Late night talker Conan O’Brien will be charged with mocking President Barack Obama during this spring’s annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
“Thrilled to reveal @ConanObrien has agreed to headline White House Correspondents Association’s scholarship dinner April 27 @TeamCoco,” WHCA president and Fox News Channel correspondent Ed Henry tweeted this morning.
O’Brien previously hosted the event, a D.C. confab featuring Hollywood heavy hitters and Inside the Beltway types, during President Bill Clinton’s time in the Oval Office. Last year, rising star Jimmy Kimmel did the honors, managing a few well-written jabs at the president.
How will O’Brien fare? He’s hardly the worst late night offender when it comes to ignoring Obama as a source of political humor. Both David Letterman, whose far-left stance has intensified in recent years, and Jimmy Fallon, who is regularly used as a tool for Obama’s talking points, are far more biased.
Still, O’Brien hasn’t broken any new ground with Obama gags, so it will be surprising if the red-haired comic treats Obama as Stephen Colbert did to President George W. Bush.