Joe Biden used his time on the podium at the White House Correspondents’ dinner to take some well-timed digs at Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tucker Carlson, and even Donald Trump – flexing his comedic muscles in the process.
The jokes from the head of state came after he touched on the serious subject of the freedom of the press and the recent detainment of journalists like the Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich, as well as WNBA star Britney Griner.
Griner was among the various figured in attendance at the Washington Hilton auditorium to hear the president speak, and was even called on by Biden to stand during his speech, before being met with a round of uproarious applause.
But after those topics were addressed, Biden, 80, took the rare chance to lambaste his conservative counterparts using humor – seizing it with virtually no verbal flubs or mishaps to take away from his timing.
The result were a barrage of barbs that honed in on not only the Georgia Firebrand and axed Fox News personality, but Don Lemon and Gov. Ron DeSantis, honing in on recent comments that may have gotten the former axed from his post at CNN, in which he suggested that women over 40 were no longer ‘in their prime.’
Joe Biden used his time on the podium at the White House Correspondents’ dinner to take some well-timed digs at Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tucker Carlson, and even Donald Trump
Seeing the opportunity for a needle at the expense of his fellow progressive, Biden began the joke by referencing his status as the older head of state in history.
‘Call me old? I call it being seasoned,’ he joked, before adding, ‘You say I’m ancient. I say I’m wise. You say I’m over the hill. Don Lemon would say that’s a man in his prime.’
The dig spared no expense toward the recently fired Democrat, who was axed from CNN last week after 17 years with the company – two months after he suggested on-air to his female coworkers that GOP candidate Nikki Haley, 51, should tread lightly when pushing a proposal that elderly politicians should face competency tests.
His reasoning behind the remark, offered to outraged coanchors Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins at the time, was because ‘a woman is in their prime in their 20s and 30s and maybe 40s’.
Collins was among the hundreds in attendance who whooped and applauded the president during his set, which, while brief, was enough to get multiple more shots in – with members of the GOP bearing the brunt of the rest of the verbal assault.
The president went on to joked that Fox News was here ‘because they can’t afford to say no to a free meal’ – referencing their recent $787million settlement to Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit.
‘I’d call Fox News fair, honest and truthful, but then I’d been sued for defamation,’ Biden ruthlessly sniped in the wake of that bombshell payment, which was made early last week after the network had promised to fight the defamation suit in court.
For their part, Fox News’ staffers in attendance – including father-son Fox & Friends stars Steve and Peter Doocy – took the gag in stride, and were seen chuckling along with the rest of the audience.
Before honing in on another Fox personality, Biden poked further fun at himself – and his advanced age – while slipping in a not-so-subtle barb against the owner of Fox’s parent company, 93-year-old Rupert Murdoch.
‘I get that age is a completely reasonable issue,’ Biden said during his less-than-ten minute spiel. ‘It’s on everyone’s mind – by everyone I mean the New York Times.
Of the elderly Comcast owner, he said: ‘I like Rupert Murdoch – how can I dislike a guy who makes me look look Harry Styles?’
Biden went on to reference his recently announced White House bid, while bashing Murdoch’s recently axed golden goose, 53-year-old Carlson, telling members of the crowd of his new campaign, ‘The job isn’t finished.’
He quickly added of the Fox firebrand, whose firing the same day as Lemon cause a historic shakeup never before seen in the world of cable journalism: ‘I mean it is finished for Tucker Carlson.’
WNBA star Brittney Griner was among the various figured in attendance at the Washington Hilton auditorium to hear the president speak, and was even called on by Biden to stand during his speech, before being met with a round of uproarious applause
After making headlines Thursday for using a ‘cheat sheet’ to address reporter’s questions, the president was seen sitting at the head of the auditorium at the event’s start Saturday – his second dinner as president, and his first since announcing his intent to run again come 2024
Chuck Schumer and actress Julia Fox were among those applauding the president during his speech – after the unlikely pair raised some eyebrows as they made their way down the red carpet side by side.
Clad in a tuxedo for the black-tie event, the 72-year-old Senate leader posed for multiple photos with the actress, who last month vehemently denied using diabetes meds to lose weight during an ill-fated fling with rapper Kanye West.
Known for daring, sometimes atypical fashion choices, the 33-year-old model elected for a less traditional getup – donning some dramatic face makeup and a black, leather ensemble that would make both Beetlejuice and Kiss proud.
Also seen arriving was headliner Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr., who recently said that his goal as host is simply to walk away still with a job. Other high-profile attendees seen piling into the Washington Hilton included Kelly Ripa and Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey.
All dressed to the nines, the amalgam of stars and politicians managed to circumvent a boisterous group of climate activists who formed a blockade outside, promising to prohibit entry.
Others seen mingling outside the Washington Hilton’s hallowed auditorium included CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and Parks and Rec’s Billy Eichner, with President Biden poised to arriving within the hour as well.
The youth-led group posed up outside previously posted a video accusing the president of committing ‘ecocide’ – a term used to describe the destruction of the environment by deliberate or negligent action.
Outside the Hilton around 7pm – about an hour removed from the dinner’s scheduled start time – members who have taken issue with Biden’s recent approval of several oil projects were seen shouting and egging on members of the Metro police.
The procession has so far remained peaceful, but remained stationed outside as other notable personalities arrived at the event – with the chaos outside doing little to deter the festivities.
Clad in a tuxedo for the black-tie event, the 72-year-old Senate leader posed for multiple photos with the Uncut Gems actress, who donned dramatic face makeup and a black, leather ensemble for the black tie gathering at the Washington Hilton Saturday evening
Schumer was among several who arrived early for the anticipated event – where the president is poised to speak – and is seen offering two thumbs up to the cameras after posing with Fox
Other high-profile attendees seen piling into the Washington Hilton Saturday evening included Live! host Kelly Ripa and Game of Thrones’s Lena Headey
Also seen arriving was headliner Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr., who recently said that his goal as host is simply to walk away still with a job
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and and Parks and Rec star Billy Eichner were also among those in attendance before the dinner was underway
CBS broadcaster Gayle King waved to paparazzi while posing on the red carpet with hot-pink, full length dress – like something out of Legally Blonde
Aside from the array of film and TV stars, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (left) was also seen arriving, and was among several to stop to pose for pictures. Meanwhile, Fox, known for daring, sometimes atypical fashion choices, elected for a less traditional getup – one that would make both Beetlejuice and Kiss proud
Kaitlan Collins, previously Don Lemon’s co-anchor on This Morning before his ouster last week, also stopped to pose for the camera while dressed in a tasteful black number
Biden’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre arriving to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman also made a red-carpet appearance, posing for a photo with wife Gisele a month removed from his six-week hospital stint for depression
Replacing old boss Trevor Noah as the dinner’s host, Wood Jr. previously said he plans to pull no punches while lambasting the powers that be in Washington at tonight’s dinner
All dressed to the nines, the amalgam of stars and politicians managed to circumvent a group of climate activists who formed a blockade outside, promising to prohibit entry
CBS broadcaster Gayle King, for instance, was seen waving at paparazzi while posing on the red carpet with a hot-pink, full length number that harked back to Reese Witherspoons’ character in Legally Blonde.
Kaitlan Collins, who up until last week was Don Lemon’s co-anchor on CNN This Morning before the newscasters’ abrupt ouster, also stopped to pose for the cameras, showing off tasteful, bedazzled black dress – with a bag to match.
Outspoken Democrat – and onetime George W. Bush Diplomat – Fran Drescher also was seen making her way in the hotel, with the 65-year-old Nanny star emanating class in an all-white suit.
Also donning all-white was White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who also arrived unhindered despite the activists still seen outside.
Back on Thursday, the 48-year-old Biden staffer incited controversy when she addressed a recent photo of the head of state holding what appeared to be a cheat sheet of a reporter’s question during a White House press briefing, calling it ‘entirely normal.’
The president will get a rare chance to flex his comedic muscles Saturday, as perhaps the most anticipated speaker of the night – in front of a star-studded audience that will also include his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, and recently released WNBA star Brittany Griner.
Griner, who recently said she was ‘done’ playing overseas following he ten-month detention in Moscow, is set to attend with partner Cherelle Griner as guests of CBS News.
The pair were not seen among the amalgam of stars and political personalities arriving ahead of the event’s scheduled 8pm start.
That said, other big names spotted included Father-son journalist pair Peter and Steve Doocy, of Fox News, who also stopped to wave at snappers before finding their seat.
Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman, too, made a red-carpet appearance, posing for a photo with wife Gisele roughly a month removed from his six-week stint at Walter Reed for depression.
Fetterman, 53, finally dressed up for the occasion after being met with backlash online for his unformal attire during his first day back at the Capitol less than two weeks ago, of a hoodie, gym shorts, and sneakers.
Since facing criticism for donning clothes many felt unbecoming of an elected official, the politician refused to take any questions from reporters, a few months removed from his hard-fought victory over Republican Rival Mehmet – better known by his TV descriptor, ‘Dr’ – Oz.
Others seen before the dinner’ start included United States Army General Mark Alexander Milley and the reverend Al Sharpton.
Others seen before the dinner’ start included United States Army General Mark Alexander Milley and the reverend Al Sharpton
Father-son Fox News journalists Peter and Steve Doocy are seen waving at snappers on the red carpet
America’s Next Top Model alum Winnie Harlow was also among the many notable guests as well as, X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn and husband Jerry O’Connor – of Kangaroo Jack fame
Ripa, 52, looked stunning ever as she stopped for photographers, with the longtime ABC fixture showing off her radiant blue eyes