Getting past the velvet rope at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner isn’t easy, so here are some of the best lines from Saturday night’s Washington D.C. soiree.
It’s not clear whether host Joel McHale or President Obama got the biggest laughs, so we’ll give you a couple of their best shots and let you decide who was funniest.
“In 2008 my slogan was ‘yes we can.’ In 2013 my slogan was ‘control + alt + delete,'” said the President, who even worked in a couple of showbiz references.
“These days, House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they give me,” he said, “which means orange really is the new black.”
He said the dicey start for his health plan’s online sign-ups were “Frozen”: “On the plus side, they did turn the launch of HealthCare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies.”
And he got in jab at CNN’s relentless reports on the mising Malaysia Airlines flight. “I am happy to be here even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days … I think they’re still searching for their table.”
McHale referred to Obama as “one of the best presidents in history. Definitely in the top 50.”
On Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the White House: “As our first female president, we could pay her 30 percent less. That’s savings our country could use!”
And on another high-profile candidacy: “People are asking, ‘Will Donald Trump run again?’ And the answer is, ‘Does that thing on his head crap in the woods?’ ”
He worked in a shot at our neighbors to the north, as well.
“Between Justin Bieber, Rob Ford and Ted Cruz, I just want to tell Canada, ‘Hey, relax, we already have a Florida.'”