President Obama at White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Complete Video.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 4, 2010
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We’ve covered the comic-fest that is the traditional White House Correspondents’ Dinner since Stephen Colbert spoke truth to power at the height of the debacle that was Dubya.

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This just happened tonight: enjoy. I particularly liked when President Obama briefly got serious at the very end, about the role of truth-seeking journalism as the foundation of democracy, and the importance of listening to sources other than those that agree with us all the time.

‘For all the changes and challenges facing your industry, this country absolutely needs a healthy, vibrant media. Probably needs it more than ever now. Today’s technology has made it possible for us to get our news and information from a growing range of sources; we can pick and choose not only our preferred type of media but also our preferred perspective. And while that exposes us to an unprecedented array of opinions, analysis and points of view, it also makes it that much more important that we’re all operating on a common baseline of facts … every single reporter in this room believes deeply in the enterprise of journalism.”

My one complaint: who the hell invited Jay Leno.


Complete video via CNN:

You can click here to watch complete video on CSpan, as I did.

The best ever—it was more than a roast, it was a rare moment of seeing the truth spoken in front of an insulated, powerful President:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “President Obama at White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Complete Video.”

  1. Doug says:

    He was great…funny and humble too. He’s got good comic timing and yet is inspiring.

  2. DarrinYES says:

    from a pure comedy perspective – he killed it. Relevant and compelling themes; willing to job but not below the belt; timing was spot-on for his dry delivery-style; knows how to wait for the next set-up. Awesome job, Mr. President!

  3. Well, Leno being there gave Obama the chance to make a couple good jokes at his expense (I particularly liked the one about not wanting to come on after him). Other than that…would've been much cooler if he'd gotten Conan.

  4. Lasara says:

    That's my president!