President Obama’s Awesomely ‘Dad’ Sense of Humor

Since he likes to poke fun at himself, we thought we could do a little poking, too.

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics president, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left.

Pete Souza/The White House

President Barack Obama will take on the role of stand-up comedian—delivering one-liners and performing sketches before a crowd of journalists, celebrities and politicians—during the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday. Since the president has to poke fun at himself, we wanted to poke a little fun at his awesomely “dad” sense of humor.

1. He introduced his official birth video at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

2. A smooth Barack showed off his dance moves on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

3. The veteran bedtime reader brought characters to life while reading Where the Wild Things Are at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

President Barack Obama reads Where the Wild Things Are to children attending the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 21, 2014.

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4. The basketball-fan-in-chief brought out the “Obama handshake” with Kevin Durant.


5. Spider-Man attacked the president.

President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets the son of a White House staffer in the outer Oval Office Oct. 26, 2012.

Pete Souza/The White House

6. Three snaps for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.


7. A closet crooner, he broke into song, specifically Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” during a fundraising event in New York.

8. Obi-Wan Obama fenced with a lightsaber on the South Lawn of the White House.

President Barack Obama attacks U.S. Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse with a lightsaber during an event on the South Lawn of the White House Sept. 16, 2009.

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9. The father of two applied his magic touch to crying babies.

10.  He is too cool for school, channeling his inner Jay Z and brushing his shoulders off.


11.  But he also has a country side, donning cowboy hats during outdoor rallies.

Then-Sen. Barack Obama wears a cowboy hat offered by a supporter after speaking at an outdoor rally in Austin, Texas, Feb. 23, 2007.

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12. He slow-jammed the news on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

13. The president takes presidential selfies.

Bill Nye, President Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson pose for a “presidential selfie,” Feb. 28, 2014.

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14. He took care of a pesky little fly during an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood.

15. He cracked jokes about spilled milk during his 2012 State of the Union address.

One for the road:


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