Ezra Klein airbrushes Obama joke about corruption at the White House Correspondents dinnner right out of the picture
[T]here were a lot of moments when Obama seemed to be subverting the rules of the evening in order to get away with telling harsh truths that he could later claim were just jokes.
“Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress,” the president said. “‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”
Everyone laughed. But do you detect an actual joke there? And lest you think I’m cutting the punchline, here’s Obama’s next sentence: “I’m sorry. I get frustrated sometimes.”
OK (again), so how about this one?
On the millions Sheldon Adelson spent to try to unseat him: “[OBAMA:] That’s Oprah money! You could buy an island and call it Nobama. Adelson would have been better off calling me up and offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But I’d consider it.”
See a punchline there?
It might not bother Obama much, but the hatred may be getting to his wife. Telling the story of Sheldon Adelson, the Mitt Romney donor who spent $100m on attack ads last year, Obama said: "You've got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money. You could buy an island and call it 'Nobama' for that kind of money. Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100m to drop out of the race. Michelle would have taken it."
I'm not sure which is worse. The open corruption, or shoving it off on Michelle.