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We want more politicians to mock themselves.

The White House Correspondents Dinner is a great tradition that should be adopted in the UK.

Can you imagine Gordon Brown telling jokes about himself in front of a mixed audience of journalists, politicians and celebrities and then having to sit listening to a stand up comedian mercilessly mocking him for half an hour?

If during the few short years of Brown’s premiership we had a Downing Street Dinner, Nokia sales would have tripled. They’d be Nokia phones flying all around London for at least a week after.

President Barack Obama got the tone exactly right at the 2010 Correspondents dinner. As Americans like to say “he hit a home run”. He even mocked the PUMA/Birther crazies.

The dinner, formally called The White House Press and Scholarship Dinner is an annual event attended by around 3,000 guests. It is an event that can in part make or break Presidencies, as most ably done by Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report.

  1. obotinchief
    May 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Off topic but god damn wordpress and their TOS, how can they shut down SP and leave those right wing shill sites up and running! They have yet to get back to me, bastards!

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