Hiller Instinct: Political jokes at the White House

Who says politics isn’t edgy, or fun?  Certainly not anyone who heard the president at the White House Correspondents dinner this weekend.

“After the midterm elections,” said President Obama, “my advisers asked me, Mr. President, do you have a bucket list? And I said, well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list. Take executive action on immigration, buck-et.” (laughter)

He took on Hillary Clinton:

“I had a friend that used to make millions…Now she’s living in a trailer in Iowa,” said the president.

And he had this for everyone who disagrees with him:

“Six years into my presidency,” said the president, “some people still say I’m arrogant and aloof, condescending. Some people are so dumb.” (laughter)

But, turnabout is fair play, and here’s one from the Mitt Romney memory bank where Obama is the target:

“President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said, ‘you’ve got to prove who you are.’ He said, ‘How should I do that?’ She said, ‘The other day Andre Agassi came in. And he didn’t have his ID either. He put a little target on the wall, took a tennis ball and racquet – hit it onto that target time and again. We knew that was Andre Agassi. So we cashed his check.’ And she said to him, ‘Is there anything you can do to prove who you are?’ and [Obama] said, ‘I don’t have a clue.’ (laughter) And she said, ‘Well, Mr. President, do you want your money in small bills or large bills?'”

I can laugh at them all, because I think they’re all funny.

But then I wonder:  Isn’t the joke on us?