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Take My Wife - Obama’s standup at Radio and TV correspondents dinner

By Staff writer / June 20, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama attends the Radio and Television Correspondents dinner in Washington.

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We give Obama about a C+ for attitude Friday night at the 65th annual Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner. He just didn’t seem to want to be there. But he did get off some pretty good lines. And the way he laughs at his own jokes, Chris Rock-style, makes even the bombs funny. Here are some of his best lines, courtesy of

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-- I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to tell jokes that weren't funny enough for me to use when we did this five weeks ago. (Laughter.) Whatever. (Laughter.) The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list. (Laughter.) I'm just joking. For me, there's no contest. Why bother hanging out with celebrities when I can spend time with the people who made me one? (Laughter.) I know where my bread is buttered.

-- I have to admit, though, it wasn't easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought. (Laughter and applause.)

-- It's good to see a number of hardworking correspondents here tonight. Journalists like Chuck Todd. I think I spotted Chuck over there somewhere. (Applause.) At this dinner, Chuck embodies the best of both worlds: He has the rapid-fire style of a television correspondent, and the facial hair of a radio correspondent. (Laughter.)

-- Mika Brzezinski is here, I believe, in the house. (Applause.) Mika and I have a lot in common. We both have partners named Joe who used to be in Congress and don't know when to stop talking. (Laughter.) And happening now: Wolf Blitzer is here. (Applause.) He's ... the only other man in America with his own Situation Room. (Laughter.) People assume that mine is cooler, but this is not the case. As hard as we've tried, we have not been able to generate the bandwidth necessary to turn Larry Summers into a hologram. (Laughter.)