Obama and Kimmel joke about gay marriage and DADT at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
At last night's, 28 April, White House Correspondents’ Dinner President Barack Obama offered a tongue in cheek vision of his plans if he gets a second term.
The yearly black-tie event brings together Washington, D.C. elites from the worlds of politics and media. For one night, spats over public policy are replaced with gags and jokes.
In his routine, the president mocked himself and his presumptive adversary, Republican Mitt Romney.
'Anyway, it’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper.'
Obama noted that 'Don't Ask, Don't' tell was repealed in his first term, but promised something more if he gets reelected.
'In my first term we repealed a policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In my second term we will replace it with a policy known as "It’s Raining Men."'
Comedic guest for the evening, Jimmy Kimmel, had a go at Sen. Rick Santorum's opposition to same sex unions.
'You know, it's one thing to oppose gay marriage. It's another all together to do it in a sweater vest.'
The comic also zinged former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
“Newt I have a question. How can you be against gay marriage when you yourself are the son of two gay parents? The Michelin and the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.
Kimmel ended the gay marriage section of his routine with a philosophical puzzle.
'I don't understand politicians who are against gay marriage. I don't understand anyone who's against gay marriage. When you really think about it, aren't all marriages kind of gay? I mean, as a man when you get married essentially what you're saying is, "I will never touch another woman as long as I live. Now let's put jewelry on each other and dance."'
Both speeches can be found at C-SPAN.