The annual dinner has been a Washington tradition since 1920 and usually sees the President get spoofed by a comedian.
What added a little spice this year was that reality TV star Donald Trump was in the audience and Obama decided to have a little fun with the current outbreak of birther nonsense that has gripped parts of the US.
The White House even prepared a self-deprecating trailer for the event, using outtakes from Obama’s video addresses and Joe Biden’s gaffes:
Full video of the dinner can be seen here:
Some highlights included Obama doing the following:
- Showing footage from The Lion King (1994) as his ‘birth video’ and explaining to the Fox News table that this was a joke.
- Replying to Matt Damon’s disappointment in his presidency (“Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so…right back atcha, buddy.”)
- On Michelle Bachman’s possible run for president in 2012 (“I hear she was born in Canada. Yes Michelle, this is how it starts.”)
Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers continued Obama’s jokes.
Check out his full speech here:
“Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising, I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
Trump seemed less than amused.