Biden Roasts Trump at Correspondents' Dinner, Quips About 'Stormy Weather'

President Biden humorously highlights unity and differences at WHCD

by Zain ul Abedin
Biden Roasts Trump at Correspondents' Dinner, Quips About 'Stormy Weather'
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At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Joe Biden delivered a mix of sharp humor and serious reflections on democracy. He took playful jabs at his political rival, Donald Trump, amid a backdrop of laughter and applause from a distinguished audience.

"Donald has had a few tough days lately. You might call it stormy weather," Biden quipped, alluding to Trump's ongoing hush money trial. The president didn't miss a beat to lampoon Trump's reported nodding off during the proceedings, humorously dubbing him "sleepy Don." Biden's comic timing shone as he remarked, "Trump’s speech was so embarrassing, the statue of Robert E.

Lee surrendered again," drawing a wave of laughter across the ballroom. However, the tone shifted as Biden steered the conversation towards the grave issues facing American democracy and the indispensable role of a free press.

"The stakes couldn’t be higher," he asserted, emphasizing that every citizen is vital to safeguard democratic values. "In an age of disinformation, credible information people can trust is more important than ever. That makes you, the press, more important than ever," Biden stressed, acknowledging the journalists' critical role in a thriving society.

Biden's Age-Defying Jabs

The evening also featured a slick production with a 'Saturday Night Live' sizzle reel that depicted various portrayals of U.S. Presidents over the years, eliciting roars of laughter from the attendees.

A humorous video by Steve Kornacki detailing trivial yet amusing statistics about the event and a slightly controversial comedic act by impersonator Matt Friend, who mimicked Trump, was part of the night's diverse entertainment offerings.

Amidst the festivities, Biden boldly tackled the topic of age, a common ground he shares with Trump, with a spirited acknowledgement of their differences, "Age is the only thing we have in common. My vice president endorses me," he declared, securing resounding applause.

Biden closed his remarks on a lighter note, jesting about his frequent portrayal on 'SNL' by eight different comedians, "Lorne is a great friend who has eight comedians play me. Who the hell says I am not a great job creator?" The event not only celebrated the spirited interplay between politics and humor but also underscored the enduring significance of journalism in maintaining the pillars of democracy.