Washington's Silly Season

Comedy Highlights from the Beltway's Annual Press Dinners

Read accounts and watch video highlights from Washington's annual comedy press dinners, including the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner, and the Gridiron Dinner.
From the 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. More »
From the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Speaking just days after releasing his long-form birth certificate, President Obama's had some fun at the expense of one of his most vocal critics: 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?" More »
From the 2010 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Obama and Jay Leno jockey for laughs at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in a battle of comedic talents that left Leno looking like an amateur hack. More »
From the 2010 Gridiron Dinner - Former President Bill Clinton rocked the house at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, where he filled in for President Obama as the comedy headliner. "I've been wanting to stand in for President Obama for a long time," Clinton said, "and since they turned me down for 'Dancing with the Stars, I had nothing better to do." More »
From the 2010 Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner - Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to perform the president's comedic duties at the annual Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner. With President Obama busy hosting a St. Patrick's Day party at the White House, Biden cracked jokes about everyone from Sarah Palin to FOX News, and even threw in a dig at Tiger Woods. More »
From the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Obama poked fun at himself and the Washington establishment in one of the edgiest comic performances a president has ever given at the annual White House Corespondents' Dinner. More »
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Wanda Sykes' Limbaugh Joke Stirs Controversy

From the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Comedian Wanda Sykes' controversial joke likening Rush Limbaugh to a 9/11 hijacker has sparked predictable outrage from Republicans and cheers from Democrats, while the White House distanced Obama from her remark.
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Biden Lampoons Obama at Gridiron Dinner

From the 2009 Gridiron Dinner - Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to perform the president's duties at the Gridiron Club dinner, and used the opportunity to poke fun at his boss.
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Bush Mocks Candidates, Plays Conductor at Press Dinner

From the 2008 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Bush poked fun at his would-be successors during his final appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He also fulfilled his dream of conducting the U.S. Marine Band.
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Dick Cheney, Dark Lord of Comedy

From the 2008 Radio & TV Corespondents' Dinner - Dick Cheney fired off a barrage of jokes about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the hubbub over the "naked woman" reflection in his sunglasses, and his resemblance to Darth Vader.
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Bush Sings Farewell Song at Gridiron Roast

From the 2008 Gridiron Dinner - President Bush surprised guests at the annual Gridiron roast when he appeared on stage wearing a cowboy hat and gave the first public singing performance of his presidency.
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Karl Rove Raps, Bush Plays Comedian at Press Gala

From the 2007 Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner - Karl Rove brought down the house as he rapped and danced around on stage, while President Bush cracked jokes about his low approval ratings.
From the 2007 Gridiron Dinner - Vice President Dick Cheney filled in for President Bush, whom he said couldn't make it due to another obligation: his book club was meeting. More »
From the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner - In one of the ballsiest comic stunts ever pulled in Washington, comedian Stephen Colbert delivered a blistering "tribute" to President Bush at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. It was so edgy and uncomfortable that it was almost too hard to watch, as a cold-faced and stunned Bush sat just a few feet away with the look of someone who had just been ambushed. More »
From the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Bush drew big laughs at the White House Correspondents' dinner when he took the stage alongside Bush impersonator Steve Bridges. More »
From the 2006 Gridiron Dinner - After comedians everywhere began mercilessly ridiculing Dick Cheney for shooting a man in the face, President Bush decided to pile on as well. More »
Laura Bush's Comedy Routine
Laura Bush grabs the microphone away from President Bush at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
From the 2005 White House Correspondents' Dinner - First lady Laura Bush stole the show with a surprise comedy routine in which she ripped President Bush and admitted to being a "desperate housewife." More »
From the 2005 Gridiron Dinner - President Bush declares that it's time to fix Social Security -- or Donald Rumsfeld may never retire. More »
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Bush Jokes About Lack of WMDs In Iraq

From the 2004 Radio & TV Correspondents' dinner - In a bizarre comic display, President Bush poked fun at his failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
From the 2004 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Bush bragged about what he's done for the book publishing industry, touting such books as "Big Lies," "The Lies of George W. Bush," and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." More »
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Bush Trades Jokes With Ozzy Osbourne, Exposes Cheney Peeing

From the 2002 White House Correspondents' Dinner - President Bush poked fun at heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and offered a comical look inside the West Wing, showing "actual never-seen-before-photos" of Hillary Clinton clad in a burqa and Dick Cheney urinating on the door of the Oval Office.
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Bush Kills on Political Comedy Circuit

From the 2001 Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner - Making his debut as a stand-up comic, President Bush let loose with a bit of self-deprecating humor, showing he can beat his critics to the punch line.
From the 2000 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Bill Clinton said that he's more concerned with working on his resume than his memoirs. "Here's what I've got so far. Career objective: To stay President." More »
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Bill Clinton's 'Final Days' Spoof Video

Clinton Final Days
From the 2000 White House Correspondents' Dinner - In a comedic coda to the Clinton presidency, a film crew documented how he spent his final days in office.