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Monday, April 30,2012

Obama Jabs Romney at “Nerd Prom”

No one was safe from President Obama’s jokes Saturday night, when, at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, he made fun of the presumptive Republican nominee, lawmakers, the secret service, and journalists, to name a few. More than 2,000 politicians, journalists, celebrities, and others who managed to score an invite laughed as the president-turned-comedian offered a wry take on the news. The verdict? Many think he was funnier than Jimmy Kimmel, the real comedian who closed the night and, says the Orlando Sentinel, maybe stayed a tad too long at the podium.

Overall though Obama “held true to the rule that the talent … is supposed to ‘singe not burn’ the opposition,” points out Politico’s Patrick Gavin. At several points of the night, it sounded as if Obama was delivering “a more pointed version of his campaign speeches,” notes the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom,” Obama said, “or what Mitt Romney would call ‘a little fixer-upper.’%u200A” The president also said: “We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one, he has two. What a snob.” That remark got him a thumbs up from Rick Santorum, who had implied that Obama was a snob for encouraging kids to go to college, points out the Associated Press.


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