Comedian Wanda Sykes got the headliner spot Saturday at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, the annual gathering of Washington media types, celebrities and the president where everyone dresses up and makes fun of the guy in charge.
Sykes, who co-stars in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and will have a late-night Saturday show on FOX next season, didn’t go after Barack Obama too hard, chiding him for his basketball game and wondering if the fact that we don’t see pictures of him smoking, but we have seen him shirtless is evidence that the media are in the tank for him: “I know you’re into this transparency thing, but uh, I don’t need to see your nipples. … There was never a nipple portrait of Lincoln.”
She also twisted around an old bit about Tiger Woods in talking about how proud she is to be able to say the country has its first black president. “Unless you screw up. Then it’s, ‘What’s up with the half-white guy?'”
Sykes — who’s made no secret about her support for Obama — saved her harshest jokes for some of the president’s critics, including radio titan Rush Limbaugh. Referring to Limbaugh’s remarks a few months back that he hopes the Obama administration doesn’t succeed, she cracked, “I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight.”
Courtesy Politico, here’s Sykes’ full speech from the correspondents’ dinner. Take a look and tell us what you think.