Obama Roasts Trump, Clinton At Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner [VIDEO]
“I’m sorry I was a little late tonight, I was running on CPT,” said President Barack Obama tonight kicking off his remarks at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Which stands for ‘Jokes white people should not make,’” he added in what was the first clear blast of the night in reference to the ill considered and racially themed routine Hillary Clinton and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio did onstage in the Big Apple a few weeks back to much criticism. With often lackluster response, Obama’s remarks on Saturday night slammed Clinton and also Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and CNN with shout-outs to Game Of Thrones and Dame Helen Mirren.
“You know I have to talk about Trump,” Obama teased near the end of his speech in the jokes everyone was waiting for tonight. “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?’ he jabbed remarking on all the cameras and celebs in attendance and the absence of past dinner guest Trump.
After hitting out Trump running “waterfront properties into the ground,” Obama said he would back off on the GOP candidate but then went right after him again. “I think we can all agree that from the start he’s gotten the appropriate amount of coverage fitting the seriousness of his candidacy,” the President added with a smile. “I hope you all are proud of yourselves,” he zinged the assembled media. “The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we’re praying that Cleveland makes it through July,” Obama added with a reference to potential violence at the GOP convention in the Ohio city if Trump is denied the nomination. Surprisingly Trump did not rise to the bait online by responding to the jokes at his expense.
In an homage to Kobe Bryant’s remarks at the end of his last game earlier this month, the President literally dropped the mic and said “Obama Out” after praising the value of a free press in public life.
Before that rather staged exit, Obama also made fun of Clinton in contrast to rival Bernie Sanders’ “Feel The Bern” slogan with what he said should be hers – “Trudge Up The Hill.”
“You got to admit though,” the incumbent added after listing a series of Clinton’s attributes, “Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook.” He followed that with the line “did you get my poke” and a rather poor impersonation of “Aunt Hillary” after giving Sanders, who stood up to big applause, some kinder words – not that Obama obviously thinks the Vermont Senator is following him to the White House.
“Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot but its anyone’s guess who she will be,” the President quipped earlier with an obvious shout to his former Secretary of State and Democratic frontrunner Clinton. Still Hillary time wasn’t over yet as her Wall Street speaking fees got a dig from Obama too. “If this material works well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year, earn me some serious Tubmans,” he cracked about the soon-ish new face of the $20 bill.
But it was Donald Trump that Obama really had in his sights tonight.
“The last time I was this high I was trying to decide on my major, said Obama of his current polls numbers. To explain the latest rise in his popularity, the President then showed very unflattering photos of GOP contenders Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Obama also slammed Trump for supposedly inflating his income in relation to guest and fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg, “who is actually worth the amount of money he says he is.”
After slamming the “loose” GOP race and the hope of many that House Speaker Paul Ryan was running and not “chicken or fish” Cruz and Trump, Obama slagged Ohio Gov. John Kasich as “someone who isn’t polling high enough to warrant his own joke tonight.” A duel image of Kasich eating was then shown on the monitor.
Hollywood got a lot of airtime in the President’s remarks tonight. Obama gave HBO’sGame of Thrones an unspecified reference when mentioning the bloody Red Wedding episode in regards to maybe how he should deal with Republicans who want to block his SCOTUS nominee. Naming Spotlight stars in the house, Obama called the Oscar winning film about “chasing down the truth and holding the powerful accountable” the “best fantasy film since Star Wars” – before admitting that was maybe a cheap shot against journalists in general. “I’m not sure what she does but I hear my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof,” said Obama of Kendal Jenner before offering a genuine appreciation of Helen Mirren, who stood to even bigger applause than Sanders.
As he has in past years, POTUS took potshots at the cable news networks. “Jake Tapper left journalism to join CNN,” Obama said to big laughs and some jeers from the well-heeled media crowd, which included Tapper himself. However, Obama did praise the Pulitzer Prize winning journalism of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team – who were in the house with the cast and creatives of the Oscar winning film based on their work. Oddly, Obama laid off Fox News, which has long been an object of his WHCD scorn in past years.
The President’s remarks Saturday night before First Lady Michelle Obama, the media and Hollywood elite will be followed by Larry Wilmore. The Nightly Show host has said that he will be bringing up issues of race, the President’s legacy and the 2016 election in his routine. As usual, The New York Times doesn’t have tables at the WHCD but Fox News Channel, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, the Boston Globe (who actually invited the director and cast members from Oscar winnerSpotlight and the real-life journalists who inspired the pic), the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg are all there with their own stars and headline attracting guests. From what I hear from sources, FNC superstar and Trump on and off-nemesis Megyn Kelly was by far one of the biggest attractions of this year’s WHCD.
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