Donald Trump not amused by Obama’s jokes at White House Correspondents Dinner; ‘honored’ by insults

The Donald was not amused. Donald Trump, who sat stonefaced as he was roasted unmercifully at the White House Correspondents Dinner, had little good to say Sunday about the shindig. "The content I understand, but the amount of jokes? I was amazed at the number," Trump said. He said he didn't think any of the jokes were particularly funny, but assumed the mockery Saturday night was a sign of his growing political clout. "When you're leading the polls, I guess that's the one you shoot at," he said. "I was honored by the fact that they devoted most of their speeches to me." President Obama and the headlining comedian, Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers, sent up birth certificate conspiracies and unleashed a barrage of ridicule at Trump's hair, accent, ties, taste and TV show. "I thought Seth's delivery was terrible. He had marbles in his mouth," Trump said. "His presentation was not good. The president was far superior." Frequent C-Span cutaways to Trump, who was sitting at the Washington Post's table, showed the eccentrically-coiffed mogul never even pretended to be laughing along. He stared straight at the stage, gimlet-eyed, as the ribbing mounted and his dining companions squirmed. The whole thing "was so awkward that some folks at his table stopped laughing and applauding," according to Politico's Mike Allen. The rest of the room, however, roared at each new joke. "Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed that he was running as a joke," Meyers said. "Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic, because a fox often appears on Donald Trump's head." In particular, Obama doubled over when Meyers theorized that Trump's comment about his "great relationship with the Blacks" must have been about a white family called the Blacks. Trump said he thought the biggest laugh went to Obama's cartoon mock up of what the White House would look like if Trump won office: a Continue Reading

Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn photographed holding hands at White House Correspondents Dinner

Busted!Long rumored couple Scarlett Johansson, 26, and Sean Penn, 50, were photographed holding hands and smiling after the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.While they have denied they are anything more than just friends, rumors have abounded that the two were dating – especially after they went on a trip to Mexico earlier this year.But their coming-out party wasn't exactly a date night officially. At the dinner, which is jokingly referred tp as "nerd prom," media outlets fight for the biggest A-listers at their table.Johansson's plus-one was her twin brother, Hunter, a campaign organizer for President Barack Obama, while Penn was the guest of a different media outlet.Though they didn't pose on the red carpet together at the start of the night, the two definitely ended it together.The photo was snapped at the exclusive Vanity Fair reports they left together at 2:30 a.m.Johansson split from husband Ryan Reynolds in December; Penn finalized his divorce from Robin Wright in August. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Wendy Williams is a no-show at White House Correspondents Dinner because of feud with Omarosa

And the catfight continues! We hear Wendy Williams was a no-show at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, because the seating arrangements had her dining right next to her archenemy – Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. In what our source is calling a "gross oversight," the American Urban Radio Network, who invited both of the women to the lavish annual fete, apparently didn't realize they had an ongoing feud. We're not sure where they've been, but the talk show host and the one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" star have had it in for each other since they got in a spat on Wendy's show in 2008. The tiff began when Omarosa, who was promoting her book, "The B---- Switch" on the Fox show, made jabs about Williams' rise to fame and called her disrespectful. Never one to hold back, Williams called the reality TV star a "a typical angry black woman" right then and there. "Omarosa is a delusional, D-list, pathetic woman," Williams said in a later interview. So it's not hard to see why Wendy wasn't too pleased when she found out she'd be rubbing elbows with her at the dinner. "Wendy absolutely flipped out when she heard Omarosa was going to be seated at her table," our spy says. "She called the the AURN and was absolutely livid." We hear that the organization (a rep for whom did not respond to calls for comment by deadline) apologized to Williams, but that she still refused to attend. A rep for Williams would only confirm that she was in D.C. (she attended a brunch that day) and that she was not with the AURN crew at the dinner. But when reached, a source close to Williams chimed in that any insinuation regarding Omarosa's role in that is "false." But Omarosa sure seemed to think otherwise when she sniffed to us yesterday, "I recognize the importance of this major event, and I would personally never slight the White House Press corps." Meow! Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

President Barack Obama’s comedic timing trumps Jay Leno’s at White House Correspondents Dinner

Jay Leno has more to worry about than Letterman. The "Tonight" host was the headliner at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. But it was the opening act - a local comic named Barack Obama - who killed. "His timing was impeccable," Scarlett Johansson said of the Commander-of-Schtick. "Knocked Up" director Judd Apatow said speechwriter Jon Lovett gave his boss some knockout material about birthers, Biden and McCain. But it was all in the delivery. "I'm sure they gave the President twice as many jokes," Apatow told us. "I think a lot of the success had to to with the ones the President chose. His taste is impeccable He also let himself be funny. Most of the time the job demands that he hold back." "Jay wasn't bad, " said one guest. "The video bits were nice. But he was reading from notecards. The gags didn't fly." Give the Chin this much: It's hard to compete with a guy who turns other comics to jelly. Tracy Morgan hovered around Obama with the glassy eyes of a man who usually would be tackled by the Secret Service. When he finally got his picture taken with "44," Morgan looked like he was going to cry. "I can't believe I met the President," he blubbered. Morgan himself was a magnet for starstruck attendees of the Nerd Prom. The daughters of Massachusetts senator Scott Brown -- the ones he announced were looking for husbands - cozied up to the "30 Rock" star. They later moved on to Bradley Cooper, asking Renee Zellweger's boyfriend to pose with them for a picture.Later, at the MSNBC party, Katie Couric and Morgan Freeman danced to KC and The Sunshine Band; Rosario Dawson boogied with pundit Lawrence O'Donnell; Rachel Maddow (there with partner Susan Mikula) did a guest bartending stint; Alec Baldwin chatted with Jack Denehy's real-life counterpart, Jeff Zucker; and Dallas QB Tony Romo and his girlfriend Candice Crawford (Chace's sister) talked football with Ed Schultz and MSNBC VP Bill Wolff.It was a night when people who once moved markets Continue Reading

Someone still likes Jay Leno: He’ll speak at White House Correspondents Dinner

The late night wars are going to Washington. Jay Leno?a>??the man at the center of the NBC talk show battle—is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents Dinner, reports the Washington Post. The annual dinner, which began in 1920 and is traditionally held the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton, usually includes all of the journalists who cover and report on the President.The Tonight Show.” White House, Leno has a date with the queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey. According to the Washington Post, Winfrey is scheduled to fly to L.A. to interview Leno for an episode that will air Thursday. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

President Barack Obama gets laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

He brought down the house! President Obama, playing the comic-in-chief, had the celebrity-packed crowd at the White House Correspondents' dinner rolling out of their seats Saturday night as he skewered Republicans, Vice President Biden and even Hizzoner. "In the next hundred days, I will meet with a leader who rules over millions with an iron fist, who owns the airwaves and uses his power to crush all who would challenge his authority in the ballot box," Obama said, before pausing. "It's good to see you, Mayor Bloomberg." Displaying a different kind of audacity, Obama even used the White House's botched photo op over New York City as comedic fodder. The incident, involving military planes trailing a low-flying jetliner, terrified scores of New Yorkers. "Sasha and Malia aren't here tonight because they're grounded," Obama said. "You can't just take Air Force One on a joy ride to Manhattan. I don't care whose kids you are." Secretary of State Clinton wasn't spared, either. Quoting his former Democratic rival, Obama said Clinton wooed Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party by whispering, "Arlen, you know what I always say, 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.'" Obama then joked that when Clinton returned from Mexico in the days just before the swine flu epidemic emerged, she embraced him warmly. Too warmly. "The second she got back from Mexico, she pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss and told me I better get down there myself," Obama riffed. The annual black-tie dinner drew an astonishing cast of Hollywood A-listers. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were there. Singers Sting and Jon Bon Jovi had seats. And a virtual who's who of film and TV stars mixed it up with the smattering of journalists in attendance. Still, the star of the night was the President, who seemed to particularly delight in skewering Republicans. "Dick Cheney was supposed to be here, but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, 'How to Shoot Continue Reading

Celebrity side dish: Celebrities frolic at White House Correspondents Dinner

Hollywood came back in force to DC for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Many showbiz Democrats passed on the dinner when President Bush was the guest of honor. “I skipped it the last four years,” Dana Delaney told our Gatecrasher colleague Laura Schreffler at Friday’s Creative Coalition/Capitol File screening of Barry Levinson’s “PoliWood.” Ludicris, partying with Kevin Bacon and Kerry Washington at Friday’s People/Time party, promised that, with Barack on the mike, “This year, people won’t be nodding off!” While the New York Times boycotted the dinner (it doesn’t want its reporters looking chummy with the pols they cover), other news organizations gloried in the administration officials and celebs they’d wrangled for their tables. ABC touted top White House aides Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, along with Jon Bon Jovi and Kate Walsh. CBS scored Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. CNN claimed Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Tyra Banks. Fortune nabbed Glenn Close and George Lucas while Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw did Time. Bloomberg landed coveted pirate-survivor Richard Phillips. Strangely, “Gossip Girls” hunk Chace Crawford chose to sup with Fox News’ O’Reilly/Hannity gang. It doesn’t seem possible that one more word could be written about Marilyn Monroe or Frank Sinatra, but J. Randy Taraborrelli insists. In “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (to be published in August by Grand Central Publishing), he describes a scene where Sinatra, in his underwear, discovers his house guest Monroe naked, peering into the fridge. The two, um, defrost. Perhaps Taraborrelli was on the produce shelf, watching. Let these people rest.Adrien Brody planted the kiss heard round-the-world when he locked lips with Halle Berry at the 2003 Oscars. But he eased up a bit for the scene in “The Brothers Bloom” where his bashful character makes out with a willing Continue Reading

Keegan-Michael Key zings press as ‘Obama’s anger translator’ at White House Correspondents dinner

Meet the Grandstander-in-Chief. Comedian Keegan-Michael Key made a scene-stealing appearance as "Luther, the President's anger translator" at the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday, where he gave the famously laid back President Obama a chance to unload on the media. "Hold on to your lilly white butts!" the "Key & Peele" star boomed after the POTUS brought him onstage toward the tail end of his speech at the Washington Hilton event. Luther's first target was unsurprising: Fox News, whom he blasted for terrifying "old white people with some nonsense." "Sharia law is coming to Cleveland, run for the damn hills!" he bellowed, mocking the network's news approach. Obama remained impressively stonefaced throughout the bit. RELATED: OBAMA'S BEST JOKES AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER Later, Luther took a shot at CNN for its "wall-to-wall Ebola coverage." "For two whole weeks, we were one step away from 'The Walking Dead!'" he shouted. Luther also channeled the President's rage at Congress' failure to act on climate change with a zinger about California's crippling drought. "It looked like the trailer for the new 'Mad Max' movie up in there," the comedian joked. "You all think Bradley Cooper came here because he wants to talk to Chuck Todd? He needed a glass of water!" ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO. Continue Reading

Sophia Bush attends White House Correspondents Dinner hours after emotional tribute to ex-boyfriend killed in Nepal earthquake

Hours after her ex-boyfriend and "one of the great loves of (her) life" perished in the earthquake-triggered avalanche at Mount Everest base camp Saturday, actress Sophia Bush put on a brave face at the White House Correspondents Dinner. The "Chicago P.D." star may have stunned in her blue-green gown Saturday night, but inside she was still clearly mourning the loss of Google executive Dan Fredinburg. "There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards," Bush posted on her Instagram account, along with a picture of her late friend. "I'll likely never find them all." GOOGLE EXEC DAN FREDINBURG DIES IN NEPAL EARTHQUAKE Fredinburg perished on the world's tallest mountain from a head injury sustained during the quake, his sister posted Instagram. Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake has claimed at least 2,100 lives in Nepal, and the death toll is expected to rise significantly. Fredinburg and Bush dated for about a year until their February 2014 breakup. "When you see one another for 24 hours every four weeks, it's impossible to maintain a romantic relationship," a source told People Magazine at the time. But they never stopped being close. "He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth," Bush wrote on Instagram. "He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends." The actress also paid tribute to the other victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake, imploring her Instagram followers to "remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. "Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute," she added. "And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan." At the Correspondent's Dinner, Bush got support from her good friend, fellow TV actress Connie Britton, as they were photographed together on the red carpet. With Continue Reading

Obama’s best jokes at this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner (VIDEO)

Once again, he was the comedian-in-chief. Describing his presidency as being in its “fourth quarter,” President Obama delivered barbs at 2016 presidential candidates, cable news outlets, his Republican critics and even First Lady Michelle Obama. While not every joke drew lots of laughs, the A-listers in attendance whooped it up for a good portion of the 22-minute monologue. The President even called up Keegan Michael-Key from “Key & Peele” to the stage to act in his role as "anger translator Luther" for the final portion of the speech at this year’s so-called “Nerd Prom” at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The Daily News picked out the top jokes from the speech that’s become an annual rite of spring in our nation’s capital. --(ON #WHCD) “Welcome to the White House Correspondents’ dinner, the night when Washington celebrates itself. Somebody’s gotta do it.” --(On presidential fatigue after seven years) “The fact is I feel more loose and relaxed than ever. Those Joe Biden shoulder massages — they’re like magic. You should try one.” --(On rumors that he’s a Muslim) “Being President is never easy. I still have to fix the broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day.” --(On House Speaker John Boehner) “It’s no wonder people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old John Boehner has already invited (Israel Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.” --(ON FLOTUS) “Michelle hasn’t aged a day. I ask her what her secret is and she just says, ‘Fresh fruits and vegetables.’ It’s aggravating.” --(On former Vice President Dick Cheney) “Dick Cheney says he thinks I’m the worst Continue Reading