Obama spoke at the White House Corresppondents dinner. He is routinely panned for lacking any flair for self-deprecatory humor but he had some good material last night. This was multi-targeted:
The fact is, I really do respect the press. I recognize the press and I have different jobs to do. My job is to be President. Your job is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I'm doing my job better.
The last bity of this, on the other hand, will be buried. After marveling that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million to defeat Obama, Obama says that Adelson should have just offered Obama the $100 million to drop out of the race. From the transcript:
There are other new players in the media landscape as well, like super PACs. Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me -- (laughter) -- to spend that kind of money. I mean, that’s Oprah money. (Laughter.) You could buy an island and call it “Nobama” for that kind of money. (Laughter.) Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. (Laughter and applause.) I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it. (Laughter.) Michelle would have taken it. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking? (Laughter.)
The WaPo drops the Michelle punchline:
On the millions Sheldon Adelson spent to try to unseat him: “That’s Oprah money! You could buy an island and call it Nobama. Adelson would have been better off calling me up and offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But I’d consider it.”
Yeah, Michelle hates the job but it all about the payday. We know that, but does her devoted hubby need to embarrass her by flaunting it?