Continued from page 1

Indeed, after poking fun at himself, Mr. Obama poked fun at both political friends (Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton) and foes (presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney), along with the entire U.S. Congress, whom he thanked for taking “a break from their exhausting schedules of not passing any laws to be here tonight.”

Given the election year, however, he did focus his jabs on his likely opponent in the presidential race.

“It’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper,” Mr. Obama said.

After referring to attendee Newt Gingrich as his “likely opponent,” Mr. Obama continued: “Recently, [Mr. Romney’s] campaign criticized me for slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. In fact, I understand Gov. Romney was so incensed he asked his staff if he could get some equal time on ‘The Merv Griffin Show.’ “

Noting the members of Congress in attendance, Mr. Obama thanked them for taking “a break from their exhausting schedules of not passing any laws to be here tonight.”

He joked about eating dog — “As my stepfather always told me, ‘It’s a boy-eat-dog world out there’ ” — and took a jab at his own administration’s scandal-plagued General Services Administration: “Look at this party. We’ve got men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class entertainment. I was just relieved to learn this was not a GSA conference.”

Mr. Obama closed with a joke at the expense of his Secret Service: “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”

After a politics-themed “Unnecessary Censorship” video modeled after his talk show, Mr. Kimmel started with jabs at the president — “cover your ears if that’s physically possible” — and first lady Michelle Obama, who he said is starving her husband with her healthy-eating initiative and meals of “carrots and sticks.”

The election-year rhetoric continued. “Remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow?” Mr. Kimmel asked Mr. Obama. “That was hilarious. There’s a term for guys like President Obama, probably not two terms …” he continued.

The Republicans weren’t safe, either, with jabs at Mr. Romney tying his dog to the roof of his car and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who was in the audience, about whom Mr. Kimmel said: “It just wasn’t Rick’s year. Rick’s year was 1954.”

Despite a few off-color, but overall well-received, jokes, Mr. Kimmel kept his mocking bipartisan with jokes at the expense of everyone from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, to the Secret Service scandal and Lindsay Lohan’s need for a designated driver.

The one joke that made the media-filled room groan was a deliberate jab at print journalism: “What’s black and white and read all over?” asked Mr. Kimmel. “Nothing anymore.”

The Washington Times was proud of star guest Uggie, who got a shoutout from Mr. Kimmel.

“Uggie is amazing. He can roll over on command,” he said. “He’s a Democrat.”

While we don’t know Uggie’s politics, we do know it was likely a night to remember for him and his fellow attendees, who hopefully had a few laughs with friends of all political persuasions before the real election-year blows begin.