Funny at White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but not in real life for people affected
Saturday evening’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was complete with jokes from speakers about both Democrats and Republicans, as well as some jabs at the media. (Not surprisingly, some of those aimed at Republicans were typically more tasteless than others).
But the event had its share of attempts at self-deprecating humor as well.
“After my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?” President Obama quipped at the start of his own remarks.
The president made a few references to the abysmal rollout of healthcare.gov.
“Of course, we rolled out healthcare.gov. That could have gone better. In 2008 my slogan was, ‘Yes We Can.’ In 2013 my slogan was, ‘Control-Alt-Delete.’ On the plus side, they did turn the launch of healthcare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies,” Obama joked.
The healthcare.gov rollout debacle was again highlighted in the last moments of the president’s remarks when recently resigned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made an appearance.
Obama acted as though he was having some technical difficulties with a video and asked, “Does anybody know how to fix this?”
Out stepped Sebelius, who took to the podium to “assist” and said, “I got this, I see it all the time,” as the crowd laughed.
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