WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 – President Obama delivered his final laugh at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, taking jabs at both Democratic and Republican candidates.
In his roasting session, the president united celebrities, journalists, politicos and his potential successors by aiming barbs at all of them. Known for his comedic timing and one-liner delivery, Obama didn’t disappoint.
He likened Hillary Clinton to an aunt who couldn’t figure out how to use Facebook and called Bernie Sanders “comrade,” poking at his Democratic socialist status. And of course, he didn’t leave out Donald Trump.
It is surprising — you have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says, “No.” Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he be possibly doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?
President Obama referenced Hillary Clinton’s recent gaffe with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio when he said he was running on “CPT,” and poked fun at her relationship with Goldman Sachs, saying: “If this material works well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.”
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President Obama jabbed Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders by saying, “Bernie, you look like a million bucks,” Obama said. “Or to put it in terms you understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.”
President Obama closed out his comedic routine on a serious note, saluting the press corps, including Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was released in January after 544 days in an Iranian prison.
Obama received a few hits too. A video that played tribute to his nearly eight years in office contained highlights of his verbal gaffes — his reference to “57 states” and misspelling ‘respect” among them — as well as light-hearted moments.
While President Obama avoided making controversial jokes, comedian Larry Wilmore, the professional entertainment, made several racist jokes throughout the night. He welcomed the audience to “Negro night.” Wilmore jokingly told the president to “stay in his lane” before diving into his roast.
“President Obama’s hair is so white, it’s started saying ‘All Lives Matter,'” Wilmore teased before later adding, “All I’m saying is that in less than eight years, Mr. President, you’ve busted two time-honored stereotypes: Black does crack and, apparently, once you go black, it looks like we are going back. Thanks, Ben Carson.”
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Wilmore raised eyebrows in ending by using a controversial term based on a racial slur. “Words alone do me no justice. So, Mr. President, I’m going to keep it 100: Yo Barry, you did it my n—a. You did it,” Wilmore said.
Obama ended the evening with, “And with that, I just have two more words to say -– Obama out.” Drops the microphone and walks away. In glory accompanied by applause and laughter.