White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. took place last night. Celebrities and journalist gathered for what is nicknamed “the nerd prom.” Hashtags #WHCD and #nerdprom are trending on social media sites and were covered by ESPN and CNN.
The WHCD is an annual black-tie event, and was hosted by Larry Wilmore this year. President Barack Obama was a guest of honor, making his final appearance as President of the United State of America. As Barack Obama polishes his annual — and final — stand up riff for the WHDC, many hoped he’d perform a sequel to his roast of Trump in 2011.
Obama used his speech to address Trump claims that he was not a natural born American and should be disqualified from the presidency. Trump — who was in the audience that year — was not in attendance this year.
“Obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience,” Obama said, slamming Trump for his supposed displays of leadership on Celebrity Apprentice.
This year Obama pulled a Kobe Bryant in giving a nod at his correspondents dinner and soon the White House.
In his roasting session, Obama did not disappoint. He likened Hillary Clinton to an aunt who couldn’t figure out Facebook. And called Bernie Sanders “comrade” mocking his democratic socialist status. And of course, Donald Trump was his main roast.
“Well let me conclude tonight on a more serious note. I want to thank the Washington press corps,” Obama said. “The free press is central to our democracy and … nah! I’m just kidding! You know I’m gonna talk about Trump! Come on!,” he said.
“Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?”
Obama even joked about Trump’s foreign policy.
“There’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”
Obama even addressed Hillary Clinton, apologizing for a delay in a quip that turned on the former Secretary of State.
“I know I was a little late tonight,” Obama said in his opening remarks. “I was running on CPT — which stands for jokes that white people should not make.”
Obama even addressed Harriet Tubman as the face of the new $20 bill.
He even cracked on himself.
“Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific,” Obama said.
“Eight years ago I was a young man, full of idealism and vigor,” Obama said. “And look at me now: I am grey and grizzled, and just counting down the days ’til my death panel.”
Before he dropped the mic, he predicted his successor in a not so subtle way.
“Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be,” Obama said.
He ended his roast with a sincere thank you to press corps.
“I just have two more words to say,” the president said. “Obama out.”
Comedian Larry Wilmore took over saying, “It’s not easy to follow the president.”
Some critics were affronted by the word. The Nightly Show host then took shots at the media and presidential aspirants Sanders, Clinton, Trump, and Sen. Ted Cruz, though he ultimately ended on a solemn note.
“I’ve always joked that I voted for the president because he’s black,” Wilmore said, as USA Today reported. “But behind that joke is the humble appreciation for the historical implications for what your presidency means. When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world. Words alone do me no justice.”
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