President Barack Obama was a hit at last night’s White House Correspondents’ dinner as made his “debut as the nation’s Stand-Up-in-Chief.” Obama delivered plenty of zingers and no one, including himself, was “safe from his one-liners.”
“During the second 100 days, we will design, build and open a library dedicated to my first 100 days.”
And: “My next 100 days will be so successful, I will complete them in 72 days. And on the 73rd day, I will rest.”
First Lady Michelle Obama was in attendance “wearing a sleeveless fuchsia gown and a bold necklace.”
Her husband gibed that she was helping to bridge divides in the nation, including “the right to bare arms.”
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Plenty of celebrities turned out for the dinner including “Glenn Close; Robert De Niro; Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck; Natalie Portman; Stevie Wonder; Sting; Taye Diggs; John Cusack; Demi Moore; Alicia Keys; Brad Paisley; Eva Longoria Parker; Forest Whitaker; Jon Hamm; Chris “Ludacris” Bridges; young actors Miranda Cosgrove and Chace Crawford; and, for good measure, directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.”
In the ballroom, Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, obliged photo requests — even an unusual one from Bloomberg reporter Bill McQuillen, who wanted a picture of himself with Cruise’s wife. “You want me to take the picture?” asked Cruise, who then complied.
The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Wanda Sykes, an actress and comedian who grew up locally and got her start doing stand-up while moonlighting from her day job as a procurement officer at the National Security Agency.
“It’s funny to me that [photographers] have never caught you smoking,” Sykes told the president, “but they always catch you with your shirt off. I know you’re into this transparency thing, but I don’t need to see your nipples.”
Obama told the crowd:
“I must confess I really didn’t want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That’s one more problem I inherited from George Bush.” The crowd roared.
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