Joel McHale and Barack Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has handed over its top speaking slot each year to someone with a link to late-night TV comedy.

Does this portend greater things for the future of Joel McHale? Or are they finally considering E! programming as television? Roasted.

But first, ladies and gentlemen, the president!

But first:┬áPresident Barack Obama came forward following a five-minute short film that featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus (HBO’s Veep) tooling around with actual VP Joe Biden, getting busted by First Lady Michelle Obama, getting tattoos with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and getting phone calls from House Speaker John Boehner. “After my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about?” Obama quipped, wondering how he’d open with traditional self-deprecating remarks. He had aides bring out two ferns in a nod to his “Between Two Ferns” appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Then, onto the zingers!

Some good roast-type jokes slung at CNN, MSNBC and FOX News. Is this the time and place for any of this? Is there ever an appropriate time?

Joel McHale, of NBC’s Community and E!’s The Soup, took to the podium and had a lot of Chris Christie jokes to tell. The audience in the room enjoyed the C-SPAN jokes and the nod to D.C. as a trendsetter for crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. President Hillary Clinton could save us money? YES! The co-opting of “Britta” as a pejorative, without ever saying Britta? Missed opportunity. Everything else? You be the judge. Except for the Christie joke about 10 minutes in: That one’s a classic.

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