The botched health care site, Malaysian Airlines and midterm elections were all fair game Saturday at the 100th annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Celebrities and politicians laughed and cheered President Obama and host Joel McHale as they poked fun at everything from the beleaguered launch of the government healthcare site to foreign leaders.
“That could have gone better,” the president said of the health insurance site launch. “In 2008 my slogan was ‘yes we can.’ In 2013 it was control, alt, delete.’ “
Mr. McHale pointed out it was hard to quantify how terrible a launch the site really had because it serves as the basis for analogies.
“The website is now what they use to describe other bad things,” Mr. McHale said.
Even former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a brief appearance, stepping on stage to assist the president in restarting a frozen video screen — a common problem when the insurance site first launched.
The dinner, where movie and television stars mingle with lawmakers and reporters, was held at the ballroom of the Washington Hilton Hotel.