20 of Barack Obama's dad jokes that prove he's much funnier than Trump

Greg Evans
Friday 29 May 2020 08:30
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Many of us miss Barack Obama a lot. Like, so much.

He was one of the most popular presidents in the history of the United States and he brought a certain normality to the White House, unlike the person who's currently shacked up there.

Instead of tweeting mean things from his bed and making up conspiracy theories, Obama always used to talk about how much he liked being a dad. And being a dad means one thing: lots of "dad jokes". Despite being the most powerful man in the world for 8 years, Obama dished out dad joke with the best of them. Whereas Trump on the other hand is rarely intentionally funny, he's more about telling people to drink bleach and tweeting random words like "confeve".

As the epic feud between Obama and Trump sizzles on, here's all the times even Obama's worst jokes showed he's much funnier than Trump.

The 2016 turkey pardoning was basically a cacophony of bad jokes.

For the past seven years, I've established another tradition: Embarrassing my daughters with a corny-Copia of dad jokes about turkeys.

What I haven’t told them yet is we are going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey.

He followed that up with:

I want to take a moment to recognise the brave turkeys who weren't so lucky, who didn't get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their fate with courage and sacrifice, and proved that they weren't chicken.

He poked fun at his best mate Joe Biden too:

Tater is here in a backup role just in case Tot can’t fulfil his duties.

So he’s sort of like the vice turkey. We’re working on getting him a pair of aviator glasses.

He was on fire that day:

We should also make sure everyone has something to eat on Thanksgiving.

Of course, except the turkeys, because they're already stuffed.

In fact, most of his worst jokes came during the turkey ceremony.

2010:

It's kind of like a turkey version of 'Dancing With the Stars,' except the stakes for the contestants was much higher.

Only one pair would survive and win the big prize: life.

2011:

[The turkey pardon] is one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey.

2014:

Let’s face it, if you're a turkey, and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low.

So these guys are well ahead of the curve. They really beat the odds.

2015:

Abe is now a free bird. He is TOTUS, the Turkey of the United States.

It is hard to believe this is my seventh year of pardoning a turkey. Time flies, even if turkeys don't.

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It wasn't just Turkey jokes that Obama was good at.

Here he is talking about Prince George breaking protocol.

Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe.

That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol.

He seemed to have a good level of banter with the Royals.

This is what he said when he was interviewed by Prince Harry.

Do I have to put on a British accent?

On Thanksgiving and his famous campaign slogan:

When somebody at your table tells you that you've been hogging all of the side dishes, you can't have any more, I hope that you respond with a creed that sums up the spirit of a hungry people:

'Yes, we cran.'​

He loves the memes:

Even Nasa couldn't escape the bad jokes.

The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is always a good place for jokes and Obama rarely disappointed.

In 2009 he delivered these zingers, firstly about his daughters:

Sasha and Malia aren't here tonight because they're grounded.

You can't just take Air Force One on a joy ride to Manhattan. I don't care whose kids you are.

Then on his wife Michelle and her arms:

She's even begun to bridge the differences that have divided us for so long, because no matter which party you belong to, we can all agree that Michelle has the right to bare arms.

And, of course, Joe Biden:

All this change hasn't been easy; change never is. So I've cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House.

He's warm, he's cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic; you just have to keep him on a tight leash.

Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble but, enough about Joe Biden.

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In 2011 he threw shade on Paul Ryan:

The deficit is a serious issue.

That's why Paul Ryan couldn't be here tonight.

His budget has no room for laughter.

In 2016, he reflected on his time in office most eloquently:

Eight years ago, I was a young man, full of idealism and vigour, and look at me now.

I am grey and grizzled, just counting down the days ’til my death panel.

Even when he returned to being a regular citizen he couldn't help but drop a joke.

We miss you, Obama.

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