21 of the best jokes from the Clinton, Bush, and Obama White House Correspondents dinners.


The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is an opportunity for the politically strong to showcase their ability to take a farce. Naturally, Donald Trump won’t croak near it.

For the second straight year, Trump won’t be in attendance for the dinner. Not exactly known for his ability to poke fun at himself or smile along, it procreates sense that he wouldn’t want to be there for an evening that both undercuts and exaggerates the press’s presumably adversarial affair with our nation’s governors.

While the happening itself dates back more than 100 times, it wasn’t until 1993 that C-SPAN originated airing the whole event live. Since then, humorists, such as Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Wanda Sykes, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers, have made the stage to jab at the politicians and the press — all in good entertaining.

Let’s look back at some of the funniest and most brave laughters from past White House Correspondents’ Association dinners, make use of celebs and politicos alike .

Larry Wilmore in 2016 made poking at the oblivion of C-SPAN and a failed promise .

“It is good to be on C-SPAN. Glad I’m not on your challenger network, ‘No input, HDMI1. ‘”

“Oh, I just got a note from the president saying that if you require another alcohol, you should prescribe it now because the bar will be closing down. Of trend, he said the same thing about Guantanamo, so you have at least another eight years.”

Comedian Larry Wilmore hosted in 2016. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/ Getty Images.

During his final dinner in 2016, President Obama starred in a video seeing life after the White House .

In 1995, Conan O’Brien pled loyal C-SPAN observers to please find something else to do on a Saturday night .

“I have an announcement for those of you watching this event live on C-SPAN. For God’s sake, it’s Saturday night! Go outside! … There are things you can do! “

President Bill Clinton chortling during the course of its 1996 event. Photo by Ted Mathias/ AFP/ Getty Images.

The show must go on, as they say.

Last year’s host was Hasan Minhaj, who shrivelled the president with a comparison to King Joffrey from “Game of Thrones.” This year, the happening will be hosted by Michelle Wolf. It’s sure to be as awkward as ever — and it’s still pretty strange to recognize the written press scratching shoulders with the same politicians their jobs require them to criticize. But with “the worlds” as night as it is right now, perhaps we do need to really find a way to laugh.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/ Getty Images.

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