The president's humor at the White House Correspondents Dinner allowed us to see him as a fellow human being who sees the humor in life and can laugh at himself. And for that reason and the entertaining humor, I am grateful for this yearly event.
I thought that President Obama and Conan O'Brien were both really funny at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. But whatever barbs they tossed were easily accommodated by the soothing meta-fiction machine that the whole incestuous enterprise amounts to.
The powerfully funny comedy of Conan O'Brien and his opening act Barack Obama would be right for any night, but it was especially welcome at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, after all the country has been through lately.