Appearing at the same table as President Barack Obama, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel drew attention over the weekend following his pro-pot remarks while speaking at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. After fifteen minutes of skewering Obama and many others in attendance with his typical laid-back smarmy style, Kimmel turned to the president and asked more pointedly: "I do have one real question for you, Mr. President. What’s with the [medical] marijuana crackdown? I mean, seriously, what is the concern - we will deplete the nation's Funyun supply?"
Kimmel followed that up with a remark both pointed and funny: "Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote." Obama smiled during these jokes, but wasn’t laughing as hard as he had been earlier during Kimmel’s monologue, when other subjects were mocked.
The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! then turned to the crowd, opting for some audience participation: "Let’s take a quick poll. I’d like everyone in this room to raise your hand if you've never smoked pot," Kimmel requested.
The CSPAN coverage then widened out to a shot of the entire ballroom and scant arms were raised. Kimmel quipped, “Look at [FOX News commentator] Brit Hume - he’s high right now. He’s on his fourth almond macaroon.”
Kimmel then turned back to Obama and actually got a little serious before ending his commentary with a gag: "Mr. President, I hope you don’t think I’m out of line here, but marijuana is something that real people care about, and the fact that you believe Speaker [of the House of Representatives John] Boehner when he tells you he still has control of his party leads me to believe that you must be smoking some crazy-great weed yourself."
The White House Correspondents’ Association first sponsored the Correspondents’ Dinner in 1920 and it is now held annually in D.C. on the last Saturday of April each year in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton (site of the 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan and presently co-owned by NBA legend Magic Johnson). These days, the Dinner is a weekend of hosting parties and celebrities both from the Beltway and Tinsel Town. The Today Show called the Dinner a chance for Obama to “show off his lighter side” and referred to him as the “Comedian-in-Chief." Good thing a real comedian like Jimmy Kimmel was at the Dinner to remind the president there is no “lighter side” when it comes to the unwarranted raids of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Kimmel begins addressing the medical marijuana raids at 21:50 in the video below: