Last night, the President made his way to the Washington Hilton for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, headlined this year by comedian Joel McHale. Yesterday marked the sixth time President Obama has addressed the organization of journalists who cover the White House.
In keeping with the dinner’s tradition, the President assumed the role of Comedian-in-Chief during his remarks, poking fun at himself as well as a number of other politicians and news organizations. He joked about everything from the roll-out of HealthCare.gov — saying that his slogan changed from “Yes We Can” to “Control-Alt-Delete” — to how Fox News will cope with the end of his presidency.
“Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone,” the President said. “It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
Ending his speech on a more serious note, the President also remarked on how fortunate we are to live in a country with free press, and reminded us how the “fight for full and fair access goes beyond the chance to ask a question.”
For over 100 years, even as the White House Correspondents Association has told the story of America’s progress, you’ve lived it, too — gradually allowing equal access to women, and minorities, and gays, and Americans with disabilities. And, yes, radio, and television, and Internet reporters, as well. And through it all, you’ve helped make sure that even as societies change, our fundamental commitment to the interaction between those who govern and those who ask questions doesn’t change. And as Jay will attest, it’s a legacy you carry on enthusiastically every single day
(Reprint from the White House)