Making fun of yourself

The White House Correspondents’ dinner is an annual gathering between the President of the United States and the journalists that cover him and the White House. Below is President Barack Obama’s speech from this year’s dinner.

There is arguably no role with more power and responsibility than that of the US President. Yet, even in such a serious role, Obama shows the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. Despite the stresses and struggles he faces, he makes fun of those around him, and makes even more fun of himself.

If the US President can laugh at the people who criticize him, his administration, and himself, then so can everyone else. Being able to poke fun at yourself shows that you acknowledge your fallibility, and this is among the first steps to being a great leader.