My honeymoon is over, says Obama but attacks adversaries

US President donned the role of a comedian at annual Correspondents Dinner.

Last Updated: May 02, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama has conceded that his honeymoon is over, but went on to attack his adversaries, including Donald Trump who has questioned the authenticity of his birth certificate.

"I think it is fair to say that when it comes to my presidency, the honeymoon is over," Obama said as he donned the role of a comedian at the annual Correspondents Dinner last night which was attended by journalist covering White House on a daily basis and celebrities.

"For example, some people now suggest that I`m too professorial. Others say that I`m arrogant," Obama said in his speech marked by comedy by him and rounds of laughter from the audience.

"My buddy, our outstanding ambassador, Jon Huntsman, is with us. Now, there`s something you might not know about Jon. He didn`t learn to speak Chinese to go there. Oh no. (Laughter) He learned English to come here," said the US President as he took on his adversaries one after the other.

But the most important was that of Obama mentioning Trump.

"Donald Trump is here tonight!" he said amidst laughter and applause.

"Now, I know that he`s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said.

“And that`s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter ?- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?," Obama asked amidst several rounds of laughter and applause.

"But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example -- no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity
Apprentice at the steakhouse, the men`s cooking team cooking did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around," he said.

"But you, Mr Trump, recognised that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn`t blame Lil` Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled," he said as the attendees, about 2,600, of this high-profile dinner laughed several times.

However, Trump appeared to be serious, as the television cameras zoomed on him.

"Say what you will about Mr Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House. Let`s see what we`ve got up there," he said as the giant screens showed Trump White House Resort and Casino.

Obama, however, ended his speech on a serious note. Reflecting on the hard work done by journalists around the world in performing their duties, Obama said in the last months, journalists have been threatened, arrested, beaten, attacked, and in some cases even killed simply for doing their best to bring the story, to give people a voice, and to hold leaders accountable.

"And through it all, we`ve seen daring men and women risk their lives for the simple idea that no one should be silenced and everyone deserves to know the truth. That`s what you do. At your best that`s what journalism is. That`s the principle that you uphold. It is always important, but it`s especially important in times of challenge, like the moment that America and the world is facing now," Obama said.