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President Biden speak at first White House Correspondents’ Dinner Since 2019 Saturday night, he has mocked his low popularity rates and the Republican slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” targeting him. Some of his jokes are more funny than others.
“I’m really excited to be here tonight with the only American group that has a lower approval rating than I have,” he added.
After joking about the Republicans, he said they “look like they support a guy named Brandon,” referring to the “Let’s Go Brandon” chant adopted by conservatives to ridicule him. “He’s having a really good year. I’m happy for him!”
The president, who at 79 is the oldest commander-in-chief in US history, also joked about his age, noting that the first Correspondents’ Dinner was during Calvin Coolidge’s presidency in 1924.
“I just got elected to the United States Senate, which I remember telling Cal, ‘Just be yourself, get up and speak from the heart,’” Biden said. “You’ll be great, boy.”
The president also threw some punches at one of his favorite targets: the former President Trump.
He noted that it was the first time that a president attended the dinner in six years. President Trump has not attended during his presidency and has been canceled for the past two years due to the coronavirus.
It’s understandable. We’ve had a terrible epidemic followed by two years of COVID,” Biden joked with laughter and applause from the room, clearly referring to Trump as a “plague.”
He said it would have been a “real coup” had his predecessor attended dinner on Saturday night.
Continuing to mock Republicans, the president said, “There’s nothing I can say about the GOP that Kevin McCarthy hasn’t already recorded,” referring to leaked tapes cited by the New York Times that showed the Republican House leader criticizing Trump.
Finally, Biden spoke of the importance of a free press, which he described as “essentially American.”
Comedian Trevor Noah introduced, saying that, unlike in Moscow, the host of the “Daily Show” could make fun of the president without going to prison. After he got on stage, Noah joked that it was a big compliment from the president because he could make his speech without getting caught.
“I just stood here tonight and mocked the President of the United States and I’ll be fine,” Noah said at the end of his group, referring again to Russian journalists who had been arrested for telling the truth. “I’ll be fine, right?”