When O'Brien focused his humor on the president, he nailed him on his jobs strategy: "As you all know, the president is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled. The number of 'Tonight Show' hosts has tripled." But the comedian also took a moment for reflection as he brought up the Boston Marathon bombing, thanking the president "for visiting that great city and helping those people begin to heal."
The dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, was first established in 1920 with the intent to increase communication between the president and the press. It was a men-only event until 1962, when President John F. Kennedy said he wouldn't attend unless women were invited as well.