Biden mocks himself and roasts Trump — Analysis

The president called journalists “the only group of Americans who have a lower approval rating than I have”

President Joe Biden made fun of his own approval ratings, roasted Donald Trump, and took a gentle ribbing from comedian Trevor Noah at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night. Trump cancelled the event last year after he snubbed it.

“I’m really excited to be here with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than I have,” Biden joked to the Washington, DC crowd, referring to his own sub-40% polling and to surveys showing just 36% of Americans trust the mass media.

Biden and Fox News laughed throughout the night, unpopularly united. Biden mocked Fox News journalists for being so unpopular. “vaccinated and boosted,” despite many of the network’s conservative viewers refusing the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Trevor Noah (comedian) hosted the event. He mocked Trump’s economy handling. “You know, I think ever since you’ve come into office, things are really looking up. Gasoline is rising. Rents are rising. The price of food is on the rise. Everything,”MSNBC was criticized for pro-Biden reporting.

“By the way, MSNBC, can I just say you guys are doing great work,” Noah said. “You know when Trump was in office, your shows were all about how bad he was. And now that Biden’s in office, your shows are all about how bad Trump was. Consistency is important.”

Biden remarked that Biden had used more self-deprecating material and was now able to make more of it. “Republicans seem to support one fella. Brandon. He’s having a really good year. I’m kind of happy for him,” a reference to the phrase ‘Let’s go Brandon’, which has become a popular chant among Biden’s conservative opponents.

However, Trump, the Republican Party, provided much of the material to Noah and Biden in a room filled with Democrats, liberal journalists, guests and other guests.

Noah likened Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor to Noah. “terminator,”He was hammered for banning math textbooks. “nobody knows how to count the votes.” DeSantis – whose state recently rejected 41% of math textbooks used in the state due to references to ‘Critical Race Theory’ and ‘Social Emotional Learning’ – was also indirectly mocked by Biden for trying to “Tear down Mickey Mouse’s house.” This quip referred to DeSantis’ efforts to strip Walt Disney World of its self-governance rights over Disney’s opposition to a law forbidding teachers from discussing sexuality and gender identity with elementary school children. 

In explaining the absence of the Correspondents’ Association Dinner for the last six years, Biden sniped “we had a horrible plague, followed by two years of Covid.” 

“Imagine if my predecessor came to this dinner this year,”He went on. “Now that would really have been a real coup that occurred!”

As the event closed, Noah made one final dig at Biden over his administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.

“Please be careful leaving tonight,”He spoke to the crowd. “This administration doesn’t handle evacuations well.”

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