Obama Jokes: Boehner Invited Netanyahu to my Funeral

April 26, 2015  

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President Barack Obama was in a boisterous mood Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. 

Speaking during the “stand-up” part of the dinner, Obama joked about a long list of people from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dick Cheney to even Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

While addressing getting older, Obama joked: “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.” 

The joke was an obvious jab at the House Speaker’s controversial invitation to Netanyahu to speak before Congress in March. Furious at the time over the invite, the Obama administration reacted with overt hostility toward Netanyahu and Israel.

Obama also poked fun at Republican politicians, past and present. 

He lampooned Senator Ted Cruz, who is running for president in the 2016 race, as a narcissist, after the Texas Republican recently compared himself to Italian scientist Galileo Galilei . 

“Galileo believed the world revolved around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the Earth revolves around Ted Cruz,” Obama joked.

Obama also hit back at former vice president Dick Cheney, who recently called Obama “the worst President of my lifetime.”

“Dick Cheney said I was the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime,” Obama joked, referencing the influence Cheney is believed to have had in the Bush administration. 

On a more serious note, Obama spoke of the dangers journalists around the world face, including being imprisoned unjustly. He concluded by calling for the release of Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian, who is currently being held in Iran. 


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