White House Correspondents Dinner — Implied Punch Line

President Obama showcased his comedy skills at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner.  In addition to using good comic timing and self-deprecation, the President also made good use of the Implied Punch Line.  A joke is usually funnier when the speaker allows the listener toconnect the dots and complete the joke, rather than completely providing the punchline. Allowing the audience to figure out the joke on their own helps them to take ownership of the funny line.  The superiority factor kicks in as the audience feels good about “getting the joke.”

Here are some Obama jokes using the implied punch line.

“Let’s face it, Fox, you will miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to
convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
(Implying that HE was born in Kenya.)

“Yes, I am happy to be here, even though I am a little jet-lagged from
my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage
these days!” (Implying that CNN’s coverage has been mostly on the
missing airliner.)

“I think they are (CNN) still searching for their table.”
(Implying that the network was not given a table at he dinner.)

“(CNBC) I think they’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an
audience this big before.” (Implying that CNBC is doing poorly in the
ratings.)

“These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a
harder time than they give me. Which means orange really is the new
black.” (Implying that Boehner continues to take tanning treatments.)

“(On the rollout of HealthCare.gov, he said that he replaced his
campaign slogan) “Yes We Can with control-alt-delete.” (Implying that
the rollout was a mess.)

“At one point, things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to
apologize.” (Implying that voters were having buyers remorse.)

“I did notice, Sasha needed a speaker at Career Day.  She invited Bill
Clinton.” (Impling that he was unpopular even with his daughter.)

“I haven’t seen somebody pull a 180 that fast (as an Olympic Gold
Medalist) since Rand Paul dis-invited that Nevada rancher from this
dinner.” (Implying that there had been a relationship between Paul and Bundy.)

“Gridlock has gotten so bad, you’ve got to wonder, what did we do to
piss off Chris Christie so bad?” (Implying that Christie was still up to
his bridge closure tricks.)

“If you want to get paid while not working you should have to run for
Congress just like everyone else.” (Implying that Congress does no
work.)