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Barack Obama makes fun of his healthcare policy at White House Correspondents Dinner 2014

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Barack Obama made fun of his healthcare policy, his political opponents and Vladimir Putin at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

The healthcare policy has serious IT issues, prompting the joke: “In 2008 my slogan was: <<Yes we can>>. In 2013 my slogan was: <<Control-alt-delete>>.”

Barack Obama ridiculed media commentators for their apparent obsession with Vladimir Putin’s bare chest.

Dozens of celebrities, journalists and politicians were at the dinner.

Barack Obama made fun of his healthcare policy, his political opponents and Vladimir Putin at this year’s White House Correspondents' Association dinner

Barack Obama made fun of his healthcare policy, his political opponents and Vladimir Putin at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

The roll-out of healthcare.gov, Barack Obama’s main policy initiative of his second term, provided much of the humor.

The president made several references to computer malfunctions.

“Does anybody know how to fix this,” he asked, pretending that the overhead projector had failed to work.


Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who quit as a result of the IT issues, stepped up and said: “I got this. I see it all the time.”

The president used Vladimir Putin as a way of lampooning some conservative commentators and political opponents.

“Last year [conservative commentator] Pat Buchanan said Putin is headed straight for the Nobel Peace Prize… to be fair they give those to just about anybody these days. So it could happen,” he said.

Barack Obama was given the award in 2009 having been nominated for it after less than two weeks in office.

“[Republican] Mike Huckabee and [conservative commentator] Sean Hannity keep talking about his bare chest, which is kind of weird.”

The annual WHCA Dinner is traditionally used by presidents to ridicule their opponents, but also laugh at themselves.

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