Obama Out-Cracks Jay Leno
'You wanna know what really tickles me? Eric Massa'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2010 6:49 AM CDT
First lady Michelle Obama attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Washington.    (J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Barack Obama offered a bit of wisdom to a ballroom filled with celebrities, political insiders, and journalists: There are a few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. "Well, love and a birth certificate," he quipped at last night's black-tie White House Correspondents' Association dinner. The president out-joked emcee Jay Leno, reports Politico, who generally played it safer than, say, Stephen Colbert.

The highlights:

  • The president then took aim at Leno, saying the talk-show host was "the only person whose ratings fell more than mine."
  • Obama hears he's popular on Twitter and Facebook. "Or as Sarah Palin calls it, the socialized media."
  • Leno later picked up on the same theme, saying the president isn't as aloof as critics claim. "He loves to socialize—health care, car companies."
  • "The Jonas Brothers are here!" said Obama. "Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys don't get any ideas. I have two words for you: Predator Drones. You'll never see it coming."
  • "I saw Michael Steele backstage…aka, Notorious GOP," said Obama. "Michael, who knows truly what's plagues Americans today: Taxation without representin'."
  • And finally: "You wanna know what really tickles me? Eric Massa.”

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May 3, 2010 5:37 PM CDT
Obama smokes ex-pro basketball player at HORSE then puts ex-pro comedian to shame. He bad!
May 3, 2010 3:30 PM CDT
Ugh. I mean Leno seems nice enough, but it's been 20 years since I laughed at a joke of his.
May 3, 2010 7:34 AM CDT
Ah, the Ugly Friend strategy. Brilliant.