Black-Tie Affair

Obama Jokes About His Celebrity

President Obama kept an amiable tone as the guest of honor at Friday night’s 65th annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner. During the black-tie affair attended by journalists and politicians—although not quite on par with the celeb-friendly “Nerd Prom” held months ago—he poked fun at his trip to Cairo: “I'm sure you've all seen the pictures of Rahm on that camel. I admit, I was a little nervous about the whole situation. I said at the time, 'This is a wild animal known to bite, kick and spit. And who knows what the camel could do?'" And the overt devotion of members of the media didn’t go overlooked: “Why hang out with celebrities when I can spend time with people who make me one?" said Obama, before he somberly thanked broadcasters for their truthful coverage of the news—including the ongoing disputed presidential election in Iran. On a lighter note, Daily Show contributor and “I’m a PC” commercial guy John Hodgman ribbed Obama about his nerdy tendencies (Dune, anyone?).