Hollywood glitterati met Washington elites at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, and the joke was certainly on the night’s guests. Both President Barack Obama and featured comic Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at each other and their audience, with the lasting gag of the night being a bizarre quip on eating dogs.
"Last week we learned that the president's two favorite steaks are rib-eye and seeing-eye," Kimmel remarked during his half-hour stint. It was a pun made in reference to the revelation that Obama ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia.
Obama also took cracks at himself and the dog-eating story.
"What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?" he asked. "A pit bull is delicious."
Deemed the “chaperone” of the evening by the president, Kimmel began his act with a special edition of “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship,” a weekly parody used on his late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Following the video montage, the comedian entertained the audience with jokes about the Secret Service, Newt Gingrich and, of course, Kim Kardashian.
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On the reality star, the comedian pointed to her table and said, "If you're looking for the greatest threat to America right now, she's right there. She's Kim Kardashian. When (Obama) took office, the Kardashians had one reality show. Now they have four. This is not a good trend."
Kimmel didn’t let anyone off the hook, including the Commander-in-Chief, mocking Obama’s large ears, comparing his thin frame to the Kenyan winner of the Boston Marathon and highlighting some of the struggles he has faced during his years in the Oval Office.
"Hey, Mr. President, do you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes for a better tomorrow?" the comedian asked. "That was hilarious."
Kimmel also took a stab at Republican governor Chris Christie of New Jersey: "You might be misunderstanding the New Jersey state slogan. It's not the 'Olive' Garden State."
Additionally, the comic commented on the death of the printed word, a jest that didn’t earn so many laughs from journalists in the room, though Obama’s own quips on the Huffington Post’s Pulitzer Prize earned a rousing response from the audience. The president, who did the introductory routine before Kimmel, played upon the website’s achievement.
Congratulating Huffington Post, Obama said, “There’s no one out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day. And you don’t pay them -- it’s a great business model!”
The president ended his routine commenting that while he did have more material, there simply was no time to use it. “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew,” he joked.
Originally a fanfare for journalists and politicians, in recent years, the WHCD has become more a celebrity-infused night of revelry, hosted each year by a popular comedian. Saturday’s event was attended by the likes of George Clooney, Goldie Hawn, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of “Modern Family” joining the nation’s journalists in a night of eating, networking and poking fun at, well, everyone.
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