Actor Joel McHale got some laughs at the president’s expense during Saturday night’s White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, which he hosted. But the president himself got in even more digs at his own expense when he took to the podium to poke fun at the media, celebrities and the much maligned rollout of HealthCare.gov in a joke-filled speech lasting more than 20 minutes.
"Of course, we rolled out HealthCare.gov," Obama said before adding drily, "That could have gone better."
"In 2008, my slogan was 'Yes we can.' In 2013, my slogan was control-alt-delete," he continued.
As CNN reports
, “A poster for Walt Disney's animated hit ‘Frozen’ flashed onto the large video screens in the ballroom, to which the president quipped that the launch of the online enrollment portal of Obamacare had been turned into one of the year's biggest movies.”
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McHale also took aim at the night’s easiest mark, Obamacare, saying, “The launch of HealthCare.gov was a disaster. It was so bad. I don't even have an analogy because the website is now the thing people use to describe other bad things. They say things like, 'I shouldn't have eaten that sushi, because I was up all night HealthCare.gov-ing.'"
According to CNN, Obama and McHale also “used fodder from current headlines for many of their best moments of the night,” including N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's bridge shutdown flap (said Obama, “Gridlock has gotten so bad in this town, you have to wonder: What'd we do to piss off Chris Christie so bad?”), plus shirtless photos of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and CNN’s intensive coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
As CNN reports, “Obama told the audience he was a little jet-lagged from his recent trip to Asia which included a stop in Malaysia. ‘The lengths we have to go to, to get CNN coverage these days,’ the President said, adding, ‘I think they're still searching for their table.’”
Taking aim at Fox News, Obama joked, “Let's face it, Fox. You'll miss me when I'm gone. It'll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya,” CNN reports.
Poking fun at House Speaker John Boehner’s much-mocked spray tan coloring, Obama said, “These days the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me -- which means orange really is the new black.”
The D.C. event drew Washington lawmakers, as well as journalists, actors, athletes and other famous faces.
Among the celebrities attending the dinner were actresses Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julianna Margulies, Sofia Vergara and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Stewart, Richard Marx, Tim Tebow, Katie Couric and “Scandal” stars Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley and Bellamy Young.