Despite the enormous amount of pressure he is currently under, President Obama last night unleashed his humorous side at the 98th White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where he made tongue-in-cheek references to the Secret Service Scandal, Hillary Clinton’s wild night out in Columbia, the state of the media, and naturally, his opponent, Mitt Romney.
The evening was filled with laughs and was hosted at the White House by Jimmy Kimmel.
And what we found hilarious, was that in a sea of famous faces including George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Goldie Hawn and legendary journalists Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, that Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian managed to snare an invite.
Let’s not forget that one is infamous for her constant troubles and run-ins with the law.
And the other, notably, burst into the spotlight thanks to a sex tape.
We’re still baffled by their presence there. Nevertheless, the evening was touted as a success, and here Time magazine’s has picked their favorite moments from the event.
On his relationship with Hillary Clinton:
“Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.”
On news aggregation:
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day.”
On his opponent Mitt Romney and The Hunger Games:
“I guess Governor Romney is feeling pretty good about things because he took a few hours off the other day to see The Hunger Games. It’s a movie about people who court wealthy sponsors and then brutally savage each other until only one contestant is left standing. I’m sure this was a really good change of pace for him. I have not seen The Hunger Games — not enough class warfare for me.”
On a potential second term:
“In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy. In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. In my first term, we repealed the policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;’ in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, ‘It’s Raining Men.’ In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again.”
President Obama closed on a more serious note, taking a moment to honor recently-deceased journalists Anthony Shadid of the New York Times and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times. He then commended the nation’s journalists — about half of whom, it seems, were in the audience — for helping “protect our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life.” But of course, the funnyman-in-chief wedged in one more quip before exiting the stage: “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
Kimmel soon took the stage, starting off strong with some standard jabs at the President. Some of his jokes got a rather mixed response: Attacks on high-profile Republicans like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich got polite laughs, as did his decision to equate Kim Kardashian with Osama bin Laden. (Yes, that happened.) He did fling some zingers, of course, and here are some of the best:
On President Obama’s chance at re-election:
“You know, there’s a term for guys like President Obama. Probably not two terms.”
On President Obama’s ears:
“Mr President, I know you won’t be able to laugh at any of my jokes about the Secret Service, so cover your ears, if that’s physically possible.”
On Rupert Murdoch:
“Is the Fox table laughing or did Rupert Murdoch hack all my jokes already?”
On the 2012 GOP candidates:
“Rick Santorum is out. It just wasn’t Rick’s year. Rick’s year is 1954.”
Watch the President in action last night, here….