Adopting his stand-up comic persona, Barack Obama used the opportunity of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to whine about how he is treated by reporters, in particular Jake Tapper of CNN.
Referring to Richard Sherman, the All-Pro cornerback seated in the audience who became famous for trashing San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after a Seahawks win in the NFC Championship game, Obama started by whining, “Sometimes I feel disrespected by you reporters, but that’s okay. Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight, and he gave me some great tips on how to handle it.”
Obama then yelled, “Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that. I’m the best president in the game.”
Resuming his normal speaking tone, he asked, “Whaddya think, Richard? Was that good? A little more feeling next time?”
Sherman had ranted to sideline reporter Erin Andrews: “Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you EVER talk about me.”
Andrews: “Who was talking about you?”
Sherman: “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best. Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick. L-O-B.”