Jimmy Kimmel’s Correspondents’ Dinner Speech Is Absolute GoldBy: Josh Wolford - April 30, 2012
On Saturday, distinguished members of the media, politicians, celebrities, and the first family gathered for one of the more interesting nights on the political calendar each year. The White House Correspondent’s Dinner has (traditionally) been held on the last Saturday in April since 1920, and fifteen different presidents have attended the dinner since its inception.
In recent years, the dinner has been “hosted” by a string of comedians. Last year, SNL’s Seth Meyers was the featured speaker and in years past we’ve been treated to the comedic stylings of Stephen Colbert, Wanda Sykes, and Craig Ferguson.
While Stephen Colbert’s roast of then-President Bush in 2006 is nearly unbeatable in terms of bringin’ the funny (and the controversy), Jimmy Kimmel absolutely killed it this year.
His monologue hit all the pressing issues – the recent Secret Service prostitution debacle, Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, New Jersey Governor Chris Christies weight, and even President Obama’s ears. And that’s just the first 10 minutes.
If you remember, last year’s Correspondents’ Dinner came at very interesting time in recent American history – the killing of Osama bin Laden. This year, Jimmy Kimmel wonders who it will be this year, and even imagines how Seal Team Six could infiltrate the home of a particular celebrity family.
Check it out below – it’s long, but well worth your time.
It’s also customary for the President to give their own speech, and they usually take the opportunity to take a few shots at the featured speaker. President Obama didn’t disappoint. Check it out below:
Like many Correspondents’ Dinners of the past, some of this year’s jokes sparked some controversy. What do you think? Was anything out of line? What were your favorite jokes from Kimmel and the President? Let us know in the comments.