The History Channel's The Bible, Bill O'Reilly's upcoming book Killing Jesus, and the Pope were subjects to jokes during Sunday night's White House Correspondent Dinner
Several cable channels including MSNBC, CNN, and A&E were respresented at the light-hearted dinner specially held for the Media. The president, however, suggested that the History Channel skipped the dinner due to a controversial protrayal in The Bible.
"The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing... Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They thought that comparison was not fair ... to Satan," Barack Obama said in jest.
The joke referred the controversy surrounding Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani's protrayal of Satan. Many believed that Quazzani's Satan bore a striking resemblance to Obama. The Bible Co-Creator and Mary Actress Roma Downing told FOX News' Sean Hannity in March that her "heart sank" when she awoke to the news that everyone was talking about Satan the Monday after Jesus made his first appearance on screen.
Emcee Conan O"Brien also mocked conservative news channel joking FOX News Host Bill O'Reilly's book would be the first to blame Jesus' death on Obamacare. He also ribbed Obama's record of job creation.
"The president is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled. The number of ‘Tonight Show,’" O'Brien joked.