​White House Obama Correspondents Dinner

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April 28, 2012

Several comedians will take a shot at President Obama Saturday night as the likelihood of topics will be the Secret Service and GSA at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But taking a look back at years past gives a quick reminder of what the hot issues and big targets of the moment were.

White House Correspondents Dinner

The Washington Post featured some of the past moments at the Correspondents’ Dinner:

2011: Seth Meyers hosted last year and was tough on the early GOP presidential primary field (especially Donald Trump). Osama bin Laden was still the butt of jokes; remember, it wasn’t until the next evening that it was revealed he’d been killed by SEAL Team Six agents in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Memorable joke: “The president and Joe Biden were not invited to the royal wedding, and when Biden found out he immediately said to the president: You, me, Wedding Crashers 2. I’ll book us two Amtrak tickets to London.”

That year, Obama introduced his “birth video” to quell doubt about his origins (in the form of a “Lion King” clip). He acknowledged the early glow of his presidency had faded, and like Meyers, was hard on Trump.

Memorable joke: “Yes, I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to my presidency, the honeymoon is over . . . [Some] say that I’m arrogant, but I’ve found a really great self-help tool for this: My poll numbers.”