President Obama’s Remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner
Tonight, President Obama will be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner for the sixth time during his presidency.
Below are links to the transcripts of his remarks at the first five dinners. I think that they are of interest for several reasons.
First, he does this sort of thing better than any president—if not in history, then in living memory. Commentators focus on how difficult it is for the featured comedians to strike the right balance between being respectful and being true to themselves, between avoiding egregiously cheap shots and being genuinely funny. But the president has an even more difficult task: he has to be funny while remaining presidential. His speechwriters can provide him with terrific material, but he has to be able to deliver it with an almost perfect pitch and tone.
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