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Obama pokes fun at Romney at White House dinner

So who is funnier? Who can pull off a prank better? Voters are unlikely to have that on their minds when they vote coming fall. But the race has suddenly become all about gags. Yashwant Raj reports.

world Updated: Apr 30, 2012 01:24 IST
Yashwant Raj

So who is funnier? Who can pull off a prank better? Voters are unlikely to have that on their minds when they vote coming fall. But the race has suddenly become all about gags.


Barack Obama unleashed a string of wise-ones Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner as the Romney campaign strove to show their candidate can be funny too.

“What’s the difference between a soccer mom and a pit bull,” Obama asked. “The pit bull is delicious.” The joke was on his critics who have attacked him recently for trying dog meat.

That was the War over dogs that has been raging for a few weeks. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate, has been attacked for ill-treating his dog many years ago.

The war has given way recently to a War of Gags. Obama slow-jammed on a late night comedy show recently and the Romney campaign and some critics have been tut-tutting since.

“I understand Governor Romney was so incensed (about Obama’s slow-jamming) he asked his staff if he could get some equal time on The Merv Griffin Show,” Obama said. The Merv Griffin show ended in 1986.

Romney himself has appeared on two late-night comedy shows but he has had looked completely out of place, an image problem his campaign has vigorously tried to change.

Obama, on the other hand, has had easy success here. His White House Correspondents’ dinner jokes — his third so far — have gone on to become major Youtube successes.

Talking about himself and Romney, Obama said they were quite similar. Both thought the world of their wives. And both had degrees from Harvard. “I have one, he has two. What a snob.”