2011 Correspondents’ Dinner

It’s always nice to see the President of the United States engaged in an event where the threat of bombing just refers to the possibility there may be some awkward moments of silence after having inadvertently hit the wrong comic note…

Anyway, it was another fairly deft performance at this year’s WHCA Dinner (aka the “nerd prom”) by Obama and his able team of writers.

While not nearly as brilliantly trenchant as it could have been – Stephen Colbert having set the bar almost impossibly high in that regard years ago when ironically fawning over Bush and mercilessly skewering the press with his withering sarcasm – Seth Myers competently delivered a pretty funny routine with some good lines.

Hats off, by the way, to the C-SPAN crew for cutting away from the stage and continually training their camera on Donald Trump – who was, understandably, the butt of a great many jokes at the event. Those repeated profile shots of him with a resolutely grim demeanour and the “fox on his head” were quite amusing counterpoints to the punchlines.

Just Crazy Enough to Make Sense?

I’m not sure if there’s an actual movement of any kind to dump Joe Biden in favour of Hillary Clinton, but it’s maybe something worth considering even though there would be an obvious backlash from the Republicans. But then who really cares? It’s not as if they aren’t already doing everything possible to absolutely destroy the man.

Obama-Biden on 60 Minutes

In case you missed the broadcast last night, here’s the interview by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes with the two men running at the top of the Democratic ticket. There seems to be a palpable comfort level between them on a personal level which is reassuring even though they may not see eye-to-eye on all the issues, but then my read of it could be biased. Undecided voters and intractable critics may well see things in the piece that are simply lost on me.

This part made me chuckle:

You went and sipped beer, which I know you don’t particularly like — I mean you even…,” Kroft remarked.

“Steve, I had a beer last night. I mean, where do these stories come from, man?” Obama asked.

“I’m the one… [that] doesn’t drink,” Biden pointed out.

“Where does the story come from that… I don’t like beer? …C’mon, man,” Obama said.

Good on Obama for nipping that one in the bud, so to speak.