President Obama met with the media during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner made several sarcastic jokes to open his speech. I love sarcasm, but I know that not everyone can appreciate sarcasm. Sarcasm uses satire and irony to express cutting, offensive, and/or critical remarks. Satire uses the cover of humor to hide the verbal attack allowing for plausible deniability. Sarcasm is always based on partial truth which the speaker and the target understand as true.
1. The jokes tonight are brought to you tonight by Goldman Sachs. If you don't think these jokes are funny, don't worry, Goldman Sachs makes money whether you laugh or not (not laughing).
2. My approval rating here in America continues to drop, but I don't worry about that. At least I am still popular in the nation of my birth (Kenya?).
3. Critics of the health care bill are angry because they say the legislation contains several secret provisions. But those critics couldn't be more wrong, the health care bill contains hundreds of secret provisions. (national ID card, quality factor)