President Barack Obama hammered failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his infamous comment about poor Americans and the “47 percent” during the campaign trail. On Saturday, the president turned the remark against himself during his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C.
“I usually start these dinners with a few self-deprecating jokes, but after my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?” he said. “At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize.”
And so it went. No topic was sacred at the 100th anniversary celebration dinner at the Hilton in Washington, D.C., including the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Republican Party and the media. Comedian and actor Joel McHale of NBC’s Community served as host.
Obama, who spoke for 20 minutes, said HealthCare.gov “could’ve gone better,” but said that it instead turned into one of the year’s biggest movies, before switching to a title screen for the film Frozen.
Kathleen Sebelius, the former Health and human Service Secretary, appeared at the end of his remarks to repair a technical glitch on a video he wanted to play for the audience.
He did not pull punches in his comments about the media.
“Let’s face it Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone,” he joked. “It’ll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
Watch the video here: