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Obama jokes about aging during 2nd term

By Bradley Klapper

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 09:54 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2013


WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama joked Saturday that the years are catching up to him and he's not "the strapping young Muslim socialist" he used to be.

Obama poked fun at himself as well as some of his political adversaries during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner attended by politicians, members of the media and Hollywood celebrities.

Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda. But then he showed a picture of himself golfing on a mock magazine cover of "Senior Leisure."

"I'm not the strapping young Muslim Socialist that I used to be," the president remarked, and then recounted his recent 2-for-22 basketball shooting performance at the White House Easter Egg hunt.

But Obama's most dramatic shift for the next four years appeared to be aesthetic. He presented a montage of shots featuring him with bangs similar to those sometimes sported by his wife.

"So we borrowed one of Michelle's tricks," Obama said. "I thought this looked pretty good, but no bounce."

Obama closed by noting the nation's recent tragedies in Massachusetts and Texas, praising Americans of all stripes from first responders to local journalists for serving the public good.

Saturday night's banquet not far from the White House attracted the usual assortment of stars from Hollywood and beyond. Actors Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes, who play government characters on series, were among the attendees, as was Korean entertainer Psy. Several Cabinet members, governors and members of Congress were present.

And despite coming at a somber time, nearly two weeks after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing and 10 days after a devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the president and political allies and rivals alike took the opportunity to enjoy some humor. Late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien headlined the event.

Some of Obama's jokes came at his Republican rivals' expense. He asked that the GOP's minority outreach begin with him as a "trial run" and said he'd take his recent charm offensive with Republicans on the road, including events with conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

"In fact, I'm taking my charm offensive on the road -- a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann," Obama joked.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson would have had better success getting Obama out of office if he simply offered the president $100 million to drop out of last year's race, Obama quipped.

And on the 2016 election, the president noted in self-referential irony that potential Republican candidate Sen. Marco Rubio wasn't qualified because he hasn't even served a full term in the Senate. Obama served less than four years of his six-year Senate term before he was elected president in 2008.

"I mean, the guy has not even finished a single term in the Senate and he thinks he's ready to be President," Obama joked.

The gala also was an opportunity for six journalists, including Associated Press White House Correspondent Julie Pace, to be honored for their coverage of the presidency and national issues.

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza won the Aldo Beckman Award, which recognizes excellence in the coverage of the presidency.

Pace won the Merriman Smith Award for a print journalist for coverage on deadline.

ABC's Terry Moran was the winner of the broadcast Merriman Smith Award for deadline reporting.

Reporters Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene of the Center for Public Integrity won the Edgar A. Poe Award for coverage of issues of national significance.







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pandadaddy wrote:
Admitting you're a socialist is nothing to joke about. Tragic would be more like it.
on April 27,2013 | 09:46PM
IAmSane wrote:
People on this website are so fuсking boring.
on April 28,2013 | 12:49AM
miss_laulau wrote:
Wow! I'm so surprised they did not censor you!
on April 28,2013 | 06:39AM
hanalei395 wrote:
I wrote something about kayaks on another subject, and it was "sent for approval".
on April 28,2013 | 09:40AM
kainalu wrote:
The Muslim Socialist JOKE was a 100% winner!!! You need a life, panda.
on April 28,2013 | 09:45AM
Skyler wrote:
Guess the 'f' word isn't in the computer mod's vocabulary... wow. Either that, or you work for the SA.
on April 28,2013 | 12:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
How come I get censored for basically nothing and you dropped the F bomb and didn't get censored. What's with that SA???
on April 28,2013 | 05:17PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Why Republicans are losers........No sense of humor.
on April 28,2013 | 06:57AM
aomohoa wrote:
Knock off the trashing generalization about republicans! I have a very good sense of humor and I am evidently a lot more open minded that you hanalei395.
on April 28,2013 | 05:20PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not you, aomohoa, other Republicans.
on April 28,2013 | 05:53PM
aomohoa wrote:
Lighten up. I didn't vote for him, but he does have a sense of human. Evidently you don't.
on April 28,2013 | 05:16PM
bekwell wrote:
Obama admitted years ago that he is a muslim socialist. But he is much more than that; with statements like, "aging people are a burden on the government."
on April 28,2013 | 04:39AM
kainalu wrote:
Buwahahahaha! If you can't laugh at yourself. Grab some tissues and wipe away the tears, bekwell.
on April 28,2013 | 09:46AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe that is just bekwell's dry sense of humor? LOL!
on April 28,2013 | 05:21PM
serious wrote:
I agree with Obama, his second term is as much a joke as the first one.
on April 28,2013 | 06:19AM
kainalu wrote:
Yep. The blackman elected as POTUS ... TWICE!!! Suck on it!
on April 28,2013 | 09:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The joke is on serious....... and he's not laughing
on April 28,2013 | 10:01AM
loio wrote:
i'm so sick of this narcissistic fool.
on April 28,2013 | 06:25AM
kainalu wrote:
Apparently, there isn't enough tissues to go around! Buwahahahaha!
on April 28,2013 | 09:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
loio is sick...... All right!
on April 28,2013 | 01:19PM
iwanaknow wrote:
See what 100 million could have bought?
on April 28,2013 | 08:37AM
kainalu wrote:
I like the part where he brought up JZ and said, "I've got 99 problems and JZ is now one of them" ... then explained it to O'Reilly. Too funny!
on April 28,2013 | 09:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Obama already has some snow. His job as commander in chief is the most stressful in the world. TIME named Obama as one of the 100 most influential in the world now.
on April 28,2013 | 01:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
I would think he is in the top 10 at least:)
on April 28,2013 | 05:22PM
purigorota wrote:
So he's still doing snow?
on April 28,2013 | 08:54PM
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