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.
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.”