President Obama ribbed the press a little more than usual at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday.
“I am little jet lagged from my recent trip to Malaysia,” the president deadpanned. “The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage these days.”
“I think they’re still searching for their table,” he added, poking fun at the network’s focus on missing Malaysia Flight 370.
He also took a jab at a more conservative outlet.
“The Koch brothers bought a table here tonight, but as usual, they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front. Hello, FOX News,” he joked. “Let’s face it, FOX, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
President Obama even poked fun at MSNBC.
“MSNBC is here. They’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before,” the president laughed.
Obama, who has been accused of running the least transparent White House in history, admitted that his relationship with the press sometimes gets contentious.
“Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters,” Obama said. “But that’s okay.”
“Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman … gave me some great tips on how to handle it. ‘Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me about that! I’m the best president in the game!’” he yelled. “What do you think, Richard, was that good?”
But the president concluded on a more serious note.
“Tonight reminds us that we really are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a daily basis, and then once a year, give him or her, the chance at least, to try to return the favor,” he acknowledged.