White House Correspondents Dinner

After the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, there was a lot of controversy around Barack Obama’s speech, yet those involved in the argument may be being too harsh.

Selina Fluty, Editor of Student Opinion

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the White House Correspondents Dinner was held. Comedians tried their hand at getting the audience to laugh, and several acts had the audience in fits.

But when President Barack Obama made a speech, it seemed to bother a lot of people. At the same time, the act also elicited laughter from the audience. There were jokes about Fox News and CNN for being unreliable, people who are ignoring global warming, and there were several comments made about homophobic people.

What I find confusing is the controversy. He made a funny speech. Huzzah, congratulations, here’s a gold medal for understanding. He’s our president, so anything he says is going to be attacked on all sides. On the surface, some of his jokes may have seemed offensive, but if they’re understood, then they’re almost harmless.

For example, he brings light to the fact that Hillary Clinton is on a campaign trip. He starts with “This is a time of uncertainty [for Americans],” and after a pause to add tension, he says “For example, I have one friend. Just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year. And she’s now living out of a van in Iowa.” If someone didn’t know about Clinton’s trip, than they might have thought he was being a little too lighthearted for a problem like that.

But, even if some of his jokes weren’t understood, why such a commotion? It was a comedy act. It was funny. There were good political points brought up and taken to light. He even addressed global warming.

Yet, a lot of the controversy is probably about the way he seemed to have a careless air. Some people may have wanted him to be a little more professional. It’s probably preferred to have a president who looks and seems professional at all times. And, yet, nobody can be perfect. Nobody is a robot. If he had had a writer, the jokes were still probably gone over with Obama himself, and they were cleverly designed for the audience at hand.

But, mostly, can’t the people devoted to the controversy just sit back and calm down? He’s a father of two teenage girls and is a husband. He has a family, and friends, and probably has done bad things. He probably makes dad jokes. He’s a human. Let Obama be. He made a funny speech, and it was actually a good speech, and it showed that he is aware of going-ons in the country. That’s the sort of president that we want. A president that knows about current events and happenings and isn’t afraid to talk about it.