President Joe Biden came out with sizzling jokes during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Speaking at the Washington Hilton Hotel, where thousands of politicians, journalists, celebrities and guests came to together, Biden took jabs at himself and his opponents, Newsweek reports.
The president joked about his own approval ratings, thanking the “42 percent who actually applauded” as he took the stage on Saturday. He also took shots at the press, saying they were the “only group of Americans with a lower approval rating” than his own.
Biden referenced headliner Trevor Noah, who described the president as “America’s new Dad.”
“Let me tell you something pal, I’m flattered anybody would call me a new anything,” he said.
While reminding the audience that he is the first sitting president since 2016 to attend the event, Biden took a shot at former president Donald Trump.
“It’s understandable. We had a horrible plague followed by two years of COVID,” he said.
As he addressed concerns about COVID-19, Biden said he attended the event to “show the country we’re getting through this pandemic.” He also said attendees had to prove they were fully vaccinated and boosted.
“Wondering how to do that?” the president joked. “Contact your favorite Fox reporter. “They’re all here, vaccinated and boosted.”
Turning his attention to the GOP, Biden called out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“Folks I’m not here to roast the GOP, that’s not my style,” he said. “Besides, there’s nothing I can say about the GOP that Kevin McCarthy hasn’t already put on tape.”