During his speech, Bush expressed surprise that none of the presidential contenders were at the annual dinner. "Senator McCain's not here. He probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit. You know, he's not alone. Jenna (Bush's daughter] is moving out, too." "Hillary Clinton couldn't get in because of sniper fire and Senator Obama's at church."
According to the Scotsman, Bush admitted to being "a little wistful" in his final appearance at the dinner, showing video clips of his routines from previous years. He finished by conducting the US Marine Corps Band in a medley of patriotic marches. The White House Correspondents' Dinner was created in 1920. Media personalities, celebrities and politicians attend it.