Riddles and Jokes of Barack Obama
By: Justin Zablocki (author, Zablocki Bros. LLC) on September 20th, 2013 12:00 AM.
Politicians are some of the most important people in our society and they have to make all of the hard decisions with constant pressure on them from the public. But even they have time for some lighthearted fun in their speeches and everyday life. Here we will explore some of the more notable jokes and riddles from Barack Obama.
Barack Obama is one of the most easygoing presidents we have ever had. But his administration came under fire in August when the White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked:
With people being killed, Christians in particular being targeted, churches being destroyed, what's the President's red line in Egypt?
And he responded:
Well, I didn't bring my red pen out with me today.
His attempt at humor fell flat as the room fell silent. Thinking about the joke, it was only about the reporters wording using the term 'red line'. It was not intended to demean the situation, but rather dodge the question that was never completely answered.
Obama also made a lot of jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2012, a dinner for all of the journalists who cover the White House. Here are some of the best ones:
My mother was born in Kansas, my father was born in Kenya, and I was born, of course, in Hawaii.
The White House Correspondents' Dinner is known as the prom of Washington D.C. - a term coined by political reporters who clearly never had the chance to go to an actual prom.
Our chaperone for the evening is Jimmy Kimmel, who is perfect for the job since most of tonight's audience is in his key demographic - people who fall asleep during 'Nightline.'
And some of the more shocking ones:
I want to especially thank all the members who took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight.
I have not seen 'The Hunger Games.' Not enough class warfare for me.
I have a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.
These jokes went over very well at the dinner making everyone laugh.
As president, Obama is constantly met with riddles that correspond to real world events. Most recently, he has had to decide what to do about Syria and their chemical weapons. He could launch a strike but this may cause retaliation from Syria. Rather, a peaceful path has been taken and a plan has been enacted to disarm Syria. Most people see this as the correct answer to the riddle of Syria.
For some more jokes from Obama at the Correspondents' Dinner visit Politico.
For more information about the Syria conflict visit BBC News Middle East.
For some more funny quips go to the Funny Riddle Section