Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
WASHINGTON (AP) — Little was sacred when President Barack Obama handed out playful but pointed jabs before a hotel ballroom full of politicians, journalists and media celebrities on Saturday night — not even his own health care plan.
The annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has become a tradition in the nation’s capital, promising a black-tie evening of celebrity gazing and humor — much of it from the president himself.
In a crack about the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov website, Obama said: “In 2008 my slogan was ‘Yes we can.’ In 2013 my slogan was ‘Control-alt-delete.’”
Obama said that the health care website launch became one of the year’s biggest movies. On a video screen flashed the poster for the movie “Frozen.”
Here’s a short clip of several of Obama’s remarks:
The correspondents’ dinner has often come at key moments of Obama’s presidency. In 2011, Obama showed up the day before special operations troops killed Osama bin Laden. Last year’s dinner came nearly two weeks after the deadly Boston Marathon.
This time, the U.S. and Europe are anxiously watching Ukraine and Russia’s role in the turbulence in the eastern region of the former Soviet state. (Yes, he joked about Vladimir Putin.)
The featured entertainer was comic actor Joel McHale, star of the NBC series “Community.”
The correspondents’ association, which represents the White House press corps, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Here’s Obama’s entire speech: