10 Times Barack Obama Made Us Laugh

Ten Times Obama Made Us Laugh

Obama’s Best White House One-Liners

Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying Barack Obama has a great sense of humor. Here are ten of his best zingers from speeches at the White House correspondents dinners through the years.

  1. “I know I was a little late tonight. I was running on CPT, which stands for jokes that white people should not make.”
  2.  “Now, some have said I blame too many problems on my predecessor, but let’s not forget that’s a practice that was initiated by George W. Bush.”
  3. “Anyway, it’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper.”
  4. “Our chaperone for the evening is Jimmy Kimmel, who is perfect for the job since most of tonight’s audience is in his key demographic — people who fall asleep during ‘Nightline.’
  5. “And yet somehow, despite all this, despite the churn, in my final year my approval ratings keep going up. The last time I was this high I was trying to decide on my major.”
  6. “I want to especially thank all the [Congress] members who took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight.”
  7. “Helen Mirren is here tonight. I don’t even have a joke here, I just think Helen Mirren is awesome.”
  8. “Look, I’ve said how much I admire Hillary’s toughness, her smarts, her policy chops, her experience. You’ve got admit it though, Hillary trying appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook. ‘Dear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I’m using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.’ It’s not entirely persuasive.”
  9. “The Republican establishment is incredulous that he is their most likely nominee. Incredulous. Shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan. And there is one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable and that’s closing Guantanamo because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground. Alright, that is probably enough. I mean I’ve got more material. No, no, no.”
  10. “I have not seen ‘The Hunger Games.’ Not enough class warfare for me.”

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.