Reviews of Barack Obama at the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner (video above) agree that he did a better job than Jay Leno, who Obama described as “the only person whose ratings fell more than mine.'” Obama was also happy he did not have to follow Leno “because we have all seen what happens when somebody takes the time slot after Leno.”
Obama did receive some criticism for concentrating his jokes on others rather than on himself. He did not spare other members of his administration, such as Joe Biden, saying Biden told him the dinner was “a big f**king meal.”
Among Obama’s other jokes:
“It’s been quite a year since I’ve spoken here last — lots of ups, lots of downs — except for my approval ratings, which have just gone down. ..But that’s politics. It doesn’t bother me. Beside I happen to know that my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth.
“Obviously I’m most pleased that Michelle accompanied me. She doesn’t always go to these things. And there are few things in life that are harder to find and more important to keep than love—well, love and a birth certificate.
“The Jonas Brothers are here … Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you—predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking.
“I saw Michael Steele backstage when we were taking pictures—AKA Notorious GOP. Michael, who knows what truly plagues America today—taxation without representin’. My brother.
“I’ve learned this year politics can be a tough business, but there are times where you just can’t help but laugh. You know what really tickles me? Eric Massa. Apparently Massa claimed that Rahm came up to him one day in the House locker room, stark naked, started screaming obscenities at him. To which I say, welcome to my world.”
“Odds are that the Salahis are here. There haven’t been people that were more unwelcome at a party since Charlie Crist.”
Although his poll numbers are down, Obama said he hears he’s popular on Twitter and Facebook. “Or as Sarah Palin call it, the socialized media,” he said.