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the tables are set. the jokes are written. and the red carpet is buzzing. i'm poppy harlow. stick with us for d.c.'s most glamorous night of the year. tonight hollywood's hottest celebrities are sharing the spotlight with washington, d.c.'s biggest star. >> hello, mr. president. >> we're giving you a vip invitation to the most exclusive party of the year in the nation's capital. >> so you're partying. i was impressed. >> join a-list celebrities and hollywood stars as they wine and dine with america's power players. >> it's sort of the clash of
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hollywood and politics. what am i going to regret i said tomorrow morning? >> it's a nice of all-out glamour and lots of laughs with snl's cecily strong headlining the night. >> it's sort of known as a tough room. >> but the best punch lines may come from the president as he pokes fun at the top names. >> the house of republicans actually gives john boehner a harder time than they give me. which means orange really is the new black. >> now the red carpet is out for a star-studded celebration. this is cnn's coverage of the white house correspondents' dinner. hi, everyone. welcome to the program. it is saturday night, and it's going to be a great saturday night for us as we cover the white house correspondents'
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dinner. you could say the center of power in washington is the white house on most days but right now the concentration of political power and celebrity power is at the washington hilton. politicians, stars all taking their turn on the red carpet to unwind and to be entertained by, who else, the president himself. good evening, so glad you're with us. i'm poppy harlow. welcome to cnn's special coverage of the annual white house correspondents' dinner. with me this evening, i've got quite the group, dl huguely, cnn commentator tara set nair, former george w. bush speech writer, reporter patrick gavin who recently spent a year looking at this iconic event, all gt, the bad and ugly of it. and he has just released a documentary called "nerd prom s. oops inside washington's wildest week." also with me my good friend and cnn money tech correspondent lori siegel. she'll be looking at the social
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media component of all of this throughout the evening. tonight you'll see some of the funniest kmecomedians doing the best political comedy. you'll hear some of the best jokes bar none from presidents past and present, also you'll hear the jokes that fell pretty flat. but this hour it is all about the glam so let's get right down to the glamorous brianna keilar, my good friend who joins us on the red carpet. you could not look more stunning, and you definitely have the better gig. you are on the red carpet. >> this is insane here, poppy. covering the red carpet at the white house correspondents' dinner, arguably the biggest night in washington, maybe second to an inauguration, but that happens only once every four years. just look around me. this place is teeming with celebrities, their entourages, a lot of politicos, politicians. this is the night when washington collides with hollywood. and i did catch up with one of the biggest stars at cnn, the
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new face of cnn sunday and "state of the union," our sunday program, jake tapper. >> yes, yes. >> and your beautiful wife. >> most importantly. >> happily, yes. >> this is the last saturday night we'll have because of the sunday show. >> he'll work seven days a week. how will that be? >> it's an exciting year. >> it's going to be i great time. >> who are you guys excited to see? >> this is really it. this is the one -- this is what this night is about, this one right here. >> so spending time with your wife for your last free saturday. and he brings you to the big shin dig in washington. but which celebrities do you want to see tonight? >> who's coming tonight? >> cecily strong. >> we saw her from afar last night, and we expect a lot of feminist, funny comedy coming from her. i hope she does it.
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>> this event lacks feminine comedy. >> we haven't had a lot of women comediennes. wanda sykes is all i can think of. >> that's right. that was several years ago. is that surprising to you? >> no. because a lot more male comedians than female, but it will be good to see what she does. taya kyle is here, chris kyle's widow. i interviewed her. i'm psyched to see her. >> bradley cooper also. >> i want to talk about the eagles. he's a fellow philadelphian. we have problems with our team. >> let's judge from last white house correspondents' dinner, who will be funnier, president obama or cecily strong? >> the president is almost always funnier than the comedian. there have been a few exceptions. i thought seth meyers was good, similary k jimmy kimmel was good. but for the most part the president gets the best jokes.
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he has more writers working for him to get the best jokes. >> which is amazing, right? >> so many comedians want to help the president because so many are listberal. so maybe not that surprising. >> you guys have a great night. enjoy your last saturday night free together. >> thank you. you're the second most beautiful woman i've seen here tonight. >> yes, i was about to say that. >> i'll take it. i'm here now with another big star of "orange is the new black," the new season coming out june 12th. you just won an emmy, laverne cox. tell me about that. >> i kind of can't believe it. laverne cox, a documentary i produced won a daytime emmy last night. i am so proud of the seven young people, daniella, kai, avery, zooey, luray, and james. >> amazing.
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>> who came forward and told their stories so beautifully and so truthfully and trusted us. thank you so much. >> you have broken a ceiling as a transgender actor. and big news today as we hear bruce jenner coming out as a woman saying that he has struggled with a transgender identity since childhood. you talked to bruce. tell me a little bit about sort of the process that bruce is going through and also the advice you gave bruce. >> i think a lot of people tuned in last night to this special, sort of a media spectacle and they saw a beautiful human being who is a parent who deeply cares about their pale. i always believed any transgender person who comes forward to tell their story and live visibly is a revolutionary thing in a world that tells us that transpeople shouldn't exist. bruce is courageous. they were concern birthday their family and they really wanted to
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come forward to hopefully make a gifrns and make a change and hopefully save lives. >> it's something that you have done as well for the community. thank you so much, bra vern cox. i hope you have a wonderful evening. you've been one of the most popular celebrities. thank you for talking to us here at cnn. >> thank you. >> big night, poppy. this place is crawling with some really big names. >> have a blast. we'll come back to you throughout the evening. peter hanby will join us. very cool to hear from laverne cox, an important message to send. let's talk about what this evening means. of course there's the glam and celebrities. there's also a lot of politics going on as always. so let's bring our guests back in. to you, patrick. let me begin with you. you just wrote, directed, filmed, did all of it for your documentary all about tonight. >> yeah. >> the nerd prom. before we get into the criticism of it, walk me through what people can expect this evening. >> well, obviously once everybody kind of leaves that
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red carpet, they head into the washington hilton, mingle around, get a couple of drinks, eventually they will ask the crowd to quiet down, they bring out the president and the first lady, they get introduced. eventually they announce the scholarship winners, the president of the association will make remarks. then you have dinner for an hour or so. then the real business begins, which is the president and cecily strong. >> let's remind people of the history of this. this san 80-plus year event. this was started for our viewers who think this is like the oscars, no, this was started by journalists for journalists to maintain access to the white house. when that access was threatened. >> that's right. it started actually -- this is the 101st anniversary of the association that throws the dinner. >> the 84th dinner. >> right. 1921 was the first, back then it was 50 people, all men. now it's 2600 people. >> i'm glad they let the women in. >> it's about five days of parties. the dinner is the hub of the
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wheel but hardly the only thing going on. it's hard to look at that picture and think access and white house correspondents are the real focus. >> a lot of celebrities. look, if you're not there, we're not there but we're having fun around it in new york, you can be there frankly through social media. lori, you've been watching what people are saying on social media. what are they buzzing about? >> i think first of all i should introduce the hash tag that people use, hash tag nerd prom. i'm right on this one, patrick. >> right. >> so there have been some really funny tweets coming in. one thing that's so interesting to me this year are the social stars. the idea that you see all these celebrities and see people tweeting about them. there are a couple of people going all sitting at ariana huffington's table, and they are people like tyler oakley and these are youtube activists, people who have a huge following. they're all beginning to walk the red carpet now. these are people that people will look at and may not take
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pictures of, have no idea who these people are. but when they tweet, you've got millions of followers. >> let's go to the red carpet. brianna is with the one and only wolf blitzer and his lovely guest. you have jane fonda. >> that's right. so i have to tell you, poppy, wolf blitzer has been in the habit of bringing on his arms around two lovely lady guests to the white house correspondcorre dinner. this is mahrie harf, spokeswoma for the state department, wolf blitzer and jane fonda. you're here as a guest of cnn. this is quite the spectacle. i'm sure you've been here before, right? >> i have, yes. and i've known wolf since 1991. >> so what do you think about this event? and also how it's changed over the years since you first started coming. >> well, we'll see. i'll see. oh, it's the best party in the world. >> so the '90s was when it really started to blow up, when
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people would come and notable faces like yourself would start showing up. do you see a difference between then and now? >> i think as there is in every corner of life more emphasis on celebrity. i'm not sure it's good, but it is what it is. >> you've really outdone yourselves with your guests this year. >> it doesn't get any better than jane fonda. can you believe i'm here with jane fonda? marie harf, spokeswoman for the u.s. state department. how cool is that? >> marie, i know in isn't exactly new to you, but this is a phenomenal event that really is second only to the inauguration. it's sort of an opportunity for washington to get very i guess awestruck by celebrities. anyone you're looking forward to seeing? >> first i was looking forward to meeting jane fonda so that was really great. we've already done selfies in the car. but i also love seeing people who are in tv shows that are about d.c., the people on "veep"
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or "scandal," shows that are about what we do. it's kind of fun to meet them, too. >> it's also about a lot of people coming with a message, right? so many people are doing outstanding work, and they also want to talk about it. do you have anything going on that you've been working on or i guess sort of admire in some of the folks who are here? >> i have a new sierz. >> tell me about it. >> a net blix series called "grace and frankie." i co-star with lily tomlin. it debuts may 8th. >> oh, fabulous. wolf, final word about your expectations and can you talk about the fact that cecily strong is the host tonight. no doubt going to be hilarious. we don't see a woman hosting this dinner very often. >> once in a while they do, but this is good. i think she's going to be xlentd. she'll be funny. i anticipate a lot of laughs. the president of the united states is pretty good with the jokes himself. it might be a fun night.
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you just want to relax and enjoy and see what happens. >> jane, wolf, marie, thank you so much to all of you. that was a very fun trio there, as you can see, poppy. >> you know, wolf every year just outdoes himself with the guests, year after year after year. thank you. that was fun. cecily strong will be hysterical. i interviewed her. we'll show you how she's preparing later in the program. dl, what do you like seeing so far? >> i like seeing a transgender woman and an old dude with two women. >> is that wolf blitzer? >> he's not that old. >> i'm like, am i missing this party? you can clearly tell that the country has changed and evolved, and you can tell by the people who attend these kind of things. you could have never imagined seeing the star of "orange is the new black" at a function with so many political people as well as writers together.
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it's really nice to see that we're glowing up. >> amen to that. guys, stick around. we're going to take a quick break and continue with our coverage because the dinner hasn't even started yet. the red carpet is certainly still buzzing as you can see. we'll talk no mr hollywood a-listers ahead, plenty of politicians as well. i did sit down with the woman of the night, cecily strong, hosting the different, giving her speech, making some of those point ready jokes. what does she think about performing before this crowd? stay with us. the xc60 crossover. from volvo.
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some are calling president barack obama the funniest president. you be the judge. is he? here are some of his best jokes from past dinners. >> folks are saying that with my sagging poll numbers my fellow democrats don't really want me campaigning with them. and i don't think that's true, although i did notice the other day that sasha needed a speaker at career day and she invited bill clinton. i was a little hurt by that. i am not giving up. in fact, i'm taking my charm offensive on the road. a texas barbecue with ted cruz, kentucky bluegrass concert with rand paul, and a book burning
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with michele bachmann. one senator who has reached across the aisle recently is marco rubio, but i don't know about 2016. i mean, the guy has not even finished a single term in the senate and he thinks he's ready to be president. kids these days. despite many obstacles, much has changed during my time in office. four years ago i was locked in a brutal primary battle with hillary clinton. four years later, she won't stop drunk-texting me from cartagena. four years ago, i was a washington outsider. four years later, i'm at this dinner. four years ago, i looked like
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this. today i look like this. and four years from now, i will look like this. donald trump is here tonight. now, i know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like did we fake the moon landing? what really happened in roswell? and where are biggy and tupak?
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good evening. you know ed's right, i work a lot. so i wasn't sure that i should actually come tonight. biden talked me into it. he leaned over, and he said, mr. president, this is no ordinary dinner. this is a big [ bleep ] meal! good evening, everybody. i would like to welcome you all to the ten heavy d-day anniversy first 100 days. i am barack obama. most of you covered me. all of you voted for me.
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>> he he's pretty funny. but can cecily strong be funnier? that is her challenge tonight. let's go back to brianna keelor on the red carpet. i'm so jealous. i was a figure skater my whole life and you have some of my idols. >> i have two skiing phenoms, tara lipinski and -- this is your first time at the dinner. what are your expectations? >> my heart has been pounding. this is so out of our realm. but i'm so excited and honored to be here. >> it's so special to be here to celebrate media and to really just enjoy each other's company. to all be on the same team for a night. it's so special. i know tara wants to do her flying squirrel. >> i need to meet the president. i'm going to be that girl that's like, hi! >> what would you say to him? you have to have thought about that. >> no, i haven't.
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if i rehearse it, it will be awkward and weird. so i'm just going with it. >> i feel like boxers or briefs definitely comes to my mind. >> that's a johnny question. >> so if you ask him that and he gives you an answer, are you going to put it on your amazing instagram account so we'll all know what he told you? >> immediately. you will see it all. >> so i fell in love with you two during the olympics, watching your instagram accounts. you are hilarious, your little videos and pictures. you have a joint account as well. but what i wanted to know because i thought this during the olympics, why don't they have a show together? tell us. tell us. >> well, you know, we work so much. we did the super bowl this year for nbc. we of course worked during the kentucky derby. we have a lot of fun that way. but i can't say that we're not working on our own.
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>> you guys have such a wonderful time. thanks for talking to us here on cnn. >> thank you. thank you. >> okay, poppy. i'm nerding out because i'm such a huge fan of them. i'm glad you are, too. >> i'm so jealous! i'm superduper jealous, incre e increasingly jealous by the minute. i love them, and i agree they should definitely have a show and it should be here on cnn. we'll get back to you in a moment. laurie, as we were talking about earlier, social media is huge. if you can't be at the dinner you can feel like you're at the dinner from our coach. what are we see something. >> we've been monitoring what our viewer are looking at what people are tweeting from the red carpet. obviously lots of celebrities. jessie tyler ferguson, my own favorite celebrity don lemon. i think part of this thing is you get to the red carpet, you
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tweet with a hash tag, your tweet goes viral. that's how everyone knows you're there. you weren't there if you didn't tweet. that's how things go. there was also someone interesting, a social media star, the second most followed person on vine. he has 11 million followers. less than obama, probably less than taylor swift but a lot. >> some people would give anything to have that kind of following. >> i mean, you think about it. you look at why washington is now caring about some of these people who are like snapchat celebrities. i can't even believe i'm saying snapchat celebrity. there's a talent agency? >> say it three times. >> you'll have a field day. there's a talent agency now for vine stars and snapchat stars. you can see why they're invited to the dinner this year. >> you certainly can. >> i still can't see why they're invited. >> d.l. is not on this train. >> it's not being exceskeptical. i don't know how that is relevant. but i think that, again, it's indicative of where we are as a nation and what we find
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important and what we find intriguing and what we're interested in. in that way, i guess it would make sense. >> but what concerns me about this -- and i know patrick will probably agree -- is that it waters down what the dinner was supposed to be about. >> totally. >> we can do the celebrity thing, but now when we start getting into vine celebrities and snapchat celebrities and whatever the next social media invent will be, you know, next year, i think let them have a different dinner for that. there are certain traditions and things that i think should maintain some journalistic integrity. we're losing that. >> we're going to talk a lot about that all night. we'll play clips from patrick's documentary which addresses just that. what is the dinner supposed to be about, and what has it become? d.l., hang on to that thought. we'll take a quick break and come back in a minute talking about, you know these showsor, "scandal, veep, house of cards, madam secretary. all huge shows about our nation's capital, and they're
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the only halfway interesting thing they do is throw a big dinner party once a year where
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they pat each other on the back and rub shoulders with movie stars. >> that's from the hit series "house of cards" lamenting over washington's version ever the academy awards, which is under way right now. but as fiction nears reality, some of the hottest celebrities are making their way to the event, including veep's timothy simon just accosted a short time ago by some of the stars of "house of cards." take a look. >> the dumbest thing a politician -- >> stop talking! no one cares. >> you guys, i'm doing something very important. you guys, yeah, okay, great, great. thank you. thank you. very important stuff. >> we love you! >> just some fans. just some fans from the neighborhood. just neighborhood d.c. kids. >> just some fans. let's talk about the close relationship between hollywood and washington. with my guests, patrick gavin, you did the documentary all
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about this. where does this fascination with washington come from in terms of all the celebrities that are -- it's a tough ticket to get. is it because there are all these shows now that are doing so well, scandal, house of cards, et cetera? >> yeah. >> or are those shows because celebrities have always been interested in washington? >> part of the reason celebrities are here, two reasons. one, i think they actually enjoy going to dinner with the president. some of them do actually play a role -- >> them and 2600 other people. >> right. they probably think they're closer than they are. what's funny about all these tv shows, people in washington can be very flattered by that. look at all these great shows on tv. but you look at all of them, they portray washington, d.c., horribly. i mean, in "house of cards," politicians are killing people, "veep," i don't think you want a vice president like that vice president. maybe that funny, but not that dysfunctional. >> almost had one like that. >> those sort of shows, think about 15 years ago, it was "west
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wing," which viewed washington in laudable terms but now these shows show us how the rest of the country views us. they're all funny, entertaining shows. but if it at all reflective of how americans view us, that's bad. >> there hasn't been a west wing since west wing. >> the one thing i'll say about those shows is that they have characters that are somewhat redeemed. but a lot of political figures wez have these days are craven. like you couldn't write some of the things in the show that they actually say. you couldn't write it. >> yeah. >> you think real washington is crazier than "house of cards" washington? >> i think michele bachmann and -- i could pretend as if i wrote that and some of the things she says wouldn't even make television because people would think it's so absurd. but i think police they have a redemptive quality. when you're talking about "west wing," there was a stake to it.
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there was -- i think we wanted to be better than we actually were. >> yeah. >> we wanted to -- >> what was the movie "the american president"? >> yeah. michael douglas, right. >> tara? >> i think there's a certain intrigue about washington, d.c., because people are fascinated like, can this possibly be this fis dysfunctional, so they try to make fun of it. i love "veep." the writers where fantastic. but they nail it. for people like us who are inside the beltway, who -- i spent 20 years in washington. i can watch an episode of "veep" and find inside the beltway speak. but they're making fun of what goes on there, but a lot of it is actually pretty close to how things go, which is what makes it so fascinating and really, really good. and with "house of cards", it's like the same thing as people being fascinated with the mafia. they're a bunch of murderous sociopaths but there's a certain
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intrigue about the mafia. it's the same thing i think with washington, d.c. people just want a glimpse inside of it, whether they think it's real or not. they feel as though they have a glimpse inside something that they may never experience. >> absolutely. we're going to talk more about it. we have to get a break in because this dinner is about to start. we are seeing live pictures. take a look, people gathering around their tables. those seats they fought so hard to get. the dinner is about to start. the best of the red carpet still to come. stay with us. anoro ellipta. it helps people with copd breathe better for a full 24hours. anoro ellipta is the first fda-approved product containing two long-acting bronchodilators in one inhaler. anoro is not for asthma. anoro contains a type of medicine that increases risk of death in people with asthma. it is not known if this risk is increased in copd.
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welcome back to our special coverage of the white house correspondents' dinner. brianna keilar has a great guest on the red carpet with her. >> hi, poppy. i'm here with donald trump and his most beautiful wife melania. this is sort of an example of what this is all about, hollywood running into politics a little bit. you're obviously toying with the idea of running for president. you all but said you would yesterday in richmond. tell us about that. are you going to? >> well, we're looking at it very seriously. the country is going to hell. such bad decisions are being made. we're not respected by anybody. i'll be making a decision very soon. we've had great response. nobody thinks i'm going to run. that's the only thing. >> you've toyed with it before. >> i looked at it before, but unfortunately mitt romney didn't carry the ball very well and he
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failed us. i don't think we want to see that happen again. politicians are all talk. they're no action. lots of problemsor for the country that can be easily solved. i'll make that decision june, july at the latest. >> june, july at the latest. why then? >> it just seems to be an appropriate time. >> so i guess as you're looking around, let's talk about something a little lighter. you're here to bump into some politicians. you're going to see the president tell some jokes. there are a lot of celebrities here. who are you most excited to see, melania, this evening? or anyone that you have met that you hadn't met before? >> i met a lot of people already. it's an exciting night. we will have a great time. just to have fun. >> who do you think will be funnier, cecily strong or president obama? >> i think they'll both be good. when president obama was doing the thing a few years ago with me, i thought it was very well delivered. actually much better than a comedian. i thought he really did a good job. i think it's going to be great.
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it will be a fun evening. we'll have a good time. >> he's mentioned you before. do you think that could happen again? >> many times. certainly he mentioned me a lot that night. and i had a great time. it's sort of interesting. i had this incredible time. then the next day i woke up and the papers all said i was miserable, i didn't have a good time. i was saying to everybody, i love this. i was a big focus. you know i like that. i did have a great time. >> wi >> we'll see if that continues again. >> thank you so much. >> hello, jeff snooker. >> he said he wanted to say hello to his friend jeff zucker, the head of cnn. >> but he didn't say hi to me, and i've interviewed donald trump before. apparently he likes my boss more than me. >> he couldn't hear you. that's all it was. >> i won't take it personally. thanks. good interview. maybe he'll run. we'll see june or july. seems like a good time. let's talk about it with our guests. what do you think, d.l. huguely?
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>> having donald trump host a political event is like -- stop. stop. it's a shame to be the last one -- like my job is to make people laugh. that's the gig. he doesn't get that he does it anyway. >> but that was very from iinteg guys. the headlines were that last year when president obama made fun of him, the look on his face. but we only saw a snap sthot. that was not the whole evening. he had a ball. the press got it wrong last time. >> of course he's going to say that. ''s not going to say he was seething and how dare the president go after him like that. >> he came back. >> of course. he admitted himself he likes this. he likes to be in front of the cameras, being the focus and center of attention. usually if he's in control of it, which he was not at the time last year. i don't care what he says. he was not happy in those shots. he doesn't realize that c-span has roving cameras.
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you see people you don't necessarily know. i don't think he realized the camera was on him as long as it was. we all saw that. donald trump is a good pr guy, knows how to spin things. he can say whatever he wants but this flifrting with maybe i'll run, maybe i won't. he's done this before and it continues to give him aif platform to say what he wants to politically so he keeps flirting with the idea and people give him airtime. i don't see him running for president, but he would much rather flirt with the idea and keep himself at the center of attention. >> anybody in that room who gets made fun of that doesn't like it, they're lying. getting the president to mention their name, people who say he hurt my feelings, stop it. it's the highlight of your life. >> name me one joke donald trump ever told at his own expense. that's how you can tell if somebody is enjoying it. >> it's interesting because uon of president obama's speech writer will be joining us. the president always insists on
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having self-deprecating jokes. we'll see those tonight. what laurary, what's your impression? >> i think it's interesting. he always makes for a very, very good segment. he always says good things people love to talk about it. >> very diplomatic. we want to know what you think. tell us what you think about donald trump and a possible run for president. tweet us, of course. but also we want to know what you think about who the funniest president is at these things. president clinton, bush, or president obama. you can tweet us your response at hash tag cnn vote. also you can go online to cnnpolitics.com. we'll reveal your answer later. who is the funniest president? you think the president has a tough job with his speeches. wait until you hear what the comedians have to say about it. speaking of the president, we are just moments away from his grand entrance here at the annual white house correspondents' dinner. we'll bring you that as soon as it happens. stay with us. kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats®...
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welcome back to our special coverage of the white house correspondent's dinner. consider this, you're an up and
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coming comedian and you get the call, the call to speak at the white house correspondent's dinner in front of, you know, the leader of the free world and 2600 other people. it's a dream come true, right? maybe not according to our brian seller. >> reporter: every spring, it's the hottest ticket in the united states. jimmy kimmel hosted in 2012 and said it's not your run of the mill gig. >> you have an unusual mission of people sitting in the room with the president and all the top people in media, and then you hire some bafoon to come in and entertain. in a way you feel like you've been commanded by the king to be the court jester or something. >> reporter: well before stephen colbert was tapped to host the late show, he performed one of the most controversial roasts
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ever back in 2006. the target, president bush. >> i stand by this man. i stand by this man because he stands for things. not only for things, he stands on things. things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. and that sends a strong message that no matter what happens to america, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo-opes in the world. >> reporter: another car, jon stewart, hosted a dinner in 1997, long before he was a household name. >> congratulations in order to mr. greenspan and andrea were married. ms. mitchell you must be thrilled. how would you not be swept off your feet by the charisma of a veteran economist? >> reporter: david mckale told
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how he prepared for the dinner. >> i called everyone i knew. i called everyone who has done it. why haven't you done it? >> i thought about it. they were kind of years ago to invite me and i thought, i can't get this done. >> reporter: jay leno has hosted four times, but was criticized for recycling jokes from the tonight show. >> a lot of critics thought president bush did a better job getting the ball over the plate. but on the other hand, president obama can talk. >> donald trump has said he will run as a republican, which is surprising, because i just assumed he was running as a joke. >> reporter: prior to hosting, he told c-span what he was looking forward to. >> maybe a tough room, and
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somebody that follows politics, it's exciting where people are well informed. you can make jokes about the minutia of politics that wouldn't work on "saturday night live" unless you had a bunch of setup before hand. >> reporter: as for whether she will use material from her most famous material -- >> true or false -- >> about what? >> exactly. >> reporter: we'll just have to wait and see. brian selter, cnn, new york. >> you'll see tonight how she does. i want tonight's host about her strategy and preparing for the big speech. also her message to one of my very good friends here at cnn, brooke baldwin. we'll bring you that next and take you back to the red carpet as we prepare for the white house correspondent's dinner. stay with us. cats like to eat.
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welcome back to our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." i learned a little something in the commercial break, mr. d.l. hughley. i learned you said no to host thing dinner. >> because they wanted to know what jokes we were going to tell. >> who's they? >> i don't know if it was him or his staff, but they wanted president bush to have -- to us tell what jokes we were going to have. the only reason to be in front
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of powerful people is to make them nervous. every time you turn around somebody is killed by a drone or a black kid is shot or a state makes it harder for gay people to have a pizza -- >> you're a little exaggerating. i get your point. >> isn't that comedy? comedy is exaggeration. to me, when colbert did that, that's the only reason to do it. >> so in 2006, stephen colbert really pushed the envelope and you saw some uncomfortable moments between him and president bush. some people loved it, some people hated it. afterwards, they were worried about who goes the next year. >> i can speak as comedians. we loved it. we loved the idea. if you're the same guy on stage in front of a concert as you are in front of the most powerful people in the world, that's a
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level of confidence. when you recognize yourself in either of those places, that's the only reason to do so. >> what do you think we'll hear from the president tonight? >> i think the president will put on a good show. he has good comedic timing. in the past, he was funnier than joe mchale was last year. so i think that, you know, he's going to pop some fun at himself. definitely he's going to go after journalists. that's what they do. the whole thing is about sel self-deprecation. so i'll be interested to see if he touches on any of the racial issues going on and get in a couple of -- >> i asked cesily strong about that. he said i don't feel like it's appropriate for me to go there. however, just because she said because of her personal
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experiences, but as a woman, she said there's a lot i can make fun of in terms of breaking through the glass ceiling. so i think we'll listen to that from her. >> i will be curious to see if there's any hillary jokes tonight. >> of course there will be. >> i hope so. >> it is 8:00 on the east coast, and all eyes are on washington, d.c. right now. it is certainly the place to be. welcome back. this is our special coverage of the annual white house correspondents' dinner. i'm poppy harlow with my great team here in new york. we'll bring you president obama live, cesily strong live and some of the biggest names in hollywood are mixing it up with the politicians on the red carpet. dinner is about to get under way in a few moments. a little later, we'll take you inside where president obama is going to throw out his best jokes. of course, you'll hear from cesily strong, as well. who has been preparing for this she told me for months and
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months. let's take a look at some of the best moments from the red carpet. >> you're obviously toying with the idea of running for president. you all but said you would yesterday. are you going to? >> we're looking at it seriously. the country is going to hell. such bad decisions are being made, we're not respected by anybody. we've had great response. nobody thinks i'm going to run, that's the only thing. >> you toyed with it before. >> i looked at it before, but unfortunately mitt romney didn't carry the ball very well. he failed us. >> my heart has been pounding. i'm so honored and excited to be here. >> it's so special to be here to celebrate media and just enjoy each other's company, to be all in the same team for a night. i notaria way iy ia -- know tar be here.
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>> if i rehearse it, lit be awkward and weird. >> i feel like boxers or briefs definitely comes to my mind. >> you've talked to bruce. tell me about sort of the process that bruce is going through and the advice you gave bruce. >> a lot of people tuned in last night to this special and what they saw is a beautiful human being who is apparent, who deeply cares about their family, and i've always believed that any transgender person who comes forward to tell their story is a revolutionary thing in a world that tells us that trspeople shouldn't exist. >> what can you -- what can silicon valley lead the way when it comes to washington getting itself together when it comes to tech? >> we hired a number of people based out of washington, and i do think washington is moving forward, becoming more
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technologically advanced. the more technology in washington, the more we'll be consistent about what the people and government want. so it's really important thing to happen. >> let's go to the lady having all the fun, talking to donald trump. are you having fun, briana? >> i'm having a wonderful time, poppy. you just saw -- first off, i wish you were here. >> me too. we were going to go party. we were going to go to all the after parties. >> we were, for journalistic research, obviously. but it's an amazing time because you see in all of those sound bites, you've got entertainment colliding with politics colliding with silicon valley. and you have donald trump, you have people who are talking about important things in the news right now that have political consequences.
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la verne cox, who broke a ceiling for transgender actors, talking about bruce jenner, who she has given advice to. he just came out and said he was a woman, he's struggled with being a transgender since he was a child. we spoke to the former maryland governor who is considering a run for president, is he going to take on hillary clinton or not? so this is a very interesting evening. it certainly has notoriety. at times, it has controversy, and we're waiting for the show to be under way where we'll see cesily strong from snl. a rare woman comic who is hosting this event. of course, we'll hear president obama, as well. >> bri, you are the cnn reporter who covers hillary clinton. he's not there, but martin o'mally is. >> she's not here, and martin
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o'mally is. of course, she has total name recognition, so martin o'mally is very far down in the poll, single digits compared to her. she has some of her top aides here, uma is a guest of cnn, the vice chair of hillary clinton's campaign, and a number of other top officials who are now working for hillary clinton who used to work for president obama who are here tonight. so this is a lot of high powered hobnobbing between hollywood and washington. >> and interesting too, bri, i think of the people toying with an why would from the gop for a run for the white house, none of them are going except for john kasich, right? >> that's really fascinating, because even though i would say you have a lot of republican politicos, you don't have a lot of candidates. a lot of times republicans will tell you that they feel that
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hollywood, at least the vocal part of hollywood, is a more liberal set. so this is a venn yue where the think democratic candidates are going to be more comfortable. you know, i would love to see them all come through, because this is a fantastic venue and it's always a great place to make some news, too, in this venue where people might be caught off guard and need to slip us a little information. >> they may have just had a glass or two champagne, which is always helpful in opening up the dialogue. briana keilar, thank you very much. tara? >> that's exactly where they're not there. >> on a serious note, they are in iowa. >> there's a freedom of religion summit this weekend in iowa, so of course iowa being extremely
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important, the iowa caucuses, so the shaking hands with real people, the voters of the united states. average american people could care less about this. this doesn't affect my life every day. i'm losing my business, my taxes are high, i'm losing my health care and my doctor. so the presidential candidates are going to be in iowa. >> when we look at this election, one of the key issues, if not the key issue is going to be the economy and the middle class and the income gap. how do you think the president, if at all, patrick, addresses the real people issues this evening? >> it's impossible, let's face it. >> everyone can watch it right here on cnn, so he is talking to much more in that room. >> you have to speak to the 2600 people in the room and you want to speak outside. but to your point, people in america may not care about this, but i think they do care. if you are outside of the
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beltway watching this, you're looking at that camera and seeing a town that's very impressed with itself, very enamored with itself. you see big business viewing this as the single best opportunity to lobby washington. if you are those people for whom the american dream is just out of reach, if you say those are the people who are supposed to be taking care of me, those are the people who are supposed to help me out and how out of sync are their priorities when here is the biggest night, just a huge orgy of self-celebration, and the people outside of the beltway, their viewpoint is there is nothing to celebrate here. >> before we go to break, d.l. >> this is like the oscars, full of movies nobody saw. or cared about. so i think it is really much like hollywood, much like music,
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they have these moments where they do a victory lap. >> someone who spent 20 years in washington, i've been to two of these dinners. for the most part, it's not as glamorous, but you watch this and you point out oh, yeah, that's the undersecretary for such and such. nerds like me, we watch c-span and we can pick out those people. >> i am a proud nerd who needs to get a commercial break in here. if you are the head of white house correspondents' association and you want to book cesily strong for dinner, who do you call? her publicist? no, you call her dad. seriously, that's what happened. how she found out she was the one.
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welcome back to our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." it is about 8:15 p.m. that means the dinner is just getting under way. the president should be making his entrance any moment. we'll bring you that live as soon as it happens. but i want to take a moment to talk about a really cool chick. i can call her a chick because we spent some time in d.c. cesily strong is the superstar of "saturday night live" and she's headlining tonight's white house correspondents' dinner. it's a very tough job to get and a tougher job to successfully
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deliver on. i sat down and asked her how she is preparing to walk that line to be really fun but not go too far. >> weekend update with cesily strong. >> here now is the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party. [ applause ] >> looking at your characters, who would the girl who you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at the party, let's say she were there. >> sure. she's in me, for sure. >> it's like, sometimes when you rip a bandage off a band-aid, it hurts. but sometimes it heals. so can i use the n word real quick? >> no! >> who would she strike a conversation up with at the white house diner? >> she would be there to prove all the points, to fight every battle and make everyone uncomfortable, to say every racial slur, but to make a
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point, not because she's racist. just to make a point. she would probably interrupt. she would throw the shoe. >> your dad, this is a great story, take me back to how you found out you were being asked to host this. >> so i was in bed, but i got like a -- i think it was a voice mail from my dad saying what i thought was him saying he had been invited to the dinner and they wanted him to speak, so i assumed it was some workshop about pr or something. so i texted him like cool, dad, just great. so he said, will you do it? i was like, do what? finally i called him and still didn't believe him. i think it was another five days until we realized it was real, until we verified it. >> i heard your publicist didn't believe it. >> who would believe it from your dad. >> does your dad get to be your datesome >> no, he's not my date.
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nice try, dad. >> give us your best wolf blitzer impression. >> i'm not a good impressionist. i play myself. i need the beard. >> can you say hello to wolf blitzer? >> no. >> please. >> i will not speak to wolf blitzer. >> well, she did. we took her to "the situation room." that's coming up. this is live pictures of president barack obama, just entering the room to that music, as the president does every year, and he'll take a seat. people will relax, and then the official evening will begin. let's listen in. [ national anthem being played ] ♪
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[ national anthem continues ] ♪ ♪ [ applause ] >> and there you have it. now everyone will take their seat. we'll keep monitoring this. as soon as we begin to hear from
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some of the headliners, including cesily strong, and the president, of course, we'll bring you that all live. we just heard from cesily strong, the amazing story of how they called her dad to ask if she would headline the dinner, which is -- how great is that? what do people think of her as the headliner this year? >> i think people are excited. it's just so cool to see the camaraderie. a lot of comedians are tweeting right now saying good luck, kick butt tonight. for me as a woman, it's great to see a strong female role model up there doing what sadly there have not been many female comedians up there. until the 1960s, females weren't even allowed. so i'm definitely rooting for her. i want her to do well. from your interview, she has a great way about her. >> she's totally humble.
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this celebrity has. gone to her head at all like it's clearly gone to d.l.'s head. >> are people on social media making fun of the girl who is text messaging during the national anthem? come on, people. >> that awkward moment when you realize the camera is on you. >> d.l., you said no to headlining this dinner. >> i didn't want to -- >> you didn't want to be vetted. >> i didn't want to have to be -- >> censored. >> yeah. >> i get that. if you were doing it this year, and no one asked to see your jokes, what would your opening line be? >> probably -- i probably would say something about the conflict that exists -- well, the president has just -- i've never seen a president apologize for
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something very -- i've never seen a president -- >> would you bring that up tonight? >> to me there's no point in doing this if you're not going to take stuff -- i don't know what the joke would be, but it would definitely have to be in the conversation. >> that's interesting, because there is this -- they really do have to walk this line, the comedians, between touches on issues that matter to society, matter to the world right now, and also being funny and not crossing the line. >> what did george carlin say? his job was to see the line, to drag everyone else across kicking and screaming and make them happy they were there. baltimore is having this huge rally where another black man -- is you can't know all these things and have it work itself in. you can't have those things happen and --
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>> can i get in the d.l. camp to host next year? and can i come with you, please? let's go to briana on the red carpet. hey, bri. >> hey there, poppy, i'm here with peter hamby. well, i've been covering the red carpet over the last hour and peter has been living it up at the parties, which is what this weekend is so much about, right? >> no, this is a weekend about honoring journalism, briana. >> come on. >> there's a cascade of preparties before the event. i was at the cbs atlantic party. "the washington post" has a party. everyone has a party. there's after parties. it was cool. there are a lot of cnn people at the cbs party. a few celebrities walked in. lisa ling walked in. tim daley were palling around with bob sheafer. >> there's a lot of washington
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themed shows well represented here tonight. >> there's been an explosion in hollywood of washington shows over the last three, four years. i haven't seen jonah from "veep" yet. did martin o'mally blow you away when you interviewed him if >> i interviewed his wife, as well. he might be running. >> hamby, have you -- we all know she's way cool -- i think i have to ask her how to send a direct message. outside of that, she was telling me all these tech companies are having like all these start-ups and all these buzz feed and all,
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they're having all these cool silicon valley parties. are you going to any of those? >> i dominate those, totally. buzz feed actually made a splash here two years ago, sort of the bell of the ball a few years ago, and for the last two years, they've had a big after party, kind of been like the anti-like we're too cool for this thing. this year they're not having a party. i think we're seeing big tech companies. goingle had a party with the atlantic. >> last night i got to emcee a party put on by the mother nature network. they've they have had a party. you probably never heard of them and that's the whole point. it's a network of environmentalists, journalistic websites and it's co-founded by chuck lavell, one of the rolling stones. so they had this white house
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correspondents' jam where they have all these bands staffed by journalists. some good, some really good, maybe some not so good. but it is important to note that the whole point of this -- we have the picture i think of that last number. >> bri looks smoking. >> what's your favorite character on "girls?" >> that's the nerdy one? lina's boyfriend on the show is excellent. >> the point is, this really is a nice about scholarship winners, yet it does get overshadowed. >> kind of? aggressively overshadowed. the scholarship part of this event is -- they talk about it on stage, but this has become much more of a bigger carnival of celebrities and politicians and things like that.
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>> carnival is a very good word. >> guess who won an award last year? everyone watching. before i go to break -- >> no one ways attention to what the dinner is about, which is scholarship money for aspiring journalists. >> typically, in years past whenever the scholarship winners go on stage, that's the time in which everybody pays attention the least. they head for the bar. they're busy eating their steak tartar, but they don't pay attention to the kids on stage at all. to say nothing to the fact that they don't raise that money for the scholarship. $100,000. >> so look, if you're not about scholarships, just say it. but you have some of the richest people in the world in that room. you can raise a lot more than $100,000. >> if you haven't seen "nerd
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prom" yet, that might change. no promotion there. thank you. we're going to take a quick break. when we get back, you want to know what it's like to wroit a joke for the president? no pressure there. we'll ask the guy who did it for four years. he was only 27 years old when he got the job as chief speechwriter. he's going to join us, next. first, a nerd prom memory from our own donna brazil. >> back in 2006, george walker bush was the president of the yates, and the comedian that was moderating or hosting the session was steve bridges. and steve bridges was -- looked, well, he looked like george bush. >> it's just a bunch of media types, hollywood liberals, democrats like joe biden. how come i can't have dinner with the 36% of the people who like me? [ laughter ]
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hi there, welcome back to cnn's special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner," which is currently under way. and as the program does get under way, we're joined now by john and peter. john fabro was chief speechwriter to president obama. that means you really have a lot to do with writing these jokes,
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the likes of which he will be telling tonight. what is that process like if >> it's a pretty fun process. we relied on a lot of outside help, so we would get submissions from professional comedians, folks at "the daily show," folks at "the colbert report." folks from "saturday light live." we also had -- david axelrod is very funny, so we would try to get as many jokes as possible and start narrowing them down over the course of a month and then present them to the president and see which ones are his favorites. >> you have a lot of raw resources to work with. but of all of the years that you helped massage those jokes into something so funny, do you have a favorite? >> there's a few favorite moments. one of the fun things we did is one year we talked about how politico would have covered great events in history.
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>> for context here, for our viewers who maybe don't read politico, but this is something those in washington live and die by, reading politico, explain what politico is. >> this is my dream come true. well, america, let me tell you about politico. politico was founded in 2007 as kind of a swarming website all about washington campaigns, the hill, white house, lobbying, whatever. their goal was to cater to a niche audience of insiders who cared about the minutia. this coincided with obama's rise, as well. there's this love-hate with the obama administration at politico where they kind of, you know -- >> we actually have the joke, so let's take a listen. >> look, i have a reputation for giving cable a hard time.
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so let's pick on politico for a while. you know, people attack politico for putting the new focus on trivial issues, political fodder, gossip sheet. that's not fair. politico's been doing this for centuries now. just check out these headlines our researchers found. japan surrenders, where's the bounce? [ laughter ] then there's this one. lincoln saves union, but can he save house majority. [ laughter ] i don't know if you can see that there's a little portion there, he's lost the southern whole vote. [ laughter ] a studious analysis there. and my favorite, july 3rd, 1776,
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senior whig official talks breakdown, independence dead. >> here's question for you, the gridiron dinner, which is also sort of -- it's a smaller audience, but they have to tell really good jokes, too. what is the -- where does this rank versus the gridiron versus the best sneematerial? >> the gridiron, you have to be funny, but we save the really good stuff for her. but also it's a couple months apart, so every speech is topical, so we make sure we only give him stuff that's in the news. >> so what is in the news right now? you have the inside track on some of the jokes, right? >> i do. >> 2016? >> there will be some 2016 jokes. the president said it's the fourth quarter of his presidency and he's feeling good. so there will be some talk about
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that. >> who suffers the most? >> washington. >> republicans? hillary clinton? >> donald trump. >> well, donald trump is here again. we did have some fun with him in 2011. that was probably my favorite moment. >> when he wants jokes, when president obama wants jokes, what does he like, the ones that take on his political opponents? does he like to joke about himself? >> he likes to joke about himself. his sense of humor is he likes to poke fun at the absurdity of washington. he thinks politics can be a circus sometimes as you see when he's speaking during the day. and tonight, he really likes to make fun of politics a lot. so those jokes are usually his favorite. >> john, thanks so much. poppy, back to you in new york. >> i think he has the coolest job, and maybe the most stressful job on this evening writing the jokes for the president.
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bri, thank you very much. we'll have a lot more with john throughout the hours. and we asked you earlier, who do you think the funniest president has been at these an you will dinners? clinton? bush 43? or president obama? the script actually says, so i'm going to say this, this is not a scientific poll, if you needed to know. bush 43, 14%, clinton 17%, and president obama, kind of knocking it out of the park there at 69%. we're going to talk about something serious here. it is a big deal, especially if you're a journalist. whether or not you grow wiagree the results, this white house is trying to show the lighter side of president obama. but it's not all fun and games. there's actually a purpose, and it's rubbing the press the wrong way. you're watching our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." caring for someone with alzheimer's means
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two ferns, you know, "between two ferns," who knew president had such range when it comes to comedy? when it comes to selling his policies to the american public, sometimes comedy, as our john berman reports, is all part of the plan. >> reporter: you hear the one
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about the president that went on jimmy kim snell >> is there any way we could fly president obama to some golf course halfway around the world and leave him there? i think that's a good idea. >> reporter: and how about when he did fallon? >> i'm president barack obama. and i too want to slow jam the news. >> reporter: what about letter, colbert, stewart, and bob sheafer? yes, this president does funny, at least tries to, a lot. what is it like to be the last black president? >> seriously. what is it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president. >> reporter: it's not so much he ever does the late night show, all candidates do a version of that. even president nixon did a version of "laugh in." >> sock it to me? >> reporter: but to president obama, it's not just pushing punchlines but it's pushing policy. >> i guess today is barack
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obama -- president barack obama -- here we go. what did you come here to plug the >> first of all, it's fair to say i wouldn't be with you here today if i didn't have something to plug. have you heard of the affordable care act? >> reporter: the white house thinks his appearance helped obamacare. >> the president has gone on nightline to do things that are funny and relevant to shaping his image and potentially moving his work forward. >> reporter: and he didn't just slow jam the news, he slow jammed college affordability. >> the reason it's so important to keep down costs is so we keep college affordable. >> and the president knows his stuff, y'all. >> reporter: and in this day and age, people don't just see it once, it's posted everywhere. twitter, facebook, instagram. the president even did a shoot for buzz feed. >> thanks, obama. >> reporter: it must be said that sometimes the hugs for the
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funny media are a heisman for the traditional news media. >> the white house can generate their own content internally. and bypass the media entirely. >> hello, everybody. this is not frank underwood, this is barack obama. happy april fool's day. frank learned it from me. >> reporter: if that's where people are watching, you have to hit them where they're watching. even if it's right in the pants. >> i'm all right with the president weari ining jeans. i'm not all right with the president wearing those jeans. >> can i just say something? i any that's mean and i don't think there's anything wrong with the jeans you wear. >> jimmy, i think you've got a point. have you been working out? >> reporter: john berman, cnn, new york. >> let me throw it to briana keilar on the red carpet with peter hamby and john fabro.
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>> this is the world we live in. the white house press corps gets very cranky when the president gives an interview to buzz feed or kimmel or youtube and they are not talking to the sainted white house correspondents. why is the white house doing those? >> because we want people to hear our message. move the president's agenda forward. they talked about this in the piece, but when he did "between two ferns," the number of people that went to healthcare.gov was enormous. >> is it sometimes, though, when you have a white house correspondent or you have someone in the white house press corps, they follow the president day in and day out, so they can sort of call him on the nuances of things. they know every little detail. if you don't have somebody that knows every little detail, aren't the questions sometimes a
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little softer that he gets, which i can imagine if i were the president i would enjoy. >> first of all, everyone still gets to ask him questions, he still has to deal with the white house press corps. >> sometimes. >> in fairness, i was a white house correspondent for three years, and i asked the president this many questions. i averaged two in three years. >> he's gone on "the daily show" and some late night shows and they've asked some substantive questions. it has. just been fluff. he was talking in detail about afghanistan when he was sitting with jay leno. >> the press corps, we still matter, but the media environment is so fragmented. we're just one part of it. when they did the youtube interviews, the combined reach of those was 32 million people.
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9 million people are watching "nightly news." it's a huge audience. david axelrod said one time, we have to go fishing where the fish are. >> it's a different media environment and we have to reflect that reality. >> poppy, back to you in new york. >> you heard it there from john fabro defending, this is how we talk to the younger generations. but have you seen they've controlled the message in many ways? >> the obama administration is brilliant with social media. they started out being brilliant with social media in 2008. we have a responsibility now as journalists, you can't just say twitter, facebook, you have to get on it and ask the tough questions. i do think this is a conversation we have to have, because the journalistic landscape is changing because of twitter and facebook. we have to figure out the smartest mace to approach these things and continue to hold
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people uncomfortable. >> we have to get a break in. we'll be back on the other side as this dinner gets under way. the program is about to begin. the president will be speaking. "night live's" cesily strong will be speaking. and the president called him his little brother. former body man reggie love will join us from the red carpet. making a fist something we do to show resolve. to defend ourselves. to declare victory. so cvs health provides expert support and vital medicines. make a fist for me. at our infusion centers or in patients homes. we help them fight the good fight. cvs health, because health is everything. but i've managed.e crohn's disease is tough, except that managing my symptoms was all i was doing.
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welcome back to our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." i'm so excited for this part, because i get to throw to my favorite guy in washington, don lemon. don, a lot has happened in the last year. you have gone primetime. and now you are at the dinner and i am here watching you at the dinner. >> you are. it's kind of very metta. it's weird because i've covered this for six, seven years, and it's weird to be on the other side of the camera. i'm just enjoying all the people watching and the red carpet. it's really fun. i once said that i didn't want to do it because it's too much glad handing and even is like, i love your work, i love your work. there's a lot of that, but it's fun to see everyone. and even your network rivals, you're cordial, they say i love
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your work, i hate your work, you suck, whatever. but it's fun to see everyone. >> is this your first time going to the dinner? >> it is. and you know what? i turned it down a couple times because i'm not a washington person. and then someone said, you need to go. hopefully they won't make fun of me tonight. >> you know you're bigtime when you can say you've turned it down a few times. >> i got some stuff for you. you want to see what i got? we're all at tables. my lovely assistant briana white kielar is here. i'm at table 121, this is my name tag. so when we started, there's already wine at the table. so you can order wine. you got white wine, red wine,
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when you can get a bottle of champagne. and someone who holds the purse strings for cnn, turner, time warner, is sitting at our table. so we have ordered three bottles of champagne and he's using his credit card. and then here is a little -- don't wrap me, don't wrap me, danny, who is the director of my show. oh, look, there is a little cnn go there, what do you call this thing, charger. and then there's -- that's what it is. i'm sitting next to alison, michaela, pamela brown and jeff zucker is at the next table. that's the little thing right there. good to see you, baby. i love you. >> i miss you. have fun. i don't want to see you on page six tomorrow, don lemon. >> no, no, but let me give you some advice, not that you need it. but have fun with this. while we're eating steak and
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lobster and crab salad, have your doritos and potato chips and enjoy it and let go. >> working on it. you're going places, don lemon. have fun tonight. don't end up in the gossip columns. >> i won't, i hope. on to something much more serious here. when we talk about this dinner, it's not just about the parties, it is about the press, and press access. so this guy just did a documentary all about it, nerd prom. i want to play you a clip. this is supposed to be about the white house correspondents' dinner, right? watch this. >> who is your favorite white house correspondent? >> that's interesting. i don't know. dana bash, i thought she was taller.
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>> so far, maybe -- i think jimmy was my favorite host. but this year -- >> i'm talking about white house correspondent. >> oh, the reporters? i have no idea. i'm not up to speed on that stuff. >> not one of them, not one of them could name a white house correspondent. isn't that why they went to the diner? >> they have no idea. they get nary a mention throughout the weekend. it's really not so much about skipping white house correspondents to go to social media they're just taking advantage of the cools at their disposal. but there are genuinely serious issues besides how do we get a message out? this administration has prosecuted leaks more than any other administration in history. freedom of information requests have gotten slower and more expensive. bush did it, as well.
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lord knows the next president will continue these things, which is why we should try to make this about white house correspondents, because they face real challenges. they are the people's proxy to the most powerful man in the world, and if they can't get access, people suffer. >> quick break. the dinner is almost, you know, going to fully begin. and we're going to have fun and cover all of it. also, cnn's brooke baldwin has a bone to pick with the host of the night, cesily strong. welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. and you're watching the loss collection of daytime nonsense we call the cnn newsroom. >> we will hear from brooke as we continue what patrick gavin might call this nighttime nonsense, right after this.
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the red carpet is over. the show is about to begin, and the president is ready with his zingers. who does he have his sights on this year? you're about to find out. ♪ >> tonight, hollywood's hottest celebrities are sharing the spotlight with washington, d.c.'s biggest star. >> hello, mr. president. >> we're giving you a vip invitation to the most exclusive party of the year in the nation's capital. >> i was impressed. >> join a-list celebrities and hollywood stars and they wine and dine with america's power
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players. >> sort of a clash of hollywood and politics. what am i going to regret i said tomorrow morning? >> it's a night of all-out glamour and lots of nights with cesily strong headlining the night. but the best punchlines may come from the president as he pokes fun as some of the top names in entertainment, the media and politics. >> these days the house republicans give john boehner a harder time than me. which means orange really is the new black. >> now the red carpet is out for a star-studded celebration. this is cnn's coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." >> it is 9:00. we're in new york city covering the biggest party of the weekend that is taking place in the nation's capital.
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some 3,000 guests inside of the jammed packed washington hilton. how is that for breaking news? next to a presidential inauguration. i would say this is the hottest ticket in the city and you've got a front row seat. hi, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. this is the special coverage on cnn of "the white house correspondents' dinner." the dinner will be wrapping up pretty soon, kicking off the events on stage, including standup routines by the president and snl superstar comedienne cesily strong. the stars of hollywood and washington are together tonight. and we've got our own stars right here in this room and on the red carpet. briana keilar, peter hamby, john f fabro are on the red carpet in d.c. here with me in new york, d.l. hughley, tara, lori siegel, and
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new york political reporter errol lewis and patrick gavin, who has a new documentary all about tonight called "nerd prom" and it's about some important stuff about tonight with something you don't always see. say what you want about the red carpet and whether they should have one at an event like this or not. but for a few hours, it was the place to be. briana, you know if you report on hillary clinton, you follow her very, very closely. she is not there this evening. >> she's not here this evening. a number of her top aides are. but this is a very eclectic red carpet, just a crush of people that were behind me that are now inside. it's interesting, because you have hollywood coming here. we have la verne cox, and she talked about bruce jenner coming out, saying that he's a woman who struggled being transgender.
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then you have politicians, because we're in this mix period for 2016 when you have a lot of candidates who are weighing whether they're going to run. so we were able to pin down governor o'mally who may run against hillary clinton. we also got a taste from silicon valley, which showed up tonight in the form of the ceo of air b and b. here are some of the greatest hits. do you think your husband would make a great president? >> wonderful. >> why? >> he's very smart. he's very, very dedicated to when he was the mayor of baltimore, when he was a city councilman, when he was the governor. he works very hard and he definitely has it heart in it. >> where do you think you could really, i guess, steak out a position? we've seen lately a very bad week for hillary clinton when it comes to this book, "clinton cash" coming out. what is your answer to that and the transparency questions it
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has raised? >> i usually spend my time focused on becoming crystal clear in the ideas and the frameworks that i can offer to move our country in a better direction. >> are you ready to really take her on in a way that shows people you are thinking of being a serious candidate? >> briana, i've never run a bad race. and i don't intend to if we do this. >> you're obviously toying with the idea of running for president. you all but said you would yesterday in richmond. are you going to? >> we're looking at it seriously. the country is going to hell. we're not respected by anybody. i'll be making a decision very soon. nobody thinks i'm going to run, that's the thing. >> you toyed with it before. >> you know, unfortunately mitt romney didn't carry the ball very well and just -- he failed us. >> people think of washington, they don't always think wow, that's a technologically advanced place. what can silicon valley do to
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lead the way when it comes to washington getting itself together? >> we hired a number of people based out of washington. i think washington is moving forward quite quickly, becoming more advanced. i think the more technology in washington, the more we're going to be consistent with what the people and the government wants. so it's a really important thing to happen. >> what's interesting, poppy, as we await the jokes coming from cesily strong and president obama, a lot of the people that we saw even just there in that piece and some of the people we sawmi milling around, the president will know they're here. so if he can take a shot at them, this is a great opportunity to do that and get the reaction and is one of the highlights of the show. >> that will be an interesting evening. bri, thanks so much. if you want to know what the core this dinner is about, you
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need to know about the white house correspondents' association. it was started back in 1914 with the sole mission of pushing for broad access for the press to the president. and supporting vigorous reporting on the presidency. the group's first dinner was held back in 1921 and started out as a small group of about 50 people and it has very much evolved since then, for better or worse, thanks to live television, like us broadcasting it. also thanks to hollywood a-listers in attendance. the association now estimates more than 2,000 people attend. it also raises money for college scholarships. a lot of people say it could be a lot more money. joining me in new york, lori siegel, d.l. hughley, patrick gavin, who spent a year making the documentary "nerd prom" and cnn political commentator tara setmaier and errol lewis.
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thank you very much for being here. on a very serious note, this comes, look, at the same time as literally the streets of baltimore are filled with protesters, and you have seen from ferguson on, protests around this country about police brutality. how does the president walk the line? that and the drone strikes that we found out this week killed two hostages, one american citizen. >> i thought you were going to ask what are all those reporters doing there sipping cocktails when a couple of mile away you have people rioting in the streets. there was a right wing social issues protest on the mall today, as well. so there's a lot of news that is going past these folks. for the president, he's not going to touch any of that stuff. you might hear something along the lines of black lives matter. and we should keep in mind when all of the jokes are done, this president at least, and really all presidents, they come down a
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little bit and they talk seriously and earnestly and directly to the crowd. you don't pass up to a chance to talk to supreme court justices and hollywood celebrities and lobbyists and so far. it's a captive audience, and the role of the president, particularly one person in the room that can do this, is to try to bring everybody together. i would be surprised if he didn't take the opportunity to do that tonight. >> how does he walk the line, given the time we're in? when you think back to 2011, he spoke at this dinner, making those jokes knowing that navy s.e.a.l.s were gearing up this mission for killing osama bin laden. >> you want to be funny, but there's the audience inside the room, then the audience outside the room. he doesn't want to be viewed as making light of these things. there is a lot going on right now. he has to address it and take it seriously. if he doesn't, people look at that ballroom and the president
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himself, and he was incredibly out of sync with what's going on. so he'll probably say, on a much more serious matter, we have all these things going on. if he doesn't touch on it, it seems like washington is oblivious. >> you said the president should push the envelope and joke about these things. >> humanize. i think ultimately as a comic, you're supposed to talk about the elephant in the room. it would make them seem even more trite than a lot of people think they are. so risking not saying anything is a bigger risk. >> historically this has happened in the past where the president does have a captive audience and there's trying to balance seriousness versus making light of the situation. fdr had to do it. national journal had a great
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piece about this how fdr, when we were preparing for war, he used that as an opportunity to prepare the country with all of those journalists in the room, prepare the country for us entering into world war ii. it was only a few months before pearl harbor when it happened. there was a representative from the japanese government in the audience. so the irony of that, who was in the audience back then and what fdr did as we were preparing for world war ii. so this is historical precedent for it. >> i believe it was the year after the virginia tech shooting, this dinner fell right after it, so the president just got up and said let's remember the victims and then told no jokes at all. sometimes they skip the comedy. >> what are people saying on social media that they want to hear from the president, but b, he has to be ready for the worldwide reaction on social media after whatever he does choose to say and how he does choose to walk the line. >> i think right now is anticipation.
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people are talking about how they're waiting for it, and they're just trying to bide time. i think people will want to hear him address these things. i think if you can hit that point where you can do it in the right way and the right tone, and that's very, very hard to do. but if you can do that, i think people will appreciate that, and that has this ability to go viral where people are retweeting and your message gets out the right way. it could also go the wrong way where you say the wrong way and it also goes viral. in this age of tweeting, everything you say can be scrutinized. >> absolutely. >> now what is the tweet going to be. >> i do want to play this sound bite from back in 2000. bill clinton, in terms of talking about playing something up that really can change the conversation. let's roll.
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>> i'm a little bit worried about him. this morning, for example, he came in the oval office for a meeting and i said, mr. president, is everything all right? and he said yeah, what's the matter? i said, mr. president, you're wearing your pajama bottoms? >> i don't have anything to say about that. >> i wish i could be here more, but i think bill has everything under control. >> wait, wait, wait! >> obviously on a lighter note, it is about a president being able to shift the conversation and, you know, clinton, a lot of people liked seeing that. >> if the elephant in the room is you're a lame duck, in the spring of 2000 you were counting down to when he was going to leave, yeah, you've got to sort
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of poke some fun at that. >> a lot of people thought that video resurrected his image. >> they showed him going through the halls of the white house with nothing to do. they had a funny zone with the late helen thomas. he's taking questions, there's one person there. >> i'm glad you brought helen thomas up. she's why women are there. she said to kennedy you have to let women in. >> kennedy said he would not come to the dinner unless they let women in. >> big girl power tonight, because the fourth female comedienne to host is happening tonight, cesily strong. in the 80 plus years of this dinner, there have only been three female comediennes to host. tonight will be number four. about time another woman graces around. stick around. later, he was a star basketball
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welcome back to our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." i've got a great group with me here. you're not going to miss a second, including president obama's remarks when he gets up. also, snl, "saturday night live" superstar cesily strong is the headliner. we'll bring you her remarks, as well. before that, i want to go to a
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very special lady, a lady i miss seeing every day in the halls of cnn, michelle turner, cnn contributor. you've been doing amazing work, but thanks for being with me. having fun? >> absolutely. i was watching you, and you look phenomenal. sorry that we're having a girl moment on cnn, but we are. >> shout out to the hair and makeup poem, because i don't wake up like this. >> my dress is a little too tight, so shout out to those apple chips i was eating. >> what are you seeing there tonight? a lot of people say this dinner has gone bananas in terms of too many celebrities. what are you seeing? >> that's the fun of it for me. this is one of my favorite events every year. i covered for cnn for so many years and now i'm doing it for "entertainment tonight" this year. actually, you would think that maybe the celebrities would come
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in and have their chest puffed out a little bit. what i find is they are so geeked out and excited to meet the folks that work here every day in washington, even more so than the political folks are excited to meet them. so i think it's really fun to see them excited and nervous and trying to figure out who they're going to talk to. i have to tell you tonight, i would want to be at the disney table because it's going to be a wild, crazy table, the cast of "blackish" and the cast of "scandal" all together at one table. tonight, anthony anderson from "blackish" told me at the white house easter egg roll, he got, in his words, politely escorted from the white house. he said, you know, there's nothing like when a secret service agent grabs you and says, this way, mr. anderson. apparently he found a spot in the white house he was not supposed to be in. and got a little lost in the
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wrong place, and they escorted him out. >> i think it's so funny, just interesting to watch this obsession with d.c. dramas. like "house of cards" and "veep" and you name it. "scandal." do you think that -- i guess what is your read on the fascination of hollywood with washington? >> well, you know what? i think number one, i'm one of those people who is fascinated with that kind of collaboration. i think that here, you really actually see some of the stars from these shows getting ideas, because those shows are all ripped from the headlines. there is definitely a fascination, there's definitely a collaboration. we do see some of it all hyped up and getting bigger and bigger. but i love it, because i really do think that some conversations that are had inside there tonight, we do see play out on television. i've had several conversations tonight with people, some of the guys from "scandal" and other
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shows saying, do you have certain people you're going to target and talk to, to get ideas? i say yeah, absolutely. it's all in fun, and you know what? we love a good drama. what's better than political drama? peter hamby is sitting over here next to me like, yeah, you're right. >> i just wish there wasn't so much drama in getting anything done and accomplished in congress. but yeah, you're right. >> oh, come on, poppy, we wouldn't have anything to talk about 24 hours a day on cnn if that happened. >> no one could say it better. and now you can say it. thank you. have a great time tonight. it's been said the difference between salad and garbage is timing. timing is everything, and it's going to be everything tonight. comics probably live by this creed. d.l., president, good comedic timing? >> i think anthony anderson should have got kicked out of
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the easter egg hunt. timing is everything. he does have a captive audience. nobody will heckle him. he can't get fired. he has -- he's not walking a tight rope without a net. and i think jokes resonate, and the backdrop is set to score. >> and d.l. wants to hit some issues like what's happening in baltimore. so what we've done is we've pulled together some of the best from over the years. >> how about the president's performance tonight, everyone? [ applause ] it is -- it's amazing that you can still bring it with fresh, hilarious material, and my favorite bit of yours is when you said you would close the detention facility at guantanamo bay. that was a classic. that was hilarious, hilarious. still going.
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mr. president, you have to admit, and you already have, the launch of healthcare.gov was a disaster. it was so bad. it was bad. look, i don't even have an analogy, because the website is now the thing that people use to describe other bad things. they say things like, i shouldn't have eaten that sushi, i was up all night healthcare.goving. that latest johnny depp movie really healthcare.goved at the box office. look at my new rug. you can't get healthcare.gov out of shag. >> mr. president, i know you won't be able to laugh at any of my jokes about the secret service, so cover your ears, if that's physically possible. we learned the president's favorite steaks are rib eye and
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seeing eye. it doesn't matter if you're black like president obama, or white like president obama or red like president obama's agenda. remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of better tomorrow? that was hilarious. >> so it's not a strong field. and who knows if they can beat you in 2012. but i tell you who can definitely beat you, mr. president. 2008 barack obama. you would have loved him. [ applause ] so charismatic, so charming. was he a little too idealistic? maybe. but you would have loved him. i have to say nothing is more depressing about politics than the fact that adult is now a compliment. adult is only a compliment to a child. i'm so proudacted like an adult. i'm glad i brought you to my boss' house for dinner.
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and congress, there are a lot of things that you want us to be impressed by that we are not impressed by. we are not impressed that you sat next to each other at the state of the union. you want to know what the rest of americans call sitting next to a person with different political views? thanksgiving. >> tonight we mark the end of an era. george buw. bush leaves in eigh months, the vice president is leaving. >> nothing satisfies you. everybody asks for personnel changes, so the white house has personnel changes. and then you write, oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the "titanic." first of all, that is a terrible metaphor. this administration is not sinking. this administration is soaring. if anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on
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the "hindenberg." >> rosie o'donnell was the president's first choice to be here this evening, and she withdrew, citing a nasty and brutal confirmation process. [ applause ] i wasn't even the second choice. dennis miller was the second choice, but he got hung out by an illegal nanny technicality. but isn't that what the confirmation process is about? weeding out the trowuly qualifi to get to the truly available. >> can we talk about jon stewart's hair? he looked amazing right there. d.l. hughley, you were asked to host during president bush and you said no, because they wanted to see your jokes. >> right. i don't think you would be able to tell jokes like -- >> colbert did. >> he did and you saw how people didn't laugh.
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but i love that he attacked obama's signature, that healthcare.gov, they had 176,000 people. the fact that he could take it so well and the fact that he really -- that is his signature -- >> he didn't take that one well. >> he took it well. i thought he took it very well. >> he looked a little unnerved. >> the idea that you can take people to task for the things -- listen, regardless of what people think about that, that is what this president, that is his signature piece of legislation. >> if you were headlining tonight, what is your opening line? >> i probably couldn't say it here. >> why? this is cable. not trying to get anyone in trouble. >> i would definitely say something about black lives matter. to me, i just think that the backdrop, the juxtaposition of them having this kind of event and people -- and i thibaunk
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baltimore is a metaphor for what is happening. >> people are talking about this online. >> it's so interesting, because people -- i'm moderating what people are chatting about. they're using the same hash tag everyone is using, but they're talking about baltimore. one says the red carp is happening at the same time freddie gray protesters are fighting with police in riot gear 35 miles away in baltimore. so this is what people want to hear about and what people are talking about or making sure to use the same hash tag, because they want to be part of that conversation. >> it's important. i want to get to the red carpet to briana keilar, peter hamby, john fabro. >> i'm joined now by a special guest, kate anderson brower, whose new book, which is a scintillating work inside the white house to the men and women over the decades have served the
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president. it goes to number one on "the new york times" best seller list. so congratulations. >> thank you. it's kind of like a "house of cards," the butlers, the maids, the chefs, you know how they interact with the first family at the white house, the human story. >> you were a white house correspondent and this is how you came up with the idea. tell us about that. >> i was a white house correspondent for bloomberg news for several years. i came up with the idea when i was at a lunch with michelle obama, and it was all very, you know, it was in the old family dining room on the state floor of the white house, a room that you rarely get to see as a white house correspondent. a butler was coming in and out serving her, and she clearly had a rapport with her. it made me wonder who are these
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people? and it is the supporting cast of the white house. >> how far back did you go? >> i started with the kennedy administration. some of these people started during eisenhower's administration. a few of these butlers have passed away in the past few years, when i started my research, but they are really the only people left who remember what the eisenhowers and the kennedys were really like. i think that's very important to talk to them. >> not to get too in the weeds on the hollywood aspect of your book, but have you been able to glean any sense of why kevin spacey is so fascinated by washington? he really loves this. in every cutaway shot, he's having a great time. >> it's great fodder for a dramatic series. the fact that there are heez human relationships. we know very little what the president and the first family are like. even "house of cards," you can see a lot of that interaction with the butler standing this and the president and the first
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lady arguing, and them witnessing this silently and not revealing any of this. they're very discrete. it makes a perfect tv series. >> so back to the dinner here. you've been to a number of these dinners, and we pulled up a picture of one of your favorite moments that just shows how weird things can get. >> it's amazing. i invited general richard myers to the dinner and they sat us, strangely enough, next to pamela anderson. the two of them chatted all night. >> about what? >> military strategy and things like that. >> of course. >> her son was like fascinated with it. he had a great time. he was absolutely -- >> of course he did. >> that's what happens at these dinners. you have like this -- that's the juxtaposition of these celebrities with these serious officials. that's what makes it so interesting. >> also, she would have an
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interest, you know, you would think she's an actress and that's probably her wheel house, but he's interested in the military. >> all of us have found when you talk to actors or celebrities, athletes who come here, again, like a lot of people in d.c. are jaded about this event, but people come here with wide eyes. you could be a famous correspondent, you could be someone who works at the white house. you could be just a joe schmo producer. hollywood and washington just want to figure each other out. >> she was doing something for peta at the time, but i think a lot of the celebrities come here as tourists and they see it with fresh eyes and they're excited by it, which makes me more excited about it. when you live here, you do get kind of jaded. but it is a fascinating place to
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be. >> we're going to head back to poppy in new york. special thanks to kate anderson brower for talking, and congratulations. fabulous news about your book "the residence," that it goes to "the new york times" best seller list. number one tomorrow, poppy. >> i got to have kate on my show a few weeks ago. she sets the bar so high. >> no big deal. >> congrats, kate. that's awesome. next, we'll talk about the woman headlining the night, cesily strong. i know she is preparing. >> she is, everyone is buzzing about her. there are a couple of pictures that were just posted. there's one from "saturday night live" where it's a picture of her and the obamas. and then there's another one, and i love this puppy. it's a behind the scenes look at her practicing her lines. if you look closely, you can see
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the obamas in the background. so you can tell she's probably a little nervous, but she's prepping. >> she told me when i interviewed her that she found out like six months ago about this gig but tried not to prepare until just a few weeks ago because it was way too much pressure. can you imagine the weight of that on your shoulders? we are just moments away from this program and cesily strong and the president speaking. we'll dip in as soon as that begins. but also, we'll hear from her, you know, the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party. my interview with cesily strong, next. ♪sweet, sweet ♪so st. thomas nice♪ ♪so nice, so nice ♪st. croix full of pure vibes ♪so nice, so nice ♪st. john a real paradise
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welcome back to our special coverage of "the white house correspondents' dinner." for years, it was male only, a male-only event. even though the correspondents association of course allowed women. that changed in 1962, and tonight is another big night for the ladies, as the dinner welcomes comedienne cesily strong. no pressure standing alongside the leader of the free world. none, none at all. >> he goes first. >> "saturday night live" superstar cesily strong. she's this year's queen of the nerd prom. the belle of the beltway ball. and she has the toughest job in this room, packed with celebrities and journalists.
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>> people are angry, seth. society is angry. sometimes it's not angry enough. open your eyes, people. war, hunger, diseases. it's like, pick one. >> hosting "the white house correspondents' dinner" is a job some have turned down. it's a job of awkward moments -- >> the launch of healthcare.gov was a disaster. >> and fighting words. >> i believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least, and by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in iraq. >> you said some people encouraged you not to do this. why? >> i think, no offense, it's sort of known as a tough room. when it was made public, a lot of people were like, congratulations. i think i would just go like, thank you. >> let's face it, fox, you'll
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miss me when i'm gone. [ laughter ] it will be harder to convince the american people that hillary was born in kenya. [ laughter ] >> you won't be writing any of the president's jokes? >> he's not getting my jokes. i'm sure he's fine. i need the help. he can write my jokes. >> the story of how she got here is remarkable. do you pinch yourself? >> oh, constantly. snl was a dream job. >> three years ago, she was touring with the second city comedy troupe, and okay she says with being poor forever. and then in her native chicago, she caught the eye of loren michaels. it's been three years now? >> yes. >> what was the most like when it sunk in? >> i think it's still sinking in. the 40th was another moment for us. we were all crying, i can't
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believe it, if i look to my left and right, there's just these true heroes and legends and to get to be on the stain with them is super overwhelming. >> boundaries have been tested. >> i hope his kidneys fail. how about that? he needs a good waterboarding, that's what he needs. >> the question is, how far will cesily strong go? >> i don't think i've ever been known as a real envelope pusher jokes wise. i would hope not to hurt -- i don't want to be mean. i would rather be funny and of course, i'll have a couple pointed remarks. but hopefully it's all funny. i would hope it's funny. it's funny to me. >> she says she has so many more things she wants to barely accomplish. >> given the state of washington these days, what's fair game? >> i mean, i think there's a lot going on that's a little bit silly. >> name one.
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>> oh, gosh. well, i think -- right now we've got the presidential election coming up, so there's a lot of poem that are really fun targets. >> over the last five years you people were so good over tax cuts, wmd intense, the effect of global warming. we americans didn't want to know and you had the courtesy to not find out. >> stephen colbert in 2006, really pushed the envelope. >> yes. >> some people loved it, some hated it. >> i loved it. i will not be that, though. it's different circumstances and i think he's incredible, and i don't know. i think even is just different. but i was a big fan. i thought that was incredible. >> you have said that you think everyone in d.c. is pretty much a drunk -- >> because of "house of cards." bill clinton said 99% of it is true. >> her former weekend update castmate seth myers hosted the
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dinner in 2011 and has been helping cesily prepare. >> what happened to you? when you sworn in, you looked like the guy from the old spice commercials. now you look like louis gossik senior. >> if something is not hitting with the crowd, i can of be like, well, those jokes aren't working. but those are the ones i like to push harder then. that's the difference between seth and i. >> she's only the fourth female comedienne to take on the task in the 80 plus year history. >> what's nice is it doesn't feel like such a big deal to me right now. i think with having amy and tina doing so much, it's such a great time for women in comedy right now, and women are so strong in comedy and strong comedic voices right now, it feels like, of
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course there would be a woman. like why no t >> to help her prepare, we thought a pit stop to "the situation room" was in order. can you say hello to wolf blitzer? >> no. >> please. >> this isn't my writer. i will not speak to wolf blitzer. >> any advice for me? >> be yourself. be happy, enjoy it. we're there to have fun. >> yeah, that's true. i've got a good support team there. >> all the fame hasn't gotten to this funny girl's head. >> but it doesn't feel like a huge deal. >> but it is a huge deal, and it's about time another woman graces that podium. >> she's going to be amazing tonight. stay tuned for cesily strong, as you can see there on the bottom of your screen, they are kicking
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>> welcome back to our special coverage for president obama to address the people in the room and sesly strong to speak. we'll go to the red carpet. they say, brianna, that reggie was president obama's body man, right? and i always think it's funny. what does that actually mean? >> yeah, what does that mean? and quick plug, because you write all about it in power forward, my presidential education, which is out in february and you can purchase now. but what is a body man? is that a bodyguard? no. >> ironically, when you see a guy who's 6'5" trailing the candidate for president, they automatically assume you're secret service. many times i'm like, no, it's like the other clint eastwood looking guy next to me that's secret service. but it's a personal aide. you're the guy who's just trying to make sure the train's running
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on time, shehe's got what he ne to be the best candidate or president. >> so he needs a mint, you have a mint. he needs his speech, you have his speech. are you thinking of every last little thing? >> sometimes it's something small like mint or hand sanitizer, and sometimes it's the teleprompter's not working or, you know, you never know. >> or you could be moving him along to the next thing. >> no, he's like a hard guy to move along. >> since this is about the media, like tonight, you get to be a fly on the wall, you have been a fly on the wall with him. what is his media diet? does he actually watch, like the political news coverage of him? like does he read the clips? is he watching? >> he's on cnn all the time.
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all the time. >> four hours of "the situation room." >> there's only two, jon favreau. >> seriously, does he watch this stuff, or is he watching sport center? >> like any good student of their job, they got to be aware of what everyone's saying. so you got to take in all of the stuff that's out there, but you don't digest it. >> reggie, it's poppy harlow in new york. >> hey, poppy. >> joining the party from afar. i wanted you to look at these videos, because we know you're pretty good at shooting hoops and we know the president likes to shoot hoops. so here's the first video released by the white house. all right? >> i better be not getting my shot blocked. shocking, nothing but net over and over again. so he makes every shot. and there he makes another. but reggie, here's the video
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where he's open to the press. >> we don't actually have the video, poppy. >> sounds awesome. >> so we need an accurate description of it. [ laughter ] >> this next video, he made 2 of 22 when it wasn't edited by the white house. so how good actually, a, on a funny note, was the president at basketball and b, how many times did videos like this that you released get edited to make everything look kind of perfect? >> oh, come on, there's no fooling the media. one, the president is a very good basketball player. he probably can't keep up with lebron james, but i'm pretty sure he can out-compete all the guys at cnn. but i will say that that was a pretty, that easter egg roll shooting performance was tough. he's had some tough performances, some bowling outings that weren't great. >> he made a joke at one of the
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dinners, said he got 2 out of 22, that was tough. and then the people said, what's your secret? [ laughter ] >> you worked together for years. you have the dirt here on reggie. so why don't you pose -- >> don't put that on me. >> no, no, mutually assured destruction. >> well, i will tell you, jon was the nicest guy to me when i moved to d.c. in 2006. i didn't know anybody. i was a staff assistant. and jon was open arms, open heart, showed me around the city. and glad he's back. i'm sad he moved to the west coast. >> fun to be back now. >> and give us a sense of, i know, speaking of basketball, you had a terrible basketball injury before one of these dinners once? >> i did. i got 12 stitches from a basketball game the night before the second correspondents dinner -- no, first correspondents dinner that he
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was at. and it was from my brother. my brother's forehead literally hit me in the chin and split it wide open, and i think that night i bled all onto my tuxedo. >> was the president like, get it together, man? no. >> no, he said it was better you than me. >> now he plays golf and not as much basketball. >> no stitches in golf, that i've heard of. [ laughter ] >> better watch out, it's possible, poppy. >> playing it safe, reggie love, thank you for joining us. we'll get a quick break in, because we are getting ready for the president to speak. when he does, we want to bring it to you live. our special coverage of the washington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. h dinner continues after a quick break. iashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. tashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. eashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. ashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. oashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. ashington correspondents dinner continues after a quick break. hashington correspondents
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together, or is there any way in the middle that the two can meet. look, i think if you're a reporter and you're doing your job, you're trying to get more access. that's what reporters are always going to do. they're always going to want to ask more questions. that's great, that's their job, but i think that the white house always makes sure that the president gives press conferences, a reporter will stand up and ask four or five hard questions and the president will have to answer it. i think he takes plenty of
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questions. >> i wanted to ask you this question. 2 in reading about you, i'm fascinated you were 27 when you took the job to be the top speech writer for the president. and then making the decision to leave. he didn't want you to go. he sensed that you wanted to be a screen writer and go to hollywood and do that. if you can take us a little bit inside the mind of the president on a night like tonight, i know he's very involved in his speeches often times, always wants to be self-deprecating, does he get nervous? what is he doing preparing? >> he doesn't get nervous. he actually really likes delivering jokes. he's got great comedic timing as you've seen over the last couple of years. he doesn't pay too much attention at this until maybe the week before. he ad libss himself, and changes lines. practice practices his timing
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and has fun with it, so i think it's great. >> yeah, we did this poll on the show tonight and people by far thought he was the most funny of the past three presidents. all right, we're going to get a quick break in. have a great time tonight p thanks for hanging with us. and right now, you're seeing scholarship winners getting scholarships, handed out by the first lady. we'll take a quick break as we wait for the president to speak. these days you may be hearing more about data breaches in the news. it's possible your personal information may be at risk. research shows that if your information is compromised due to a data breach, you are 6 times more likely to become a victim of identity theft. now is the time to get protection. sign up today and lifelock will begin monitoring your personal information, including your social security number, alert you about suspicious activity, and if needed, take steps to help restore your losses.
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now that's disgusting. i want friends over! you want friends over? >> the weirdest, but also maybe one of the most fun moments at the white house correspondents
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association dinner came when president obama was doing his mock richard sherman rant, and used me as the guy giving him guff. so that was fun and something of an honor. >> seattle seahawk cornerback richard sherman is here tonight, and he gave me some great tipss on how to handle it. jake tapper, don't you ever talk about me like that. i'm the best president in the game. what do you think, richard? was that good? a little more feeling next time. >> and jake tapper will continue to put the heat on politicians as the new host of cnn's state of the union. guys, welcome back to our special coverage of the white house correspondents dinner as we await hearing from president obama and seeing how funny he is this year and who his jokes are
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pointed at this year. what do you think the president will open up with this year and what do you think he should focus on? >> well, i think he should -- the last time i went was in 2009. the points where he went beyond the expected jokes, the political jokes, he took some digs at the press, which really didn't go over all that well. it gets back to what you're supposed to do. this is one of these rare moments where you can stick the knife in and say some things that you wouldn't normally be able to say as president in the course of normal conversation. and i thought it got a real ruffle throughout the crowd and he said, oh, yeah, that's not funny, right? >> as dl says, you want to make him a little uncomfortable. >> yeah, this is taking longer than the bruce jenner press conference. >> press conference? it was a two-hour special last night. >> no, to me, i love the idea, and i think that even you alluded to this. i love the idea of somebody
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taking a snapshot of what's really happening and showing it for people to see. because i know we've said this ad nauseum, but as we're waiting for the president and the event to start, we know that what's going on in baltimore, and i really think that that's a place where a lot of people in the country really are concerned. >> absolutely. let's talk about it. you're watching what people are saying on social media. >> yeah, it's interesting, because much of the conversation is, you know, talking about, hey, everyone's wining and dining and this is happening 50, 60 miles away. so you can't ignore that. you know there's so much tension happening over there and so many influential people in this room. so i would love nothing more than maybe president obama to say something about that. >> well, especially after the baltimore situation, the death of freddie gray and yesterday the police chief of baltimore saying, he didn't get the medical attention he should have
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gotten, when he should have gotten it. and you have people incredibly angry at that as well. ta tara, how do you think that should be addressed, if it is addressed tonight? and do you agree with d.o.? >> well, i don't think it will be addressed tonight, because that's not what tonight is supposed to be about. if the president injects that level of politics into this, i think it could -- >> well, how is that politics? >> well, it's a local issue right now, and it's something that i think that, it's an ongoing investigation. there's still -- every time the president injects himself in these kinds of things, it usually comes back to haunt him. so play it safe, wait to see what's going on and then address it later. >> i would just say, baltimore is not really a local issue. you're talking about ferguson on, staten island, eric garner.
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>> if i could make a different point on media coverage and play my role as a skunk at the garden party tonight. >> you're not a skunk. >> but i will say, and i'll probably get kicked off set for saying this, but we have to admit that we're sort of part of the problem here, if we're saying it's not about white house correspondents, is it about scholarships? they've been talking about that stuff on stage for the past hour. we haven't covered that. i understand why, i'm sure that viewers might tune out. that's maybe the sad reality of it. i think christie parsons was talking about a -- >> actually -- >> these are important issues that we should be paying more attention to. >> so two things, we are talking about it, but i hear your point, absolutely and you address it well in your documentary. as you mentioned with "the washington post," they have a hash tag, free jason, because their bureau chief has been in
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prison in tehran for months on end, not even knowing the charges against him. so they're doing it in that way. are you saying we should not be covering this at all? >> i guarantee you, if you flip the channels, i'm sure everyone else is skipping the scholarship portion. >> not c-span, they're airing it all. >> the head of the white house correspondents association. >> that's right. i know she was planning to making important remarks about the importance of white house correspondents, these are things that american people need to know about. so i would encourage the networks to turn their cameras on that. don't kick me out. >> you have touched on that and pushed back with the people in the administration or former administration officials about that lack of access, and i think that's something that cannot go
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without being discussed. we were talking during the break about how it's traditional for imagery to be controlled, but not like the way it is here in this administration. they put journalists -- that's major garrett, right? >> we're still showing our viewers, just so you know what we're looking at. some of the awards that are being handed out to fellow journalists. brianna keelar got one of these last year. do you think that the average viewer, do they even know this is a dinner about access for journalists? >> i do not believe that they do know that. i don't mean to be kind of the bearer of bad news. >> we got a skunk and a bear. [ laughter ] >> but that's why we talk about it and raise awareness for this kind of thing. we talk a little bit about online and controlling the message and how that's been bad,
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but looking at twitter now and being able to see people are angry about something, they're beginning to talk about it, it's beginning to go viral. that's the power of social media, which is really interesting. even as a journalists, you can use these kind of tools and something interesting and great can happen. so people might not know that this event is for this, but they can certainly learn about it. >> we can certainly talk about it, and it's a fun event, and there are lots of great content coming out of it. >> i think that the press is very important, obviously. it is a tentative american life. but i think, when i, the only reason that politics matter to people is how it affects their life. and there's not a more stark example, and at the risk you've been a skunk, you've been a bear, i'll be the black cat. there's not a more stark example of how people affect people's lives, when you watch these things, as a black man, with a
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black son who might get stopped by the police. i think it's a national issue, even if the perception by one community that it's rampant and one that it isn't, this is what politicians are there to do, to have an impact on people's lives. to me, to watch these things happen over and over again, and to see nothing significant come from it, and to have people who are in a position to say something about it not, especially at a time when everybody's looking at it, particularly the press, is to me a failing on what this event is about. >> i wouldn't beat up on ourselves too much. this is always about choices. you have to make a decision. what are you going to do with this two hours of time? cnn made its decisions and is sticking to its plan and so forth. 12 people were arrested. baltimore police have tweeted that. you can find that out. you can find the live feed, if you want to watch what's going
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on. the people are keeping people in camden yard where the orioles game is winding down. >> we don't have that confirmed. >> but this is what i'm seeing on twitter. so you can find out what you want to find out. and something else is going on, the most powerful man in the world is going to tell some jokes. it's an odd set of circumstances, but it was odd when he told jokes on the day that they were killing bin laden. we don't control a lot of this stuff. we make our best choices and we'll catch up, people will be informed, find out about the scholarship winners, and what happens in the streets of baltimore by this time tomorrow. >> we're continuing to watch some of these scholarship winners who are getting their awards. like to get your take, patrick, on what the year has been like for you making this documentary. i don't know if we have any clips of it that we can show as we talk, but what has it been like for you? you went to this and criticized
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yourself for asking really lame questions and not being the journalist that you were proud to be at this event, so what sparked you to make the documentary and what was the process like in terms of the access to cover it? >> i decided to do it because i don't know if america knows, but this is washington's biggest event every year, which struck me as odd, because it's a town built on representing others, built on civic mindedness, and yet you probably don't see that right now on the tv screen. that's an event about self-celebration, not about celebrating people around the country. for me, there's this attitude in washington, to my movie and also to this event. most people would tell you, it's over the top and it doesn't reflect that well on us, but it's just a dinner, who cares, you're over-analyzing it. and that's a big problem. washington, d.c. reporters and journalists alike have a 10% approval rating. so we're not in a position to start not caring about our biggest moment every year, reflecting poorly on us. if we're ever going to get the
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approval rating up, and get the respect of americans, we have to have or biggest moments every year reflect well on us, to be about serving others, not ourselves, and doing well by others, instead of by ourselves. >> let's listen to chrissy parson, the head of the white house correspondents association about to introduce the president. >> mr. president, we appreciate your presence here and we recognize it as your affirmation of the importance of the free and adversarial press. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me, raise a glass in a toast to the president of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> the podium is yours.
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>> the president, often criticized for his caution, is now doing things his own way. >> he's cut a climate deal with china, issued an immigration order. we'll see how far he can take it. ♪ i don't care ♪ i love it ♪ i don't care ♪ i love it ♪ i love it ♪ i don't care ♪ i love it ♪ i don't care ♪ i love it ♪ i love it ♪ i don't care ♪ ♪ i love it [ cheers and applause ] >> good evening, everybody. welcome to the white house correspondents dinner. the night when washington celebrates itself. somebody's gotta do it. and welcome to the fourth
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quarter of my presidency. it's true, i -- [ laughter ] -- that was michelle cheering. fact is, i feel more loose and relaxed than ever. those joe biden shoulder massages, they're like magic. [ laughter and applause ] you should try one. oh, you have? i am determined to make the most of every moment i have left. after the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, mr. president, do you have a bucket list? and i said, well, i have something that rhymes with bucket list.
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[ laughter and applause ] take executive action on immigration, bucket. new climate regulations, bucket. it's the right thing to do. my new attitude is paying off. look at my cuba policy. the castro brothers are here tonight. welcome to america, amigos. que pasa? what? it's the castros from texas? oh. anyway, being president is never easy. i still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto
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threats, negotiate with iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day. [ laughter and applause ] which is strenuous. and it is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. i look so old john boehner's already invited netanyahu to speak at my funeral [ laughter and applause ] meanwhile, michelle hasn't aged a day. [ applause ] >> i asked her what her secret is. she just says fresh fruits and
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vegetables. it's aggravating. fact is, though, at this point, my legacy is finally beginning to take shape. economy's getting better. 9 in 10 americans now have health coverage. [ applause ] today, thanks to obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance, if you lose your job. you're welcome, senate democrats. [ laughter ] no, look, it is true, i have not managed to make everybody happy. six years into my presidency, some people still say i'm arrogant and aloof, condescending. some people are so dumb. no wonder i don't meet with them. and that's not all people say
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about me. a few weeks ago, dick cheney says he thinks i'm the worst president of his lifetime. which is interesting because i think dick cheney is the worst president of my lifetime. quite a coincidence. everybody's got something to say these days. mike huckabee recently said people shouldn't join our military until a true conservative is elected president. think about that. it was so outrageous 47 ayatollahs wrote us a letter trying to explain to huckabee how our system works. it gets worse. just this week, michele bachmann actually predicted that i would
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bring about the biblical end of days. [ laughter ] now that's a legacy. that's big. [ laughter and applause ] i mean, lincoln, washington, they didn't do that. i just had to put this stuff aside. i've got to stay focused on my job. because for many americans, this is still a time of deep uncertainty. for example, i have one friend, just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year and she's now living out of a van in iowa.
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meanwhile, back here at our nation's capital, we're always dealing with new challenges. i'm happy to report that the secret service, thanks to some excellent reporting by white house correspondents, they're really focusing on some of the issues that have come up, and they finally figured out a fool-proof way to keep people off my lawn. [ laughter ] it works. it's not just fence-jumpers. some of you know a few months ago a drone crash-landed out back. that was pretty serious, but don't worry, we've installed a new state of the art security system. [ laughter ] you know what, let me set the record straight. you know, i tease joe sometimes, but he's been at my side for
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seven years. i love that man. he's not just a great vice president, he's a great friend. we've gotten so close in some places in indiana, they won't serve us pizza anymore. i want to thank our hosts for the evening, the chicago girl, the incredibly talented cecily strong. [ applause ] "saturday night live," cecily impersonates cnn anchor brooke baldwin, which is surprising, because usually the only people impersonating journalists on cnn, are journalists on cnn.
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abc is here with some of the stars from their big new comedy "blackish." it's a great show, but i have to give abc fair warning. being blackish only makes you popular for so long. trust me. there's a shelf life to that thing. as always, the reporters here had a love to cover in the last year, with the east coast, one big story was the brutal winner, the polar vortex, they renamed it msnbc. but of course, let's face it, one reporter on everybody's minds, 2016, all right we've
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seen some missteps. turns out jeb bush identified himself as hispanic back in 2009. but, you know, i understand. it's an innocent mistake. it reminds me of when i identified myself as american back in 1961. [ laughter and applause ] ted cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like galileo. now that's not really an apt comparison. galileo believed the earth revolved around the sun. ted cruz believes the earth revolves around ted cruz. and just as an aside, i want to point out, when a guy who has his face on a hope poster calls you self-centered, you know
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you've got a problem. the narcissism index is creeping up a little too high. meanwhile, rick santorum announced that he would not attend the same-sex wedding of a friend or loved one, to which gays and lesbians across the country responded, that's not gonna be a problem. don't sweat that one. [ laughter ] and donald trump is here. still. anyway, it's amazing how time flies. soon the first presidential contest will take place, and i for one cannot wait to see who the koch brothers pick. it's exciting. marco rubio, rand paul, ted
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cruz, jeb bush, scott walker. who will finally get that red rose? the winner gets a billion dollar war chest. the runner-up gets to be the bachelor on the next season of "the bachelor." i mean seriously, a billion dollars from just two guys. is it just me, or does that feel a little excessive? i mean, it's almost insulting to the candidates. the koch brothers think they think to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people. got to hurt their feelings a little bit. and i know i've raised a lot of money too, but in all fairness, my middle name is hussein. what's their excuse?
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[ laughter and applause ] the trail hasn't been easy for my fellow democrats either, as we all know hillary's private e-mails got her in trouble. frankly, i thought it was going to be her private instagram account that was going to cause her bigger problems. [ laughter ] hillary kicked things off by going completely unrecognized at a chipotle. not to be outdone, martin o'malley went completely unrecognized as a martin o'malley campaign event. [ laughter and applause ] and bernie sanders might run. i like bernie.
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he's an interesting guy. apparently some folks want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the white house. we could get a third obama term after all. [ applause ] could happen. anyway, as always, i want to close on a more serious note. you know, i often joke about tensions between me and the press, but honestly, what they say doesn't bother me. i understand we've got an adversarial system. i'm a mellow sort of guy. and that's why i invited luther, my anger translator, to join me here tonight. [ applause ] >> hold on to your lily white
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butts! >> in our fast-changing world, traditions like the white house correspondents dinner are important. >> i mean, really! what is this dinner! and why am i required to come to it! jeb bush, do you got to do this! >> because despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues of the day. >> and we can count on fox news to terrify old white people with some non-sense! [ indiscernible ] it's ridiculous. >> we won't always see eye to eye. >> and cnn, thank you so much for the wall-to-wall ebola coverage. for two full weeks, we were one step away from the walking dead. then y'all got up and just moved on to the next thing. that was awesome. oh, and by the way, if you haven't noticed, you don't have
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ebola! >> but i still deeply appreciate the work that you do. >> y'all remember when i had that big old hole in the bottom of the gulf of mexico, and then i plugged it? remember that? which obama's katrina was that one? was that 19 or was it 20, because i can't remember. >> protecting our democracy is more important than ever. for example, the supreme court ruled that the donor who gave ted cruz $6 million was just exercising free speech. >> yeah, it's the kind of speech like this, i just wasted $6 million. >> and it's not just republicans. hillary will have to raise huge sums of money too. >> aw yeah, she gonna get that money! she gonna get all the money!
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watch out! woo! >> the non-stop focus on billionaire donors creates real problems for our democrat i. >> and that's why we're running for our third term! >> no, we're not. >> we're not? who the hell said that! >> but we need to focus on big challenges like climate changes. >> hey, folks, if you haven't noticed, california is bone dry. it look like a trailer for the new mad max movie up in there. y'all think that bradley cooper came here because he wants to talk to chuck todd? he needed a glass of water! >> the science is clear, the science is clear. 9 out of the 10 hottest years ever came in the last decade. >> now i'm not a scientist, but i do know how to count to ten.
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>> rising seas, more violent storms. >> you got mosquitos, sweaty people on the trains stinking it up, it's just nasty! >> i mean, look at what's happening right now. every serious scientist says we need to act. the pentagon says it's a national security risk. miami floods on a sunny day and instead of doing anything about it, we've got elected officials throwing snowballs in the senate. >> okay, i think they got it. >> it is crazy! what about our kids? what kind of stupid, short-sided irresponsible bull -- >> whoa, whoa whoa, whoa! >> what? >> hey! [ applause ] >> what! >> all due respect, sir, you don't need a anger translator. you need counselling.
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and i'm outof here, man. i ain't trying to get into all this. >> go. [ applause ] >> he crazy. >> luther, my anger translator, ladies and gentlemen. [ applause ] >> now that i got that off my chest, investigative journalism, explanatory journalism, journalism that exposes corruption and justice gives voice to the different and the marginalized, the voiceless -- that's power. it's a privilege.
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it's as important to america's trajectory, to our values, our ideals, to anything we could do in elected office. we remember journalists we lost over the past year, like steven sotloff and james foley, murdered for nothing more than trying to shine a light into some of the world's darkest corners. [ applause ] we remember the journalists unjustly imprisoned around the world, including our own jason razan. for nine months, jason has been imprisoned in tehran for nothing more than writing about the hopes and the fears of the iranian people, carrying their stories to the readers of "the washington post," in an effort to bridge our common humanity. jason's brother ali is here tonight and i have told him
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personally, we will not rest until we bring him home to his family safe and sound. [ applause ] these journalists and so many others view their work as just a profession, but as a public good. an indispensable pillar of our society, so i want to give a toast to them. i raise a glass to them and all of you, with the words of the american foreign correspondent dorothy thompson. it is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives. thank you for your devotion to exercising our liberty and to telling our american story. god bless you. god bless the united states of
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america. [ applause ] >> president barack obama delivering his remarks, opening with a lot of jokes, including his anger translator coming out and then turning and taking a much more serious note, talking about journalists, american journalists, who have lost their lives, james foley, steven sotloff, trying to shed light into the darkest corners, talking about the importance of the media especially in the world today. also talking about the wauth post journalist imprisoned in tehran, whose brother is there. we'll wait for cecily strong to speak. let's get your reactions. >> in the words of the president, bucket. i like that. i thought it was edgy, it was biting, it was what a lot of it what i hoped another comic would do. but it was hilarious. i thought he took some real shots at some people.
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>> did he go as far as you wanted? >> of course well, not as far as i wanted, but he took some zingers at some people in the room. >> i'm interested in your take in what's resonating what's most online? >> people love the anger management. you know, but i loved at the end when he kind of brought it back and talked about the power of journali journalism. >> and the responsibility. >> and the responsibility. if we look at everything that's happened over the past year, i've never been prouder to be a journalist, when you look at what's happened. paris with the attacks and the people overseas that have lost their lives. i love that he came back to the idea of the responsibility. i thought he did a very good job as a comedian. a very funny comedian. >> as someone who's tracked the president, is that what he typically will do in the end? >> yeah, but never to that
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recollection. he's never done a separate toast to the entire washington press corps and gone to that length, almost in an emotional fashion, so that was great to hear from him, for sure. >> it was interesting how much he focused on campaign finance. >> yes, yes. to talk about money and politics, this is a guy -- >> to that extent? >> -- who has raised no small amount of money. >> and who is supporting hillary clinton, and they want to raise $2.5 billion. >> well, the koch brothers are going to dub somebody as the leader, at least on the financial side, when it comes to the republican nomination. that is extraordinary. it's unusual. it deserved comment and i'm glad he mentioned it. >> although i heard tara saying, plenty of money going to the democrats too. >> i thought it was ironic that the president who raised 1.3 billion or something like that, but the president has good
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comedic timing. some of the shots were very, very biting. but i do, let's just put it in perspective, why he addressed the journalism aspect of this toward the end, a, because he's been criticized resoundingly by the white house correspondents association for the lack of access. and this is justice department went after james rosen of fox news, they were bugging his parents e-mail, investigating leaks, what happened with james risen, there was a blatant attack, spying on a.p. reporters. so these things happened under this administration. then you had two journalists beheaded by isis over the summer, and for him not to address that, it was a way of them trying to smooth that over and giving a hat tip because of all of the tragedies that have happened under this administration. >> we'll keep talking about it, but right now, they're introducing the woman of the
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evening, cecily strong from "saturday night live." [ applause ] >> okay. phil feels right to have a woman follow president obama, doesn't it? good evening, i'm cecily strong. you may know me from "saturday night live," or as the ethnically ambiguous girl from every college brosh your. i'm sort of a mash-up of all the people in hillary clinton's announcement video. i'm also the first straight woman to host this in 20 years, so we finally made it, straight people. [ laughter and applause ] where my heterosexuals at? now i do need to say something here. just because i'm a woman, doesn't mean i'm going to go easy on you, people. i'm going to go easy on you
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people because my brain is smaller. [ laughter ] i feel very lucky to be here. last year's host, joel mchale, proves that speaking at this dinner is an amazing opportunity that can take you from starring on a show on nbc, all the way to starring in that same show, but on yahoo. i took amtrak here. it was way more luxury thious ti thought. did you know they had massage seats on those trains? all you need to do is sit in front of joe biden. those hands don't get tired, somehow. i hope everyone enjoyed dinner. we tried to get memory's pizza to cater this event, but they heard bernie frank was going to be here. thanks a lot, bernie.
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we could have had that world famous indiana pizza. i can make that joke about indiana, because i'm from illinois. the white house correspondent dinner say chance for all of you to unwind, relax, and laugh as soon as you notice someone slightly more powerful than you is laughing. feels so weird to be up here, and okay, i promise, since i'm only a comedian, i'm not going to try to tell you politicians how to do politics, or whatever. that's not my job. thad be like you guys telling me what to do with my body. i mean, can you even imagine? [ cheers and applause ] now tonight's event is being broadcast on c-span, so to some viewers watching at home on c-span, hello. but to most viewers watching at home on c-span, meow.
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[ laughter ] now, if you don't know how to find c-span, you just press the guide button on your remote and then hit page up until your thumb cramps up. hey, c-span, i just want to do a camera check real quick, okay, camera one -- and that's it. that's all the cameras. it is great to be here at the washington hilton. it's something a prostitute might say to a congressman. the washington hilton, you guys, man, if these walls could talk, they'd probably say clean me. you know, it's crazy to think that our president is right here in the ballroom of the washington hilton. and it's even crazier to think
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that our vice president is right now in the ball pit of a washington chuck e. cheese. but seriously, the washington hilton is great, and i bet that when the president walked in and saw all those bell hops, he thought, finally, some decent security. no, it's okay. i'm just kidding. because let's give it up for the secret service. yeah. [ applause ] i don't want to be too hard on those guys, because they're the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot. are you saying boo, or are you saying true? tonight brings together so many different ways of delivering the news, but you're all in this together, from the networks at the front, to the internet and cable in the back, all the way
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to the incredible print journalists who are bussing the tables. [ laughter ] msnbc is here. i love msnbc. you know, even their call letters are long-winded. just a great variety of shows. rachel maddow, locked up abroad, lack-up raw, lock-up suv, lock-up espan yol, lock-up bloopers. so many prison documentaries, they're making ed schultz get a tear drop tattoo. fox news is here. they're losing a lot of viewers lately and may they rest in peace. that's nice to say. that channel is all hot blonde ladies and old dudes. it looks like a party scene from "weekend at bernie's," and you got to give it up for cnn. it's just comforting to know
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that whenever a big story breaks, i can turn to cnn and watch anthony bourdain eat a cricket. huffington post is here, way to go on that partnership with aol. everyone in my chatroom won't stop talking about it. buzzfeed is here. but i can show you a list of 17 reasons why they shouldn't be. and you guys, don't forget, "usa today" is here. of course they're only here because they were slipped under the hotel door. now that's "usa today" unless today is saturday or sunday. [ laughter ] npr is here. [ cheers and applause ] they're right at the front. npr had a lot of success with podcasts which answers the
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question, what would it be like if somebody gently whispered an episode of "dateline"? and sarah, i'm so sorry, you weren't able to get your plus one out of jail in time. must be so pissed about the jinx. it's serial but with an ending. next season, pick someone who definitely did it, like amanda knox. there's dna on the knife, you guys. nbc is here. even us at "snl" got criticized this year for making fun of isis. now, i think that's unfair. if anyone is guilty of taking isis too lightly, it's him. and what can i say about brian williams? nothing, because i work for nbc. [ laughter and applause ]
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there's so many stars from so many great shows here, we are really in a golden age of television, you know, but i have to say, i still see so many negative portrayals of black and gay people out there. i mean, it's 2015, and we still have tv characters like don lemon. it's ridiculous. cast of abc's "blackish" is here, which i think is very inappropriate after the way they treated those whales at sea world. some of the casts of the epic fantasy series "game of thrones" is here and they it will me that even they have never seen this many nerds before. naomi campbell is here. you're lucky hillary clinton is not here, because if you threw your blackberry at her, she would just delete everything right off of it. hillary clinton said that she
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used her private e-mail because she didn't want to use more than two devices. if that sounds familiar, it's because it's also one of the rules from the sex contract in "fifty shades of grey." >> some of the cost of "downton abbey" is here, thanks to a joanerojoa generous donation from the constituents of aaron shack. speaking of aaron shack, you might notice i'm a little tan. i just got back from the most fabulous trip that aaron took me on, and i brought my instagram photos to show with you. so you're probably familiar now with this picture of shack surfing in hawaii. can you widen that a little. yeah, see, there's me. by the end, i didn't even need a surf board. i just used aaron's abs. then we went diving into this cool swimming pool that he had built. it hurt when i landed. oh, and here's me and aaron
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skydivin skydiving. aaron said he made his own parachute out of some gifts his constituents gave him. isn't that so sweet? oh, and here we are at the eiffel tower in paris. paris is so beautiful. mr. president, you should really think about going there sometime. i hear the weather is nice in january. now here we are on our trip to california. we must have done this for hours and hours, just so much wasted water. fun. here we are at aaron shack's own dinosaur island. and here we are after hunting the dinosaurs. wait, is that brian williams? you weren't there. what are you doing, you rascal! oh, man, aaron and i, we just had so much fun, and no, i know what you're thinking, but it was not romantic.
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it was strictly a friendship trip, he reminded me every day. thanks for those couple, you. but just because aaron shack resigned doesn't mean there are not any smoking hot congressmen left. i mean, looking out tonight, i see so many 10s. well, washington 10s, so new york 4s, indiana 30s. senate minority leader harry reid is retiring after serving more than 30 years in congress. a lot of people don't know this. harry reid was a boxer before he spent five years as a punching bag. one of my favorite things that happened in congress this year was when senator jim inhofe brought in a snowball to prove that climate change isn't real. i mean, that blew my mind, i didn't even need to see the other science projects. first prize, jim.
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dang! you brought science to life, man! so cool. senator tom cotton got 47 other senators to sign an open letter he wrote to iran. and i guess the most surprising thing is that a guy named tom cotton is a u.s. senator and not a rabbit from an old racist disney cartoon. oh, please brar bear don't throw old tom cotton in the briar patch. [ laughter ] now in tom cotton's defense, he was just trying to repair america's strained relationship with israel. but he doesn't need to worry about that. our relationship will be better in the next administration just as soon as israel makes a generous donation to the clinton foundation. true.
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now, it's been a great year for women, as always. this year, representative from hobby lobby said they didn't want to pay for employees' health care if it covered things like contraceptives, which is weird, because all i asked him was which aisle is the yarn in. i went there this morning and got the cutest basket to hold all my morning-after pills. veto barbieri asked if gin clolgs could be conducted by a woman swallowing a camera, but they can't, and now veto and his wife have ruined a perfectly good gopro. president obama came out in support of putting women on money, as opposed to the dea agents who prefer to put money on women. so much to talk about this year, but of course the big story, the
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republicans finally succeeded and obama is being forced out of office in 18 months. you did it! and there's so many great people have already announced they're running for president. who should i even vote for? hillary. marco rubio. who's better than marco rubio? hillary. and rand paul, who is more knowledgeable about foreign policy than rand paul? hillary. and the economy, who's better on the economy than hillary? bill. hillary campaign slogan is, it's your time, which is what i assume she says into a mirror while she's dead lifting 200 pounds. i'm excited about hillary running. though i'm not sure she's excited about having to run. i think she feels the same way meryl streep feels when she's asked to audition for something. are you kidding me? you're making me go through -- i mean, you know i'm gonna win.
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all right, guys, this next part is a repeat after me. i need your help here. i want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this election season. okay? i solemnly swear not to talk about hillary's appearance -- >> not to talk about hillary's appearance. >> -- because that is not journalism. [ cheers and applause ] also, cecily strong looks great tonight. now, i don't want you to take any of this as an endorsement for hillary clinton, because i would never dangerous a candidate i don't play on "snl." but she has her work cut out for her, her democratic challengers are a who's who of who's that? jim webb, lincoln chaffy, silas
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phelps, peter welk. >> the last two were characters from the adventures of huckleberry finn, but you didn't even notice, did you? how about that. and let's not forget martin o'malley. oh, i don't have anything to add. that's just his actual campaign slogan, let's not forget martin o'malley. lincoln chaffy thinks he can enter the race is like watching a dog look for its dead owner. like, oh, he doesn't know. lot of people want elizabeth warren to run for president, but many think she's too idealistic and her proposed policies are too liberal. but look at president obama, people thought the same thing about him, and he didn't end up doing any of that stuff.
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now the republican field is diverse, including people like ted cruz, a tea partier and rand paul, a republican, and people like chris christie, who's a democrat. jeb bush is probably in the race, the presidential race, not the hispanic race, that was an accident. jeb is an acronym for john ellis bush i guess he thought that sounded too elitest. kind of like in benedict cumberbatch decided to go by skeeter. marco rubio's running for president. when jeb bush found out, he said adios mio. i just hope marco gets comfortable in front of a camera before he has to go on tv to endorse jeb.
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that one! chris christie has said if he's elected president, he would crack down on states who have legalized marijuana, because he believes marijuana is a gateway drug, so like a bridge to other drugs, and he wants to shut down that bridge. oh, no, i'm just checking. new polls show that chris christie's approval ratings in new jersey are an all-time low. the only thing they approve of last is was the mannequin guy would date your sister. ted cruz, it's like the right weng thought, what's the exact opposite of a black president? how about a canadian latino who will never be president? no, it's true. he was born in canada, a child of cuban immigrants. i kind of can't believe he wasn't in hillary's announcement video. harley ferreeno is considering running for president.
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seems like a lot of work just to be a fox news pundit. rand paul has announced he's taking over the families not being president business. and yes, that's rand as in he didn't get elected, but at least he rand. paul's a libertarian. just a republican that you have to block on twitter. rand paul's campaign slogan is, defeat the washington machine, unleash the american dream. the american dream, of course, is the model name of rand paul's wig. well, enough talk about 2016. let's talk about the most important person in the room, my leader, the person i'm so glad is in the white house, michelle obama. [ applause ] now, michelle, you take care of that garden while you can, because in 18 months, you know bill's turning that thing into an above-ground pool.
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but seriously, michelle obama, what an amazing woman, a harvard educated lawyer, a fierce advocate for lgbt rights and the founder of the let's move campaign to combat childhood obesity. it's a dream to sit next to you, but it's a nightmare to eat next to you. actually, i have a confession. you know when i got up to go to the bathroom for like 20 minutes? i hit a cheese pizza behind the toilet in there, and i ate it. i'm sorry. and of course, mr. president, thank you so much for taking time away from being on jimmy kimmel to be here. it's amazing to be seated with the president, having this fancy dinner, and i know this must have cost a ton of food stamps, so thank you. i can say that, because a lot of you probably don't know this, but president obama and i actually grew up together in chicago. i remember when we used to go
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down to the cab reiny green basketball courts, i'd lace up a pair of jordans, he'd slip on a pair of my mom's jeans and we would just miss three-pointers until sundown, when of course we'd have to stop and pray to mecca. but those were simpler times. now you got problems with congress, with putin, with israel. you said it yourself, we can't solve these problems by holding hands and singing cumbaya. that's the village in africa where the president was born. am i saying that right -- cumbaya? after six years in office, your approval rating is at 48%. not only that, your gray hair is at 85%. your hair is so white now, it can talk back to the police. [ laughter and applause ] we'll high-five about that
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later. president obama, i bet you wish you were coming into office in 2016, instead of 2008? probably should have let hillary fix the economy for the last eight years, then it could be you running away from her successful presidency. you know, mr. president, you probably get this a lot, but you're a lot like madonna. you've both given this country so much, but in like a year and a half, you got to stop. mr. president, it was a true honor to be here tonight, and thank you to the white house correspondents association, whatever that is. but i do, i have to finish up, because the exterminators need to get into this room. i've got a bathroom pizza to finish. so thank you so much and goodnight. [ applause ] >> all right, my team here is clapping. let's go around the room. how did she do? >> she did a great job. >> what did you like the best?
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the gray hair? >> i mean, that was easy. i loved the police joke. i loved it. >> laurie? >> i thought she went there a little bit. i thought it was good. you know, i wasn't laughing out loud the whole time, but i thought she got some good zingers in. >> i was laughing out loud at the michelle obama vegetables joke and no one here was laughing with me. >> it was edgier than i thought. i think even before you, she was like, i didn't want to hurt any feelings. >> she told me she wasn't going to be mean. >> she took it there. good for her. >> mean to some of the candidates. it was great to hear. this is not a place where you have to pay undue respect to them, so she didn't bother. >> was it even-handed? >> yeah, she was equal opportunity mean, which is always good, to see a little balance there. i thought the part on aaron shock went on a little long, the congressman who had to resign
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for financial impropriety, but other than that, she did a good job. it's a tough audience, so good for her. >> it is a tough audience. final thought? >> good, successful night. this is what we all expect to see, which is, they can kind of go back and forth, and it's just just the daily hustle institutional back and forth. >> what i loved when cecily strong said make the press swear that we're not going to talk about how hillary clinton looks because that's not journalism. i would say that for all the candidates. focus on the issues. we'll take a break, and when we come back, we'll go to the red carpet and give you the must-see moments from tonight. also what you thought of president obama's speech tonight. was it funny? noto funny? still time to sweet your answers, tweet them with the hash tag cnn vote.
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♪ >> welcome back to our special coverage of the white house correspondents dinner. the president just spoke. cecily strong just spoke. let's take a look at some of the highlights from president obama tonight. >> i am determined to make the most of every moment i have left. after the midterm elections my advisers asked me, mr. president, do you have a bucket list? and i said, well, i have something that rhymes with bucket list. [ laughter and applause ] take executive action on
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immigration. bucket. [ laughter and applause ] new climate regulations. bucket. it's the right thing to do. [ laughter ] and my new attitude is paying off. look at my cuba policy. the castro brothers are here tonight. welcome to america, amigos, que pasa? what? it's the castros from texas? oh. hi. anyway, being president is never easy. i still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day.
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[ laughter and applause ] and it is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. i look so old john boehner's already invited netanyahu to speak at my funeral. meanwhile, michelle hasn't aged a day. [ applause ] i asked her what her secret is. she just says fresh fruits and vegetables. >> and that was just the beginning of it. let's go back to the red carpet there at the white house correspondents dinner with brianna and peter. how did he do? >> i thought he did pretty well. and talking to jon favreau who has been so instrumental in doing a lot of the president's jokes throughout the years, it
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was interesting. you said that a lot of people have input, but that bucket list joke doesn't -- >> yeah, it was someone who was working on the speech, a friend of theirs had the joke and the president kind of ad libbed and adding some of it, immigration, bucket. climate, bucket. it was his. i love that joke. >> so it's a really sort of organic process? >> yeah, whatever ends up being the funniest, we include it in the speech. >> and you never get tired of the muslim, kenya jokes? >> you can always do kenya socialist, not born in america, and they always work every year. >> i thought it was incredibly creative they had the guy from key and peel. i've never seen that before. i've never seen the president out there and have somebody else come. >> and he kept a straight face. >> and obama kept a straight face the whole time and it was hilarious. >> the president has been a fan
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of the show so when he agreed to come, he was really excited. >> i thought it was important the issue he went off on was climate change. i thought it was brilliant. >> it was also interesting, i think, especially this is important to note, just 30 myles from where we are right now, this is some ground celebration, but 30 miles from us, you have protests in baltimore over the death of freddie gray while he was in police custody. and seeing what we've seen this year when it comes to race and law enforcement, that was an issue that played heavily and cecily strong's number. let's listen. >> after six years in office, your approval rating is at 48%, not only that, your gray hair is at 85%. your hair is so white now it can talk back to the police.
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>> she gets a laugh, but it's about taking something that's really in the news right now and sort of tapping in to people's awareness of it. >> it's clearly an issue we're dealing with right now as we're speaking here. even though you're making light of it at dinner, like it's an important issue. >> what do you think, dan? that issue comes up. it's a serious issue. she's getting a laugh out of it and sort of tapping into people knowing that this is something on everyone's minds. >> you know, for a long time, president obama really tried to. >> -- tried to avoid talking about race. increasing as the country grapples with these issues, he's willing to talk about it more. i thought that was one of her best jokes. people left and right, they got the joke. what's going on in baltimore, it's a tragedy because of the tragedy of this man's death as well. we've got to do a better job. i thought she did a great job nailing it tonight. >> poppy, what was your favorite
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part? >> my favorite part was what cecily strong went there, because when i interviewed her, she told me she wasn't going to be mean and that there's a lot of ridiculous things to make fun of in washington, like the lack of getting a lot done. and she talked about the religious freedom laws, but she went there on so many jokes. she went there and her delivery was impeccable in my non-comedian's opinion. i thought she did a great job. i do want to play this sound for our viewers. just a little bit of one of her best moments of the night. >> who should i even vote for? hillary. it's marco rubio, who's better than marco rubio? hillary. and there's rand paul, who's more knowledgeable about foreign policy than rand paul? hillary. and then there's the economy.
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who's more knowledgeable on the economy than hillary clinton? bill. it's your time, which is what i assume she says into a mirror when she's dead lifting 200 pounds. i'm excited about hillary running. but i don't think she's excited. i think she feels like meryl streep when she's asked to audition for something. are you kidding me? you're making me go through -- i mean, you know i'm going to win. this next part is a repeat after me. i want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this election season. okay. i solemnly swear not to talk about hillary's appearance because that is not journalism. [ cheers and applause ] >> i solemnly swear not to talk about hillary clinton's appearance. good on her for doing that one. final take-away from the night.
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>> i love that she actually talked about some of the things that matter. i love that president obama -- when we sit around at the barber shop, we go, you know he has to be having them moments where he -- >> he wants to bucket. >> and tonight he did a lot of that. you saw that even with the key and peel thing which is always a funny bit, when he does it by himself, but juxtaposed with the president -- >> he had the angry face the whole time. >> he was nailing it. and at the end, black people all over the country want to see a little righteous indignation and i think under the auspice of a funny night, it was great to see. >> what did people like and hate online? >> i think everybody loved obama's speech. everyone thought it was hilarious. some people loved, hated cecily. i think either way, they said funny things. i thought it was a pretty good show. >> here's what you thought. let's look at the poll results. we asked what you thought of the president. let's pull it up.
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wow. 90-10. and i always have to say, it's a non-scientific poll by the way. i guess he knocked it out of the park, according to you guys. what's your take-away? >> she whe was great. it's interesting to look at the jokes that he chooses not to laugh at. the only one i saw him not laugh at were the jokes about the secret service because they protect him on a day-to-day basis. so i thought he thought that was the kind of joke that the president should not be seen laughing at, and he didn't. >> who was funnier? 35% cecily strong. president 65%. he's had seven shots at that, and this was her first. >> the secret service joke was striking, because that's when she went into the black lives matter issue that is big in the nation, big in the room and nobody else went near it. and she said secret service is the only law enforcement agency that can get in trouble if a
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black man gets killed. >> she said she probably wasn't going to talk about race relations, but he does go there. and as d.l. was saying, he's glad she did. quickly, one minute left, your take? >> i thought this year was funnier than last year, but i think that i was saying this to d.l. during the break, i think it was tough for cecily to follow the president the key and peel sh tick because it was so funny, never been done before that i'm aware of, where you had two comedians competing for the laughs with that, and it's a tough act to follow after the president anyway, but i think that was a little tough for her, which is probably why it was reflected there, 65/35. but overall, i think it was a pretty good night. >> it was a fun night. guys thank you for being here. i had a blast. my friends in d.c., brianna,
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peter, jon favreau, reggie, you guys were great. have fun at the parties for both of us, please. thank you all for spending your night with us. for special coverage of the white house correspondents dinner, much more after this. >> the red carpet is over, the show is about to begin, and the president's ready with his zingers. who's he got his sights on this year? you're about to find out. >> tonight, hollywood's hottest celebrities are sharing the spotlight with washington, d.c.'s biggest star. >> hello, mr. president. >> we're giving you a vip invitation to the most exclusive party of the year in the nation's capital. >> i was impressed. >> join a-list celebrities and hollywood stars as they wine and dine with

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