Obama and the White House Corres. Dinner

President Obama made the most of his final White House Correspondents' Dinner last night. While he probably can't take credit for the content of the jokes (written by others), he did a great job delivering them. He really had the timing down.

Obama and the jokes were funny and entertaining, especially about Trump, Cruz and Kasich. Here are some of the funnier ones.

Larry Wilmore gave the comedy monologue. I didn't care for him. He wasn't funny, just insulting. [More....]

Everything was either about race or a personal insult. Many of his attacks fell flat, like the one against Wolf Blitzer. No one laughed, and Wolf didn't react. Watching the audience throughout his monologue, it seemed there were many more raised eyebrows and stone faces than laughs. About 5 minutes into it, a chiron at the bottom of the TV screen asked: "Do you think Larry Wilmore is funny right now?" I don't remember that being asked during past monologues. John Boehner was funnier than he was, and that's saying something. I turned off the TV about 10 minutes into Wilmore's bit. I think he bombed.

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    Had a different take (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 01, 2016 at 08:43:34 AM EST
    on Larry Wilmore.  President Obama's presentation was geared primarily for the audience in attendance, whereas, Larry Wilmore's was largely for the viewing audience.

      Wilmore, like his former boss, Jon Stewart, specializes in parodies of the media, which he did last night, in their presence.  It made them uncomfortable to the point of squirming when the mirror was held up to them--albeit a fun house mirror.

    The media enjoyed, of course, much more,  jokes that poked fun at the politicians. It is true that Wilmore personalized some, but they do revel in being considered media personalities masquerading, only occasionally as journalists.

       The joke about Morning Joe being Trump's family, whose centerpiece involved the gastrointestinal tract where they met Christie, was crass.  But, illustrative.

      My objection(s) were use of those truly off limit words at the end, and in references to Andrew Jackson.  Such references may be acceptable in more homogeneous settings, it did not work well here.  At all.

    A 5 to you for your.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by magster on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:06:40 AM EST
    creatively reducing the Morning Joe/Trump/Christie joke to medically correct and polite terms.

    Knowledge of anatomy (none / 0) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:41:30 AM EST
    came in handy, such as Larry Wilmore's admonishment, but understanding, of the media's treatment of Trump with "kid" gloves--a necessity, to accommodate Little Marco's observation of Trump's child-sized hands.  And, in response to Larry's acknowledgement of CNN's journalists in the audience--and Don Lemon is here too, got an inelegant digit response from Lemon.  Media can give, but can't take a "ribbing."  

    Don Lemon took it fine (none / 0) (#9)
    by Towanda on Sun May 01, 2016 at 01:56:37 PM EST
    as a friend, it turns out, of Wilmore.

    I thought Obama was great (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 11:27:36 AM EST
    I agree about Wilmore.  He wasn't the best host ever but not the worst.

    I just watched it.

    Interesting Trump chose not to attend.  I think it show just how much he hates being the butt of jokes.

    Also interesting Hillary did not attend.  Maybe she was given a text of the routine.

    Give Sanders credit for showing up.  For the early bird special correspondents dinner joke.


    On Obama (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 11:29:04 AM EST
    Any routine that includes at least one Game of Thrones joke works for me.

    Or perhaps Clinton and Trump (none / 0) (#7)
    by CoralGables on Sun May 01, 2016 at 12:33:39 PM EST
    were campaigning in Indiana.

    This. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Towanda on Sun May 01, 2016 at 01:59:40 PM EST
    And the Sanderses again jetted away on the eve of a primary.  Heck, take the jet to Vermont and find the tax returns.  (Of course, they could just retrieve them from TurboTax, wherever they are.)

    It must have tired him out, though -- since this morning, on Face the Nation, Sanders again called for Democrats to defeat Clinton.  In the general election.  (I think that, in the context, he misspoke and meant Trump.  But, cripes, he said it.)


    Personally speaking, I gave up ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 01, 2016 at 12:32:36 PM EST
    ... on the White House Correspondents Dinner ten years ago, when everyone there got their skivvies and panties knotted over the well-deserved and long-overdue skewering they received from Stephen Colbert, and they decided to get Rich Little the following year. It would be very hard to find a bigger conclave of self-anointed divas outside The Vatican, than the media elite of the Acela Corridor.

    Stephen Colbert's (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 01, 2016 at 12:56:48 PM EST
    presentation was critically received at the time.  Afterword, upon wide viewing, it became the classic that it is.

    Many of Larry Wilmore's jokes did not get the laughter they deserved by the audience, the target of much of the skewering. That, in turn, made the jokes fall flat.

    Jokes about politicians, however lame, got a greater laugh.  Politicians were expected to laugh along, or at least smile. It's a roast, after all.

    The media personalities just steamed.  Wolf Blitzer appeared so hot, even TV viewers could fell the burn.

    True, Wilmore is no Colbert, and he seemed a little off his customary good timing, but it would be a lot better for our democracy if these media meatheads would boo politicians who appear on their shows and say that they will carpet bomb Syria, ditch NATO, claim not to know who David Duke is, round up millions, build beautiful walls, and break up Wall Street into little pieces.  


    I found Wilmore's timing at fault, too (none / 0) (#11)
    by Towanda on Sun May 01, 2016 at 02:00:54 PM EST
    as I have in his Daily Show.

    That suggests that Jon Stewart had a team that gave Wilmore good coaching on timing.  He needs it.