense of humor, and a lot of the articles seemed to agree with me. One article even went so far as to say, “if you have a rivalry with Obama, I suggest that you stay home on Saturday.” This was in reference to the many jokes that were targeted at mainly Republicans and past presidents. Overall I thought the correspondents dinner was absolutely hilarious. There were no jokes that went too far, although I did notice the only two jokes that were received coldly were jokes about news stations. I am still confused about that, but the rest of the jokes were greatly received by a warm audience.


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