The commander-in-chief may get mixed reviews for his leadership of the country over the last three-and-a-half years, but the consensus at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair after-party for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner was that he’s consistently good at comedy.
Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel , who had the anxiety-inducing task of following the President’s laugh-inducing speech, agreed with the comparison to the King of the Night. “I think there’s a real confidence and an ease there that Carson had — certainly.”
Obama, whose jokes about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drunk-texting him from Cartagena, and Mitt Romney strapping the family dog to the top of Air Force One were so good, in fact, that we asked Kimmel if he and his writing team had given the President some help.
The ABC talk-show host, who also put in a strong showing at the Correspondents dinner, shook his head. “We didn’t have anything to do with his jokes,” he said. “In fact, there was this thing where he kind of wanted to see my jokes, and I kind of wanted to see his jokes, but we agreed to not see each other’s jokes.”
As a result, Kimmel explained, when Obama ended up telling a number of jokes about the fact that he ate dog meat as a boy in Indonesia — a footnote that’s been trumpeted by the Romney campaign — the comic said, “I had to throw away a lot of my dog-eating jokes.”
“That was kind of a bummer,” Kimmel said.
Then again, the talk-show host got a high-five from the President and kudos at the Vanity Fair party that, despite a chilly rain, drew a mix of A-list celebrity and political power. Among those in the house: George Clooney , Kate Hudson and her mom, Goldie Hawn , Newt Gingrich , Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , Paul Rudd , Charlize Theron , Kate Upton , Police Commissioner Ray Kelly , Mayor Bloomberg , Sofia Vergara and her entrepreneur-boyfriend, Nick Loeb , and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie .
When Vergara arrived at the after-party, she ran into Kimmel, who razzed her, saying: “You were texting during my bit!”
Christie told us he didn’t mind being ribbed in Kimmel’s remarks.
“Listen, I made the monologue,” the governor and rumored future presidential candidate told us. “There's no such thing as bad publicity.”
And if the popular vote won the presidency, our money would be on Clooney. The handsome actor was swarmed by a female-heavy contingent of guests and was still holding his after-party audience rapt as the clock approached 2 a.m.
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