Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Hasan Minhaj's harshest burns at the White House correspondents' dinner

Read Minhaj's speech here. "My name is Hasan Minhaj, or as I'll be known in a few weeks, number 830287".

The crowd in Harrisburg, meanwhile, loved the red meat rhetoric from their president. For the record, the WHCA is a group of journalists; they are not King Joffrey's goons. "I got up. I gave my speech".

"The leader of our country is not here, but that's because he lives in Moscow". "It's a very long flight, it's a Saturday".

"I thought the whole evening was arranged around a response to a guy who wasn't there", said Carlson, who noted that he has attended the dinner for 25 years, but was unable to make it on Saturday.

The last time Trump attended the dinner was in 2011, when he was a NY real estate mogul and reality-TV star who had just jumped into politics by getting involved in the "birther" movement, calling for President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate. What you doing right now? Which is oddly respectable. He tweets at 3 a.m. sober. And I would like to thank Donald Trump for inspiring the next.

Bee's taped show, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to American news organizations, featured actor Will Ferrell and other guests roasting Trump and his allies.

Fox News is here. How are you here in public? How many people do you know who can turn a press briefing into a full-on Mel Gibson traffic stop.

"It finally happened: Bill O'Reilly has been fired".

Before Trump decided against attending the dinner, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair canceled their dinner-themed events for this year, with CNN deciding to bring young, aspiring journalists to the event instead of their usual list of celebrities.

On hosting: "I would say it is an honor to do this, but that would be an alternative fact".

"How do you like me now?" "USSR." It doesn't work like that. Nine boxes on the screen. And I'm proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would. It's giving me anxiety. Not from advisers, not from experts, not from intelligence agencies, you guys. "Only in America can a first-generation, Indian-American, Muslim kid get on the stage and make fun of the president". He's spent 100 days being educated on the slow grind of government even in a Republican-dominated capital, and watching some of his promises -from repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law to temporarily banning people from some Muslim nations - fizzle. And it's a sign to the rest of the world.

The main takeaway? As "Bush" put it, "The job of the presidency is hard, and as I look back at my eight years in office, and my time away from the presidency, I've accumulated a broad depth of knowledge".

"Donald Trump is liar-in-chief".

The show was set during the fictitious Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen), and ran alongside the real presidency of George W. Bush, which at the time was seen as a disastrous presidency, largely due to the Iraq War.

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