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Obama Jokes About Being 'in Bed' with Brian Williams


Riffing on Brian Williams' special Inside the White House at the Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner Friday night, Obama joked:

"It wasn't easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Some people here need to lighten up. The joke was about the conservatives' complaints that the so-called "liberal" media is in bed with Obama and his administration. I got the joke. Too bad some of the whiners here didn't. Hey, guys! Listen up! The President has a full plate. What the hell do you think he can do to satisfy your whiny-ass demands? Most of what you want has to be done legislatively. So get on your congressman's ass or your senator's ass. Obama will gladly sign anything that crosses his desk. Listen, you can't rely on the courts anymore. We've taken that just about as far as it will go. Now is the time to educate, build stronger coalitions, reach to those who still have trouble understanding us or fear us. As for the Justice Dept.'s brief, that carried over from the Busheviks. Not to blame Bush, but it was a case already in the works. I think some of you ought to get off the party circuit and get out there and do some of the hard work it's going to take to get what we want and need. It's not going to happen with a bunch of whiners. If you can't get in there and get your hands dirty, then STFU.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 22, 2009 2:04:10 PM

  2. Not saying it was a good joke, but it's clearly about the accusations of coziness between OBama and the media, and not really about "the gays". Even if it was, who gives a sh*t?

    I swear, some around here are so prickly and uptight.

    Posted by: Kugel | Jun 22, 2009 2:05:59 PM

  3. Oh dear god people, it was a joke about Brian Williams being hosted in the White House and being everywhere that Obama is! Get over yourselves. Some of the most overreacting bunch of idiots I have ever seen!

    Posted by: Q | Jun 22, 2009 2:10:16 PM

  4. A fag joke is a fag joke is a fag joke!

    "Tavis, Tavis, everybody needs to understand I got an HIV test WITH MY WIFE MICHELLE"....Howard University Primary Debate....

    "Marrying David Axelrod in Iowa" ... the WH Correspondents Dinner"....

    "Sleeping with Brian Williams....this one....

    Next up:

    "You know how to get First 'Mo John Berry, HRC's Joe Solmonese, and Andy Towle on one stool?


    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Laugh all the way to the bank, Mr. President, where you'll find all the gay money GONE!"


    July 6, 1943 - Jun e 22, 1988
    "When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."

    Posted by: Michael @ | Jun 22, 2009 2:15:27 PM

  5. Enought with the gay jokes!

    I don't care if we are being sensitive or not, but who cares. Obama jokes are SO INAPPROPRIATE given what he has done to the GLBT community.

    I don't care who he aims his "jokes" at ... his timing is AWFUL.

    Maybe Obama is not as smart as we thought he was. And maybe he cares more about being one of the "straight boys" like Rahm and thinks saying any gay related joke will make him look good.


    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 22, 2009 2:42:04 PM

  6. Bill: You are dead right! No more money for the DNC. They are listening now, because the money spigot has been turned off. If we show the slightest wavering, they tell us to wait another year or two. They will denigrate us and file more brief that are detrimental to the fight for our rights! NO JUSTICE=NO PEACE! NO JUSTICE=NO MONEY! NO JUSTICE=NO VOTES! This they can understand.

    Posted by: Leto | Jun 22, 2009 2:46:59 PM

  7. Oh my fucking god people. Its a joke. And Obama isn't the only one to blame. He can't pass laws by himself you know. Do any of you know how laws are passed? Be mad that the senate and the house are being jerks about our rights, and how the supreme court is filled with a bunch of assholes, not how Obama is trying his best to be on both sides of the issue. It's going to take time for our rights, the civil rights movement of the 60's didn't happen in a year.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 22, 2009 2:54:16 PM

  8. I'm not happy with what his administration has done so far on the same-sex issues either, but I thought this was a pretty good joke about the media. Actually, I thought all his jokes were pretty good. But I understand the annoyance some of you have, since even a joke going anywhere peripherally near any gay subjects might seem in bad taste to those who feel he's betrayed them.

    Posted by: JoeTynan | Jun 22, 2009 3:16:45 PM

  9. Idiots

    He wasn't cracking a "gay" joke, he was making fun of the whole "in bed with the media" right wing media

    He has his faults. especially on gay issues, but come on now people

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jun 22, 2009 3:19:59 PM

  10. lol i'm not happy with Obama and his slackass administration right now .... but that WAS funny!

    Posted by: sparks | Jun 22, 2009 4:18:45 PM

  11. "A fag joke is a fag joke is a fag joke!"

    ... unless it's not a fag joke.

    Posted by: Kugel | Jun 22, 2009 4:45:00 PM

  12. "He's an asshole." "What a fraud!" "NOT A SINGLE PENNY!"

    Seriously? Have you not previously heard the expression "in bed with?" Did you miss the media coverage of Williams' White House access?

    Is this an issue?

    Posted by: MR. R. | Jun 23, 2009 10:50:21 PM

  13. and by the way... Even if we all decide not to donate, THEY WON'T MISS OUR MONEY. It's just not that much, in the scheme of things.

    Posted by: MR. R. | Jun 23, 2009 10:54:45 PM


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    Posted by: navruk | Jun 25, 2009 8:29:18 AM

  15. It is a shame that people are so bad off these days that everytime someone makes a joke about anything or anyone - some idot puts too much into it. It was a joke -- get a life-- It was funny as " Hell". Stop looking for something to bitch about all the time...................

    Posted by: TERESA | Jun 30, 2009 6:49:18 AM

  16. Woah, calm down everyone. I'm sure there's something much more ridiculous you can get offended about.
    As for there not being a liberal media, that's ridiculous. I'm definitely not saying it's the only one (as people often joke) but pretend it doesn't exist is silly.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Feb 17, 2010 12:04:15 PM

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