Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy


(JTA) — President Barack Obama took a playful jibe at journalists over the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

“It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, referring to the House speaker’s invitation to Netanyahu to speak to a joint session last month against the Iran nuclear agreement without the White House’s knowledge.

The president also took aim at those who claim that he is a Muslim.

“I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran. All while finding time to pray five times a day. Which is strenuous,” he said.

The dinner raises money for scholarships for budding journalists.

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