Late night show host Conan O’Brien delivered his White House Correspondents Dinner speech on Saturday night in which he roasted a number of prominent members of the media, journalistic institutions, and politicians past and present. In the speech, O’Brien tore into CNN and MSNBC. He also mocked former President George W. Bush and National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre. O’Brien also joked at President Barack Obama expense, saying that the presidency has aged Obama significantly. “Your hair is so white, it could be a member of your cabinet,” O’Brien observed.
“When you think about it, the president and I are a lot alike,” O’Brien began. “We both went to Harvard. We both have two children. And we both told Joe Biden we didn’t have extra tickets for tonight’s event.”
O’Brien congratulated former President Bush on the opening of his library. He said that the new facility has hundreds of documents from the Bush-era, and if you go “you can be the first to read them.”
O’Brien mocked CNN’s John King for his troubles reporting breaking events following the Boston attacks. “Tonight’s dinner was halibut and filet, or as John King reported it: Lasagna and couscous,” O’Brien said.
The comedian mocked LaPierre as well, saying that his position as executive vice president of the organization means he is not the lobbying group’s chief. “Which begs the question, how freaking crazy do you have to be to be the actual president of the NRA?” O’Brien asked.