May 2nd, 2010
08:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Celebrities, journalists join for night of comedy

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's punch lines targeted a diverse group Saturday - from teen sensations the Jonas Brothers to comedian Jay Leno, whom he described as the only person with worse ratings than his.

"Jonas Brothers are here tonight," the president said at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner. Daughters "Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But boys, don't get any ideas. Two words: predator drones."

Obama said he was happy to address the crowd before Leno, who headlined the annual event.

"Glad to see the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year. ... I'm also glad that I'm speaking first," he said.

"We've seen what happens when someone takes the time slot after Leno," the president added, referring to comedian Conan O'Brien leaving NBC after an unsuccessful stint hosting "The Tonight Show."

Members of the Obama administration, including Vice President Joe Biden and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, were not safe from the zingers either.

Former rivals and volatile current issues were also part of the stand-up.

The president noted that Arizona Sen. John McCain did not identify himself as a maverick this year - a title he frequently touted when he was running for presidency against Obama.

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  1. Marie MD

    Some of the jokes of both President Obama and Leno were very funny. Unfortunately the crowd was dead and boring.
    Typical DC drowd then you add the "elites" of Hollywood and what do you get . . . . . . nothing!!!
    I did like leno's mention of the lesbian bondage club and steele. Went something like repugs don't want gay lesbians to marry but you don't mind seeing them tie each other up in knots. Ouch!! 🙂 🙂

    May 2, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Gil

    How nice to have a president that is down to earth and likes to speak rather than one who lacks speaking skills, is dry with no sense of humor and had a C+ grade point!

    May 2, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    it's always good for politicans to be able to get together and take friendly potshots at each other and even on themselves. Yet President Obama refuses to publically "diss" the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party crowd and others that have little to no problem doing such to him. Perhaps it's just a way to show who really is the bigger person here.

    May 2, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. katiec

    Bipartianship in the media is as rare as with the republican party.
    You have your Murdocks owning many organizations, big business dictating the reporting and stations like CNN becoming another Fox that the American people have no chance of getting true, unbiased reporting.
    Add to that the raving radical commentators, one has to dig for the facts and truth which, unfortunatly, many do not take the time to do.
    There is no trust, honor or integrity left.

    May 2, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Anonymous

    The President did an outstanding job last night, l laughed very hard at most of his jokes. This is a well rounded smart man that we have leading our country.

    May 2, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |