Obama Uses Health Law As Laugh Line
President Barack Obama poked fun at the troubled launch of the health law's online insurance marketplaces during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
The New York Times: Comedian In Chief’s New Punch Line: Obamacare
Five and a half years into President Obama’s time in office, the jokes are getting a bit stale: Fox News is a “shadowy right-wing organization.” The 47 percent “called Mitt Romney to apologize.” The whole “Kenyan president” bit. Thank goodness for healthcare.gov. Mr. Obama started his annual remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday night with the recognition that the rollout of his health care website could have gone better (Shear, 5/3).
The Wall Street Journal: Obama Cracks Jokes At White House Correspondents Dinner
Mr. Obama brought his “A” game to Saturday’s dinner. In his remarks, Mr. Obama joked about the launch of healthcare.gov, saying “it could have gone better“ and saying a theme of his presidency was ”control alt delete.” (Williamson, 5/3).
Politico: Obama Jokes ‘Stellar 2013’ At White House Correspondents' Dinner
Taking the stage, Obama deadpanned that while the launch of healthcare.gov “could’ve gone better,” it was made into one of the year’s biggest movies -- before showing a title screen for the film “Frozen.” At the end of his 20-minute remarks to the crowd of 2,600 in the Hilton ballroom, Obama even brought out former Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “fix” a technical problem that he was supposedly having with a video the president pretended he wanted to play (McCalmont, 5/3).
Los Angeles Times: Obama Slings Jokes, Jabs At White House Correspondents' Dinner
Joel McHale, who stars on NBC's “Community” and hosts “The Soup,” followed Obama with his own roast of the president, 2016 hopefuls and gridlock in Washington. ... McHale's best jokes: ... On Obamacare: “Over 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, which is impressive, until you realize that Ashley Tisdale has 12 million Twitter followers” (Rothberg, 5/4).