The 8 Best Comedy Routines From Recent White House Correspondents' Dinners

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Kurtzman, Daniel. "The 8 Best Comedy Routines From Recent White House Correspondents' Dinners." ThoughtCo, Sep. 17, 2017, Kurtzman, Daniel. (2017, September 17). The 8 Best Comedy Routines From Recent White House Correspondents' Dinners. Retrieved from Kurtzman, Daniel. "The 8 Best Comedy Routines From Recent White House Correspondents' Dinners." ThoughtCo. (accessed October 23, 2017).
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Stephen Colbert Rips Bush to His Face in Epic Takedown

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In the ballsiest comic stunt ever pulled in Washington, Stephen Colbert delivered a searing roast of President Bush at the 2005 White House Correspondents' Dinner. With Bush sitting ten feet away, Colbert said, "I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things -- things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo-ops in the world."

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Seth Meyers Destroys Donald Trump

Seth Meyers Roasts Donald Trump at 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner

"Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers brought down the house at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner with a series of hilarious jokes poking fun at everyone from Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Donald Trump and the aspiring GOP presidential candidates. But it was Meyers's jabs at Trump -- who was in attendance -- that grabbed headlines. "Donald Trump has been saying he will run for President as a Republican, which is surprising since I just assumed he was running as a joke," Meyers quipped. "Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic because a Fox often appears on Donald Trump's head." Trump just sat there stone-faced as the crowd laughed.

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President Obama Reveals Birth Video, Mocks Donald Trump

President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner

Speaking at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner just days after releasing his long-form birth certificate, President Obama attempted to silence birthers once and for all by revealing his birth video, which happened to be the same clip from the opening of "The Lion King" movie. He also had some fun at the expense of Donald Trump. "I know he's taken flak lately but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said as Trump sat before him in the audience. "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?" Obama also attempted to start a birther issue of his own. "Michele Bachmann is here, though, I understand, and she is thinking about running for President, which is weird because I hear she was born in Canada. Yes, Michele, this is how it starts. Just letting you know."

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Bill Clinton's 'Final Days' Video

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Bill Clinton set the gold standard for presidential comedy with this spoof video, which he screened at the 2000 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Revealing how Clinton spent his final days in office, the video depicts a melancholy Clinton playing battleship with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, washing his limousine, and trading stocks online, among other amusing antics. Clinton's farewell speech was also full of memorable one-liners as he contemplated his future. Joking that he was more concerned with working on his resume than his memoirs, Clinton said, "Here's what I've got so far. Career objective: To stay President."

Watch Clinton's Final Days spoof video and his hilarious farewell speech.

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Bush Plays Straight Man To His Lookalike

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President Bush drew big laughs at the 2006 White House Correspondents' dinner when he took the stage alongside Bush impersonator Steve Bridges. The two performed an amusing comedy sketch featuring the private thoughts Bush was supposedly having as he addressed the crowd of political bigwigs, media heavies, and celebrity hangers-on. The joke was usually on Bush during his presidency, but Bush showed he could turn the tables with this clever routine.

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Obama Jabs Mitt Romney at 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

In the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama poked fun at himself and cracked jokes about everyone from Mitt Romney to the Secret Service at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner. "You can't have a beer with [Mitt Romney], because he doesn't drink," Obama said. "You can't have a cup of coffee with him, because he can't have caffeine. You can't even play Monopoly with him because he keeps trying to put the dog on the car."

Read highlights and watch the video of Obama's speech.

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Laura Bush Admits She's a 'Desperate Housewife'

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First Lady Laura Bush stole the show at the 2005 White House Correspondents' Dinner with a surprise comedy routine in which she ripped President Bush and admitted to being a "desperate housewife." Grabbing the microphone from her husband, the first lady brought the crowd of political heavyweights and Hollywood celebrities to its feet as she let loose a series of one-liners that included digs at her mother-in-law, tales of going to a male strip club, and a colorful allusion to the time George, um, gave a hand-job to a horse.

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Obama Pokes Fun at Washington Establishment in Comedic Debut

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President Obama poked fun at Republicans, his staff, and himself in his debut as comedian in chief at the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Obama on Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Mother's Day: "This is a tough holiday for Rahm. He's not used to saying the word 'day' after 'mother.'" On House Minority Leader John Boehner and his fake tan: "We have a lot in common: He is a person of color. Although not a color that appears in the natural world."

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