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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301? 301!!!! I’m the most awesomest person alive!

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Wait, what? Why is this at the bottom of the page? Why is this at the bottom of the page?

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ah, that’s more like it.

Alright, everything’s under control people, you can all go back to work.

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Cool? If this guy wasn’t President and was the night manager at Popeye’s, he would be laughed out of south central LA.

Hummer53 on April 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

[W]ho dresses this woman?!!!! I was always taught to dress in something that was appropriate for my age and status, and that flattered my figure. She is the First Lady of the United States for heaven’s sake, I wish she would dress like it!!!

Susanboo on April 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM

She has horrible taste. Lots of examples (with excellent snark) provided at Michelle Obama’s Mirror.

Syzygy on April 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM

That site is great. I was going to say that in the picture I saw of MO at the dinner she looks like a tranny.

Night Owl on April 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM


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

The President of the United States making a joke about oral sex? Live, on camera?


I must have heard that wrong………

He has absolutely not class.

Tenwheeler on April 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Jimmy Kimmel & President Obama Flatline At White House Correspondents Dinner


DannoJyd on April 30, 2012 at 2:45 AM

after he finally released his birth certificate?

That Excel document someone in Chicago put together?

Moesart on April 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The quality is more like one of his kids, either Sushi or Malaria, did it on the their MacBook Jr. in about 20 minutes

beedubya on April 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Foul. If the mods are watching this thread, I’d say they should give your tenure here a hard look.

BTW- Yes, it’s a second-rate burglary forgery.

Flotsam Jetsome on April 30, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Well, to be fair nothing in the history of the universe will ever be as funny as Bush folks being so stupid as to book Colbert, not knowing who he was, so the dinner will always disappoint.

And then as a follow up, they exhumed Rich Little, the least funny corpse in the universe.

Hotair’s whiny crybabying is so predictable. Kimmel was pretty funny.

Dave Rywall on April 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Sign at door of event: “Beautiful Elitist Insider Intelligencia Only. Peasant taxpayers can eat cake.”

AttaBoyLuther on April 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

At the White House Getting Fluffed By Their Press Activitsts Event This Weekend, Barack Obama made the following statement as a DIRECT criticism of Sarah Palin – which NO ONE – even Drudge appropriately addressed the INAPPROPRIATENESS of:

“Do you know the difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull? Pit Bulls are delicious!”

WHY does Barack Obama get a “pass” on a public statement – poorly presented as a ‘jibe’ – in which Barack Obama CLAIMS to have both performed CUNNILINGUS on Sarah Palin AND eaten a Pit Bull (her moniker), and found the Pit Bull “better tasting”?

WHY aren’t we calling out these peoples innuendo and statements for WHAT THEY ARE and, instead – ALLOWING them to HIDE behind the drape of their hostility and innuendo?

williamg on April 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I generally like watching Kimmel’s show, and as for his not going after Obama at the dinner? He’s not stupid – who wants to face IRS audits for as long as Obama is in the WH?

Ward Cleaver on April 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM

democrats might be able to make a good argument that the GOP and Romney supporters in general will pick on the president over anything. While that might be true, you have to pick your battles, Dem’s, because the reverse is also true: You will defend anything he does, no matter what.

I think in this case, you’re better off just admitting to us and yourselves that yeah, this wasn’t a very good moment for the preezy. His “cool” is wearing a little thin. Maybe it’s time for Obama to bust out another pair of mom jeans? Either way…

The pit bull joke was more disturbing than it was funny. Seriously. A pit bull is delicious compared to a hockey mom? The inference is that you’ve eaten a hockey mom, idiot.

The smartest president ever has trouble playing that role more often than not.

Fish on April 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

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