Open thread: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

posted at 6:01 pm on April 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

In lieu of a Quotes of the Day, your obligatory open thread for political media’s favorite annual freak show. A partial guest list: George Clooney, Allen West, Steven Spielberg, Eric Holder, Kate Upton, David Petraeus, Kim Kardashian, Ray Odierno, Lindsay Lohan, Leon Panetta, Meghan McCain, Rand Paul, Sandra Fluke (the last two at the same table), “Uggie” from “The Artist,” and more. Also attending is Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, who’s surely the only baseball fan in America watching this dreck tonight instead of Bryce Harper’s debut in L.A.

The keynoter is Jimmy Kimmel. Time for a searing Colbertian roast of O’s many first-term disappointments? All signs point to no:

* On presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: “Mitt Romney looks like a Sears catalog model.”

* On former candidate Rick Santorum: “I am fascinated by Rick Santorum … and the array of things he’s fighting for. Why bring pornography into it? What does that have to do with running for the White House? You are losing the male vote basically by going against pornography.”…

* On President Barack Obama: “If I was filling out a bracket, my bet would be that he would win.”…

“It’s hard to make fun of Obama in general because he’s a cool character,” Kimmel said. “Outside of his ears, there’s not a whole lot.”

So, yeah, it’s going to be that kind of night. Should be plenty of Mitt Romney and “war on women” material, though, and with Fluke in the audience, the Rush Limbaugh gags are a fait accompli. Dare we hope for a “Seamus on the car roof” joke or two? This is why it’s important to watch, my friends. Unless you’re a baseball fan.

In fairness to O, his own routines at these things are usually solid. C-SPAN’s coverage begins at 6:30 ET with the red carpet, if you can believe it, and then the show will start rolling at around 9. (It’ll livestream online as well.) Here’s your thread for snarking. If you’re going to watch, I recommend following Twitter’s “WHCD” and “nerdprom” hashtags too, as the blend of live tweets from people who are there and envy/irritation from politicos who aren’t is usually more entertaining than the dinner itself. In fact, as of eight hours before the speeches are set to begin, the Lohan-tweeting was already in fine form.


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Jimmy Johnson is making his way to the front.

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Do NOT pull his finger!

MikeA on April 28, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Watch them eat lobster and beef from Japan…

… while you choke down your grewl and moldy bread.

Oh, and you’re paying for it…

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

If it makes you feel better, they are drinking Estancia Wines with dinner. Two buck chuck has more prestige.

bettycooper on April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Jimmy Johnson is making his way to the front.

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Only 1/4 into the race ;)

Though I know its a long shot for Martin #55 =/

Ugly on April 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Hope someone roasts BO. No, I mean really roasts him.

msupertas on April 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

That is a horrible thing to say about poor BO, especially given the fact that our president very well might roast him one of these days.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Haha, Kurt Busch

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Martin back into the top ten

Ugly on April 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Reggie Love will be Barry’s desert. On the down low dontchya know.

BHO Jonestown on April 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Rand Paul and Sandra Fluke at the same table?

At least he can give her some medical guidance such as letting that field fallow for a while and here’s something for the rash and uh, ‘scuse me for not shaking hands.

viking01 on April 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Remember the good old days..

when these things were to actually roast the president, and not the folks on his enemies list?…

Used to be that journalists were horrified at the thought a sitting president was so paranoid he kept a list of enemies to punish.. Now, they practically cheer him on..

A great many good people will breath a sigh of relief when Obama is well away from power.

mark81150 on April 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Rand Paul and Sandra Fluke at the same table?

At least he can give her some medical guidance such as letting that field fallow for a while and here’s something for the rash and uh, ‘scuse me for not shaking hands.

viking01 on April 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I think you’ve figured it out. They can talk about all the various STD treatments they’ve tried. Two experts.

RBMN on April 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I think you’ve figured it out. They can talk about all the various STD treatments they’ve tried. Two experts.

RBMN on April 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM

If you have an STD in your eyes you’re doing it wrong.

RickB on April 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Two buck chuck has more prestige.

bettycooper on April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

They make an amazing Shiraz…

… and the price hasn’t changed.

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Wow, it’s quiet in here.

Yeah… Too quiet…

Is this the part where one of the trolls comes out of the shadows and kills me with a chainsaw? I better get out of here – wait, I’ve got a better idea – I’ll run upstairs. What could go wrong?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

They make an amazing Shiraz…

… and the price hasn’t changed.

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Jimmy Johnson is making his way to the front.

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM


Come on “5 Time”…!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh, thank God, it’s just you.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh, thank God, it’s just you.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

;)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Is the Secret Service hosting an After-Dinner-Party up on the seventh floor?

Curtiss on April 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Nice restart!!

Ugly on April 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

So AP isn’t going to give us updates?

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Photo:

Rick Santorum at White House Correspondents Dinner

– via @phoebedorisStory
Submitted 2 mins ago from instagr.am

http://instagr.am/p/J-tRwsgo13/

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

With any luck, Jug Ears and Lard Butt will be watching next year’s from Chicago.

Dingbat63 on April 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

edhenryTV tweeted:
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Photo:
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President Obama arrives at White House Correspondents Dinner

#WHCD @nerdprom – via edhenrytvStory
Submitted 1 hour ago from twitter.com/edhenryTV

http://twitter.com/#!/edhenryTV/status/196395329413844992

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

;)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

You shouldn’t sneak up on people like that. I thought lib4life had come back to get her revenge on the Hot-air commentariat, and to remind us how the supreme court is really the reactionary rethuglican activist court.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I’d rather poke around and sift thru vomit, to figure out what it was I ate…than watch the 1%’s hurling chunks on TV!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Eewwee. That is some vivid imagery friend. I think we got your point!

jazzuscounty on April 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Instagram Photos from White House Correspondents’ Dinner
********************************************************

We set our reporters and staff out to snap pics using the artsy app.
====

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/slideshow/instagram-photos-white-house-correspondents-dinner-16231421

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

What ever you do…

… DON’T turn around!!!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Image of FLOTUS!!

Picture of @MichelleObama at the 2012 WHCD. Gorgeous! #NerdProm http://pic.twitter.com/A3WgC9J2

Retweeted by Lynda Woolard

https://twitter.com/#!/lyndawoolard/status/196410443965808640

From ABC News!

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Remember people…

… these are journalists with fairness and objectivity.

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

meh. I much preferred W telling Billionaire Ozzy that mum loves his tunage. THAT was cool. …. and yeah, I threw in “Billionaire” on purpose to make you think.

maineconservative on April 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Oh no, one of them’s behind me? Maybe if I don’t move it won’t notice me. Yes, that’s it. I just have to remain perfectly still. Some them aren’t too bright. I’m not sure whether or not L4L or 0DS had depth perception or object permanence or any of those kinds rudimentary cognitive abilities. So maybe it can’t see us if we don’t move.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It’s Jimmie Johnson. Jimmy Johnson is the former Cowboys coach and current Fox analyst for the NFL.

Anyway…. with 284 to go, the top 8 need to wreck out, and let the current 9th place driver win. Go Jr.!

cebj25 on April 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Photo:(I think its Rubio and FLOTUS)
***********************************

Michelle Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner #whcd

#nerdprom – via @lynnsweetStory
Submitted 4 mins ago from twitpic.com

http://twitpic.com/9ez4va

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Ugh, make that on lap 284 out of 400, not 284 to go. D’oh!

cebj25 on April 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

So AP isn’t going to give us updates?

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

That’s too bad, I can’t watch it where I am. Dare I ask anyone who’s watching if anything interesting is happening? Or am I better off not knowing?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I knew it…

… the killing.

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Or am I better off not knowing?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Probably. Obama is speaking now. Imagine the worst and you’ll be safe.

Curtiss on April 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Classless piece of sh%t…!

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

They love Obama there. Everything he says gets a laugh. Maybe they’re all drunk.

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Close up of Moochelle. I’ll bet “old blue eyes” would have said: she sure ain’t no Lola Falana baby.

50sGuy on April 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

The keynoter is Jimmy Kimmel. Time for a searing Colbertian roast of O’s many first-term disappointments? All signs point to no

Interviewed before the roast, Kimmel said it was hard to make fun of Obama, because unlike Clinton or Bush, he’s not a caricature. (In other words, he’s just SOOOOO cool) Kimmel gave the example, you give him a basketball, and he shoots it and makes it. No humor.

He just said “What’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? A pit bull is delicious … with a little soy sauce”. His only comment that didn’t get a laugh.

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Obama:

What’s the difference between a hockey-mom and a pit bull?

A pit bull is delicious.

Ba da bing. He’ll be here all week.

Curtiss on April 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

canopfor on April 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I think I looked at 90% of those pictures and said, “Who?”.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

He’s really whistling his S’s in the second half.

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Did Obama get his doggy bag yet?

rubberneck on April 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

The guy is a real celebrity. His delivery is terrific. Palin swipe was hard to figure. A reference to Secret Service guy?

Nexialist on April 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Funny… he didn’t mention the great loss of Andrew Breitbart…

woohoo on April 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Will…not…watch…

lovingmyUSA on April 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The guy is a real celebrity. His delivery is terrific. Palin swipe was hard to figure. A reference to Secret Service guy?

Nexialist on April 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Not hard to figure at all….

She’s continues to a pain in his skinny a**.

idesign on April 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Kimmel is actually being surprisingly harsh towards Obama, even doing a Fast&Furious joke.

vegconservative on April 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Watch them eat lobster and beef from Japan… Indonesia… while you choke down your grewl and moldy bread.

Oh, and you’re paying for it…

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

FIFY

redridinghood on April 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

If the punchline weren’t the sad state of things, we might actually find the joke in the WH a bit funny.

Ukiah on April 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

No jokes about approaching +$16 Trillion dollars in debt and Obowma’a contribution to that and the effects on those that will have to pay it back…?

… Come on, that would bring down the house!

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM

He just said “What’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? A pit bull is delicious … with a little soy sauce”. His only comment that didn’t get a laugh.

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Wait seriously? No one laughed at that? Are there other dog jokes? Are they at least laughing at some of them?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Kimmel just can’t hide his partisanship.

Nexialist on April 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Wait seriously? No one laughed at that? Are there other dog jokes? Are they at least laughing at some of them?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Lots of dog jokes. Even a video on Obama, Romney and dogs.

Obama has embraced eating dogs.

Curtiss on April 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I just saw Jay Carney not lying…

d1carter on April 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Remember when W did his whole “finding the wmds” slideshow.. W looking under the table.. behind his desk.. etc.

yeah, that was funny because american soldiers died doing it for real in iraq. But it was a good joke!

Solid, just solid.

triple on April 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Lots of dog jokes. Even a video on Obama, Romney and dogs.

Oh OK. That’s reassuring. For some reason I was imagining a bunch of other jokes about other things, then someone tells a dog joke and everything goes quiet.

Very well, everything seems to be in order. You may all continue with the discussion.

Obama has embraced eating dogs.

Curtiss on April 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Yes, we knew that already:)

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

xMT @KeithOlbermann: Funny that Jimmy Kimmel ripped me after his people desperately wanted me to fly to LA to be on his show this past Wed

Olbermann just can’t take a joke. The guy is so shrill and pathetic. He’ll never get another job.

rubberneck on April 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Barry was actually better than Kimmel because he had a tighter set of lines. Kimmel always beat the joke dead with a follow-up. Totally unfocused, no segues or call-backs. Just random one-liners.

Kimmel needs someone to play off of. He should have brought Carolla.

budfox on April 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Kimmel just can’t hide his partisanship.

Nexialist on April 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

As would be expected, right? No surprise that it showed. Overall, I thought many of his jokes were funny. Best for me were those about the media that THEY didn’t laugh at. The groans of disapproval and the awkward silences were delicious.

Red State State of Mind on April 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I thought Kimmel was pretty biting against Obama and the Left…especially the LW Media……”MSNBC is to the left of Hugo Chavez”

AYNBLAND on April 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Remember when W did his whole “finding the wmds” slideshow.. W looking under the table.. behind his desk.. etc.

yeah, that was funny because american soldiers died doing it for real in iraq. But it was a good joke!

Solid, just solid.

triple on April 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

One of the things I always like about you leftists is your sense of proportion and perspective. Sure, some people might think being pissed off over a joke someone told 8 years ago that was obviously intended to be self-deprecating is a bit obsessive and unhealthy, but what do they know, right?

Here’s an idea. You guys should run against Bush in the elction. That worked out great for you in 2010, didn’t it? What could go wrong?

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I just saw Jay Carney not lying…

d1carter on April 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Liar.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

A bunch of guilt ridden “Chris Matthews” types licking this guys shoes. Why? Because his father was Kenyan?
No thanks.

Hummer53 on April 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

No, no…he wasn’t talking…just walking out of the room..LOL

d1carter on April 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

No, no…he wasn’t talking…just walking out of the room..LOL

d1carter on April 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Well, ok… But I bet he was thinking about lying.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Watch them eat lobster and beef from Japan… Indonesia… while you choke down your grewl and moldy bread.

Oh, and you’re paying for it…

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

FIFY

redridinghood on April 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

What makes you think it was beef?

Gladtobehere on April 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I just got a newfound respect for Jake Tapper. The jokes he “wrote” were my favorites.

vegconservative on April 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Where did everyone go?

Barred on April 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Are we going to have to borrow this thread as a QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Where did everyone go?

Barred on April 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Boo!

Scared ya, didn’t I? Don’t worry, it’s just me. You should have seen the look on your face, though.

I don’t think anyone else is in here. Uh oh, now I’m getting nervous. Maybe we should go find some other people. This place gets creepy when there’s no one else around – some people say that that’s when the ghosts of trolls that have been banned come out. I thought lib4life was stalking me earlier, and I’m still not totally convinced she wasn’t.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Are we going to have to borrow this thread as a QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Ghaa! It happened again. Although this time I deserved it, cause I was sneaking up on someone else.

As to your question, there’s no one around. I’m sure no one will mind if you set up shop here, but be warned: I’m pretty sure this place is haunted by the spirits of banned trolls.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

“In lieu of a Quote of the Day Thread”….Allah has a busy night with his cats.

Barred on April 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Are we going to have to borrow this thread as a QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Yes. AP said it was “in lieu of a QOTD.”

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Yes. AP said it was “in lieu of a QOTD.”

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Oh, didn’t notice that. Afraid I have to go, though. Goodnight everyone.

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

RINO in Name Only on April 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

had me going there for a moment. Was feeling like Bmore when he was trying to set a record.

Barred on April 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Night, RINO

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Good deal..But we are going to have to break out the music videos early..This is one that Obie should dedicate this one to MO..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Good deal..But we are going to have to break out the music videos early..This is one that Obie should dedicate to MO..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Haha. Good one.

I have a small bladder (I know, too much information!), so my ex would always sing “My girl has to potty all the time, potty all the time…”

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM

DIRE:

This one goes out to the cool Preezy from the national press.

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I know the feeling..Beer has that effect also..:)

PS..Now on too more serious stuff..This is very good IMHO..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Everything is a joke to Obama…..what a joke he is….

driguana on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

LOVE Steve Winwood!

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Everything is a joke to Obama…..what a joke he is….

driguana on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

True. And sadly, the joke is on us.

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

driguana on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Maybe this will help..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Thanks to FOX for the link to this…

http://youtu.be/x2UGvSGR3TU

Lourdes on April 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

I was listening to this one today.

P.S. Did you see my song at 11:55?

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Maybe this will help..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

One of the best voices. Ever.

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM

This a fav of mine..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Lourdes on April 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

LoLz..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Thumbs up to both..:)

PS..Both thumbs!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Back to Steve W. Makes me want to dance and sing along. :)

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

@ Dire Straits @ 4Grace

Steve Winwood was so hot. Seriously. Love him.

http://youtu.be/cbKNICg-REA

Lourdes on April 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

http://youtu.be/77l80WsqfVE

Lourdes on April 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM

This a fav of mine..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Nice. Haven’t played that one in a long time.

4Grace on April 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM

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