Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. World
  2. Americas
  3. North America
30 April 2012updated 27 Sep 2015 5:35am

Video: Obama’s White House correspondent’s dinner speech

"I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the secret service home in time for their new

By New Statesman

Last night was the White House correspondent’s dinner, a big black-tie event at which presidents traditionally show a lighter side. President Barack Obama’s speech was a laugh a minute, with gags directed at Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Congress, and the secret service.

Nor was Obama exempt from the mockery. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel also gave a speech. “You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow?” He said. “That was hilarious.”

You can watch the full video of Obama’s speech here:


Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Content from our partners
How to create a responsible form of “buy now, pay later”
“Unions are helping improve conditions for drivers like me”
Transport is the core of levelling up