Barack Obama makes an excellent joke about Fox News and 'Obamaphones'

The President of the United States took the mickey out of the right-wing broadcaster during a conference

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President Barack Obama - leader of the free world, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Democratic Party - has taken a swipe at Fox News.

Speaking at a Georgetown University conference about poverty, Obama addressed topics including family, the media, the economy and budgets.

On top of the serious talk, Obama made a pretty decent gag about the right-wing news station and giving away "free Obamaphones".

"There's always been a strain in American politics where you've got the middle class and the question's been: who are you mad at - if you're struggling? If you're working, but you don't seem to be getting ahead," he said.


"And over the last few years, sadly, I think there's been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top or be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, or don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.

"And look, it's still being propagated. And I have to say, if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu. They will find folks who make me mad. I don't know where they find them! Like: "I don't want to work, I just want a free Obamaphone!" And that becomes an entire narrative.

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Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele and Barack Obama perform at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala

"It's happening. Rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress - which is much more typical - who's raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can't pay the bills."

This is by no means Obama's first brush with comedy. At the White House Correspondents Dinner last month, he performed a Key and Peele sketch - and it was actually pretty funny.

Gags included: "Some people say I’m arrogant, condescending and aloof. Some people are so dumb." He also joked that Vice-President Joe Biden had "gotten so close in some places in Indiana they won’t serve us pizza anymore".