This year marked 99 years for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner which features celebrities, politicians and others. The moment of the night is often awaiting the President’s execution of edgy comedic anecdotes sending the crowd and viewers into a laughing hysteria. With help from Daily Show writers, the President’s effortless and quick-witted delivery may garner him a job as a stand up comic in 2016. Here are some of the top liners of the evening:
“I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello?”“I want to give a shout-out to our headliner, Conan O’Brien… I understand that when the Correspondents’ Association was considering Conan for this gig, they were faced with that age-old dilemma: do you offer it to him now, or wait for five years and then give it to Jimmy Fallon?” A few seats to the president’s right, the TBS talk show host grinned sheepishly and mouthed the words, “I’m fine.”
“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate. Some of my former advisors have switched over to the dark side. For example, David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod. The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They actually thought the comparison was not fair— to Satan.”
Super-storm Sandy wrecked the Jersey shore and New York City six months ago leaving immense devastation and thousands of people homeless. There were 159 deaths due to power outages, carbon monoxide poisoning and accidents during clean up. Since that fateful day there has been remarkable progress, however, housing and tourism are still major issues. Businesses are also obstructed, homes are still gutted while awaiting federal and state authorities to decide on new flood maps and, generations of families remain separated as a result of dilapidated multiple family residences. Read more.
In an open letter to the public, Lauryn Hill talks about her recent tax woes and her new record deal with Sony. The former Fugees front woman won our hearts and conscience with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. The groundbreaking album sold 19 million copies,garnered five Grammy awards, and left fans craving more from L-Boogie. Since that time, she has given birth to six children and has been characterized as an elusive and troubled star.
I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.
The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).
Read the rest of Lauryn Hill’s letter.