WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's standup comedy routine, to be delivered Saturday at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, remains a secret.
The well-guarded and regularly updated 1,100-word speech, likely full of self-depreciating jokes, is in a bland-looking file marked "Presidential Statement." An assortment of Hollywood joke writers, White House lawyers and other advisors are responsible for the script, including actor Zach Galifinakis, White House speechwriter Cody Keenan and his deputy David Litt, a former intern at the humor website The Onion.
"Not every world leader would expose himself like that," commented Litt. Keenan added, "His general interest is making sure it's funny. What's great about it is it gives you a chance to point out all the absurdities of Washington—and there are plenty of them."
The speech is less a presidential address and more like a topical comedy routine. Saturday's is Obama's seventh speech.
"I'm sure I'll write a couple hundred jokes to end up with 15 or 20 that make it into the speech," said speech writer Jon Lovett. "It's the best assignment in the world," "It's the coolest thing. It's a chance for the president to make fun of the most ridiculous people in the world. What could get better than that?"