President Barack Obama has been showing off his talent as a comedian lately, and he is not pulling any punches when it comes to targeting critics across the aisle. Victims of the Commander-in-Chief’s vicious wit include Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann and Dick Cheney. These scathing remarks were made at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is an extravagant gala that naturally featured many journalists feasting alongside politicians.
Michele Bachmann’s name alone made the POTUS start giggling. His laughter was irrepressible as he declared, “Michele Bachmann predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that’s big! Lincoln, Washington… They didn’t do that!”
With ironic jokes about his legacy aside, the world leader’s swipe at the former vice president was more serious. After mentioning that Cheney declared him the “worst president” of his life, Obama pointed out that, coincidentally, he felt the same way about Dick. This sly joke referenced the generally accepted notion that President George W. Bush left governing up to his second-in-command.
Upon pointing out that Huckabee told Americans to avoid serving in the armed forces until a conservative is in office, Obama joked, “47 ayatollahs wrote a letter trying to explain to Huckabee how our system works.” The insult referenced 47 Republican senators who contacted Iran directly to protest the administration’s nuclear deal.
Obama clearly thought his own jokes were funny, which is especially proven by the fact that he could not keep a straight face the whole time. He even brought up the public’s perception of him as “arrogant and aloof.” To this, he responded, “Some people are so dumb!”