Obama: ‘I’m Not The Strapping Young Muslim Socialist That I Used To Be’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama brought his sense of humor to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, with most of his barbs directed at himself.
The president did, however, crack wise about the headlining news stories, rumors and harsh criticism that have followed him since his 2008 Presidential campaign.
At one point in his speech, Obama made mention of recent controversy surrounding a broadcast of the History Channel’s “The Bible,” which was shown on the station during Holy Week leading up to Easter earlier this year.
Several organizations and commentators noted a resemblance between Obama and the actor chosen to portray the devil when the presentation was airing.
“[Fox News] actually thought the comparison was not fair — to Satan,” he noted with a smile.
The POTUS also made light of reported incidents of marijuana smoking earlier on in his lifetime.
He joked, while discussing the changing landscape of news media, “BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 a.m.”
And while making a joke about visible signs of his age, he poked fun not only at his appearance, but at various accusations levied at the president regarding his political and religious beliefs.
“I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be,” he said, before the audience burst into laughter.
Obama ended on a somber note however, taking time to mention bombing of the Boston Marathon, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and recent flooding in the Midwest. He commended those who helped in those times of need, including first responders and volunteers.
He also complimented journalists who properly and thoroughly reported on breaking news elements of recent tragedies as they unfolded.
“That’s what great journalism is, and that’s what great journalists do,” he said.
The White House Correspondents’ Association hosts the Correspondents’ Dinner every year. This year’s event, held Saturday, was hosted by Emmy-award winning late night talk show personality Conan O’Brien.
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