President Obama got more laughs and appreciation for his jokes than headliner Conan O'Brien did at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which was held Saturday at the Washington D.C. Hilton, The Atlantic Wire reports.
Many social media commentators took to Twitter Saturday night to critique O'Brien, who many say shied away from heavier hitting jokes in favor of "gentle" material. Others suggested the dinner should forget having a comedian "headliner," instead giving the President a chance to show off his funny side.
President Obama used his set of jokes to critique the media, including NBC for its struggling lineup of shows and CNN for its inaccurate reporting following the Boston bombings, NBC News reports.
"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately," Obama said. "But the fact is I admire commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate."
But Obama also used his time at the mic to praise first responders at the scene of the bombings and the media, saying that the event gave the nation a chance to see "journalists at their best." Conan O'Brien, who is a Boston native, also took time out of his set to address Boston and thank Obama for traveling there after the attacks.