WASHINGTON – President Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a “strapping young Muslim Socialist” to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like First Lady Michelle’s. Obama used this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, including Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sheldon Adelson and Sen. Rand Paul.
Entering to the rap track “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda. But then he showed a picture of himself golfing on a mock magazine cover of “Senior Leisure.” “I’m not the strapping young Muslim Socialist that I used to be,” the president remarked.
Obama closed by noting the nation’s recent tragedies in New England and Texas, praising Americans of all stripes from first responders to local journalists for serving the public good.
Saturday night’s banquet not far from the White House attracted the usual assortment of stars from Hollywood and beyond. Actors Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes, who play government characters on series, were among the attendees, as was Korean entertainer Psy. Late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien headlined the event.
Stones give big show in small club
The Rolling Stones rocked a small Los Angeles club on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour on Friday at the Staples Center.
The band kicked off Saturday’s hush-hush 90-minute concert at the Echoplex in the hip Echo Park neighborhood with “You Got Me Rocking” before catapulting into a mix of new and old material, as well as their bluesy covers of classics from Otis Redding (“That’s How Strong My Love Is”), Chuck Berry (“Little Queenie”) and The Temptations (“Just My Imagination”).
“Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that’s always coming up — and I’m glad you’re here to welcome an up-and-coming band,” lead singer Mick Jagger joked after the second song of the evening, “Respectable.”
Despite clocking in several decades as a band, Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood showed no signs of slowing down.
Jagger, who promptly ditched a black-and-white track jacket after the first few songs, worked the crowd into a singalong frenzy with “Miss You,” complete with a harmonica solo from the strutting frontman.