President Biden poked fun at his own low approval rating and called the Trump administration a ‘horrible plague’ as he cracked jokes and roasted the press at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
‘Tonight, we come here to answer a very important question in everybody’s mind. Why in hell are we still doing this?’ Biden quipped as he took the stage in the room full of journalists and D.C. insiders.
‘I know there are questions about whether we should gather here tonight because of COVID. Well, we’re here to show the country that we’re getting through this pandemic. Plus, everyone had to prove they’re fully vaccinated and boosted,’ he said. ‘Just contact your favorite Fox News reporter they’re all here vaccinated and boosted.’
He then addressed his historically low poll numbers for the first time, claiming that journalists were the only people who were less well-liked.
‘I’m really excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans have a lower approval rating than I have,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden poked fun at his own low approval rating and called the Trump administration a ‘horrible plague’ as he cracked jokes and roasted the press at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
Biden attended the event with First Lady Jill Biden (dressed in white) and took part in the roast of politicians and journalists alike before handing things off to the night’s host, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah (left)
Noah went on to immediately mock the large, maskless event taking place during the pandemic and took jabs at Biden
‘Well, that’s hard to say after what we just saw this the first time President attended this dinner in six years.’
‘Well that’s understandable – we had a horrible plague, followed by two years of COVID,’ the president added.
‘Imagine if my predecessor came to this dinner this year. Now that would really have been a real coup that occurred!’
Biden then turned his attention to Republicans, and the leaked tapes of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claiming he would ask President Trump to resign after January 6.
‘Folks, I’m not really here to roast the GOP. That’s not my style. Besides, there’s nothing I can say about the GOP that Kevin McCarthy hasn’t already put on tape,’ Biden said to a room full of chuckles.
‘At the same time, a lot of people say the Republican Party’s too extreme too divisive to control by one person. They say that’s not your father’s Republican Party. Ronald Reagan said Mr. Gorbachev, tear this wall down. Today’s Republicans say ‘Tear down Mickey Mouse’s house.’
And pretty soon they’ll be storming Cinderella’s castle. You can be sure that Republicans seem to support one fella. Some guy named Brandon. He’s having a really good year. I’m kind of happy for him,’ Biden said, referring to conservative rallying cry ‘Let’s Go Brandon.’
Biden then introduced comedian Trevor Noah, who is headlining the event, who mocked the large maskless gathering.
It is my great honor to be speaking tonight at the nation’s most distinguished super spreader events,’ Noah said. ‘No for real people. What are we doing here? Let’s be honest. What are we doing? Like did none of you learn anything from the Grid Iron Dinner?’
Dozens of high-profile attendees tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the exclusive media event weeks earlier.
‘Do you read any of your own newspapers? I mean, I expect this from Sean Hannity, but the rest of you What are you doing?,’ he added.
‘I spent the last two years telling everyone the importance of wearing masks and avoiding large indoor gatherings. Then the second someone offers you a free dinner you’ll turn into Joe Rogan. I mean, Dr. Fauci dropped out,’ Noah said.
‘That should have been a pretty big sign. Fauci thought it was too dangerous to come tonight. Pete Davidson thinks it’s okay,’ Noah said, pointing to Kim Kardashian’s date.
Kardashian and Davidson were among the biggest celebrities at the event, with other stars of note including Drew Barrymore, Martha Stewart, Chris Tucker, Michael Keaton and billionaire Melidna Gates.
Noah then turned his focus to the president.
‘As you all know, President Biden’s lack of a filter does get him into hot water sometimes, you know, last month he caused a huge international incidents saying that Vladimir Putin should be removed from power was very, very upsetting to Russia,’ Noah said.
‘So someone explained to them that none of the stuff Biden wants actually gets done.’
In late March Biden made waves by proclaiming Russian Leader Vladimir Putin ‘cannot remain in power,’ remarks that the Kremlin replayed on state TV airwaves as a personal attack on Russia.
‘I’m really excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans have a lower approval rating than I have,’ Biden said
Noah was the first comedian to headline the event since Michelle Wolf in 2018, when she sparked controversy with jokes about the Trump administration. Trump had never attended the annual event during his presidency
Noah also poked fun at Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson (left) who attended the event with Kim Kardashian
Noah enjoyed the night taking shots at politicians and journalist alike during the Correspondent’s dinner
Noah then turned his attention to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who is reportedly in negotiations with MSNBC for a contract after she soon leaves the White House.
‘The word on the streets is actually that Jen Psaki is going to MSNBC next month. Yeah. Yeah, apparently just being on C-SPAN the ratings are too high. And she wanted more of a challenge, you know, want to switch things up? She can’t laugh at that. Don’t put the camera on her.’
‘You know, moving to MSNBC is going to be a big switch for you because right now your current job is to make the Biden administration looks as good as possible, you know, at all costs. Now you’re going to be at MSNBC and you’re going to have to …. you’ll be fine actually,’ he quipped.
‘By the way MSNBC Can I just say you guys are doing great work. I love watching your shows you know when Trump was in office, your shows were all about how bad he was. And now that Biden’s in office, your shows are all about how bad Trump was. Consistency is important.’
Noah then poked fun at CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, who was caught masturbating on a work call.
‘We’re celebrating without you don’t get comfortable. Not too comfortable, Jeffrey Toobin, not too comfortable,’ Noah said. ‘No, you know what? No, don’t don’t do him a bunch of haters. You know what? So what Jeffrey, you made a mistake. You whipped it out in front of your coworkers.’
‘Where is Jeffrey Zucker?’ Noah asked, referring to CNN’s former head, who left after it was revealed he was having a relationship with a colleague.
‘Jeff got fired off because he tried to keep his workplace relationship secret, which is weird, because if he really didn’t want anyone to know about him, he could have just made a show about it on CNN Plus!’
‘I know I know. It’s so sad. CNN Plus gone, but forgotten,’ Noah added, referring to CNN’s now-failed streaming venture.
‘I blame John King. That’s true. Yeah, John, your magic wall can predict how every person in the country is going to vote in every county, but it couldn’t give you a heads up that nobody wanted more CNN,’ Noah added.
Biden was pictured chuckling as Noah roasted his administration and face-off with Russian President Vladimir Putin
The event features several celebrities making their way to the Washington Hilton. Actress turned TV host Drew Barrymore was pictured chatting with guests and taking photos with reporters as the dinner got underway
American singer JC Chasez (center) was pictured mingling with the night’s guests, including actor Kevin McHale (second from the left) and Choreographer Kyle Hanagami (right)
Celebrity chef Martha Stewart also attended the dinner event as a guest of DailyMail.com
American film director and actor Mario Van Peebles (left) was pictured with actor Chris Tucker
He then turned his attention to CNN’s gratuitous use of the ‘Breaking News’ banner.
‘My man over there, Chris, as the new head of news. His first order of business hire guy who knows how to turn off the breaking news banner. What happened with that they just put it on during the OJ chase and then never figured out how to get rid of it? The news is not always breaking!’
Noah also directed his wise cracks at Fox News, as he turned to the White House press corps: ‘Everyday you demand answers on the pressing issues of the day. And then Fox News asked about Hunter Biden. And I’ll be honest, though, I actually think that’s a good thing. I really do. I think people need to be held accountable if they’re using their dad’s name to get ahead in life. I can’t think of anyone better to ask about that than Peter Doocy.’
Doocy’s prominent role with the channel came after his father Steve Doocy joined the channel.
He then turned his attention to primetime host Sean Hannity, who is dating Fox host Ainsley Earhardt.
‘Sean Hannity and Ainsley Earhart’s actually dating now. Yes. And I actually think it’s beautiful to see an office romance of folks that won’t enter the $20 million settlement. Yeah. I’m sure whoever Roger Ailes is right now. He’s looking up and smiling.’
‘Laura Ingram – wow. What can you say about her that hasn’t already been said by the anti-Defamation League?’ Noah added.
Then came Tucker Carlson.
‘Tucker Carlson Are you kidding me? I mean, he’s a beast who else could fill an entire show each night asking questions that Google could easily answer.
‘Do vaccines work? Who really won the election? Who is the president right now? Is this America?’ Noah said.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) arrived at the event with his wife Evan Ryan
Also at the event was billionaire Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, wearing a cream-colored dress
DailyMailTV correspondent Alicia Quarles (left) appeared on the red carpet in a stunning golden dress joined with fellow DailyMail.com columnist Meghan McCain (right) in a sparkling black dress
Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump (left) attended with the Reverend Al Sharpton
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel (right) was at the event with his wife, supermodel Miranda Kerr White. Spiegel wore a black suit while white showed off a pink dress and diamond necklace
The comedian also took a minute to thank the reporters in the room for their duty as the fourth estate to make sure those in power are held accountable by the people, and noted that being able to roast a sitting president was a luxury afforded to him by America’s freedoms.
‘I stood here tonight and I made fun of the President of the United States, and I’m going to be fine,’ Noah said.
But, he made one last dig at Biden as he concluded the evening, referencing the U.S.’s frenzied withdrawal from Afghanistan.
‘Please be careful leaving tonight. This administration doesn’t handle evacuations. Well. Good night, everybody.’