Lighthearted Obama at White House Correspondents dinner
President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from "strapping young Muslim socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle Obama's, The Associated Press reports.
He used the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington to poke fun at himself, the media and some of his political foes, asking whether it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 4 1/2 years as commander-in-chief. Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda. Then he showed a picture of himself golfing on a mock magazine cover of "Senior Leisure."
"I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be," the president said to laughter in his dig at the media and some GOP adversaries.
But Obama's most dramatic shift for the next four years appeared to be aesthetic. He presented a montage of shots featuring him with bangs similar to those sometimes sported by his wife.
He said New York Times' Maureen Dowd had said he should be more like Michael Douglas in the movie "An American President," The Washington Post reports. Turning to the actor in the audience, Obama said: "Michael, what's your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy?"
Obama closed by noting the nation's recent tragedies in Boston and West, Texas, praising Americans of all stripes for serving the public good.
Last night's banquet, headlined by late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien, drew stars including the Giants' Victor Cruz and University of Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware; musicians Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend and Psy; actors Kevin Spacey, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm, Jessica Pare, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Kate Mara, Michael J. Fox, Nicole Kidman, Fred Armisen and Claire Danes; and entertainment moguls Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.