The Lighthearted Leanings of Leadership

Ronald Reagan could deliver jokes like the best of them, but do American presidents need to make the masses laugh?

This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 30, 2011, when President Barack Obama stepped up to the podium at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to deliver a dig and dig for a laugh.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.