President Obama made some fine zingers (as usual) at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, but this year he made some notably BLGT jokes that were particularly on mark.
He joked about his closeness to Joe Biden, his vice president, and of course both of them are married and heterosexual.
“The fact is, I feel more loose and relaxed than ever. Those Joe Biden shoulder massages, they’re like magic. (Laughter.) You should try one. Oh, you have. (Laughter.)
“You know what, let me set the record straight. I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years now. I love that man. (Applause.) He’s not just a great Vice President, he is a great friend.
“We’ve gotten so close, in some places in Indiana, they won’t serve us pizza anymore. (Laughter and applause.)”
Of course Obama was talking about the Indiana “religious freedom” law that would allow restaurants to refuse service to same-sex couples. One pizza parlor even raised money because of their homophobic comments about the law.
It’s obvious that Obama is not bisexual, nor is there any more to read into it, but it got a big laugh.
Other gay jokes he said included one about gay marriage:
“Meanwhile, Rick Santorum announced that he would not attend the same-sex wedding of a friend or a loved one. To which gays and lesbians across the country responded, that’s not going to be a problem. (Laughter and applause.) Don’t sweat that one. (Laughter.)”
Then, he discussed that the Republican candidates for office, and compared them to the romantic reality show “The Bachelor” and made fun of that.
“Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker. Who will finally get that red rose? (Laughter.) The winner gets a billion-dollar war chest. The runner up gets to be the bachelor on the next season of “The Bachelor.” (Laughter.) I mean, seriously, a billion dollars. From just two guys. Is it just me, or does that feel a little excessive? (Laughter.) I mean, it’s almost insulting to the candidates. The Koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people. (Laughter.) It’s got to hurt their feelings a little bit.”
Then, near the end of his speech, President Obama got “angry.” He brought in Luther, his “anger translator” (a character played by Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key, from the TV show Key and Peele), and then President Obama launched into a tirade against Congress and the media.