President Obama went out in style at his eighth and final White House Correspondents Dinner.
Obama touched on both Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and took a lot of time roasting Donald Trump before dropping the mic with the two epic words “Obama Out”.
However the most awkward moment of the night was when comedian Larry Wilmore took to the stage for a short monologue where he dropped the N-word in an ode to the President.
Wilmore is best known for appearances as the “senior black correspondent” on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is now host of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
During his eighth and final appearance at the event it looked as if Obama was going to finish his speech having largely left the brash billionaire out of his jokes. But as expected Obama got the last laugh.
“We weren’t just going to stop there! Come on! Although I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time,” Obama joked.
“It is surprising. You’ve got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras and he says no. 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 asked the crowd of guests.
“The Republican establishment is incredulous that he is their most likely nominee. Incredulous! Shocking! They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president.
“But, in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world — Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.
“And there’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable and that is in closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”
Obama told the guests that despite having much more material on Trump he would finish his jibes there.
“I don’t want to spend too much time on the Donald. Following your lead, I want to show some restraint. Because I think we can all agree that, from the start, he’s gotten the appropriate amount of coverage, befitting the seriousness of his candidacy. I hope y’all are proud of yourselves!,” he said.
And Obama, who turned comedian for the night, left the room in stitches when he finished his speech and dropped his microphone on the floor.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama enjoys the opportunity to speak at the event, in part, because so many of the other speeches he gives deal with such serious topics, and this is the unique event that allows him to share some laughs about the political process and those who participate.
OBAMA’S FIVE BEST JOKES:
On Prince George: “Last week, Prince George showed up to a meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol.”
On Trump: “And there’s one area where Donald’s experience could be valuable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”
On Clinton: “Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook.”
On Cruz: “Ted had a tough week. He went to Indiana, Hoosier country, stood on a basketball court, and called the hoop a basketball ring. What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one. “
On himself: “My approval ratings keep going up. The last time I was this high I was trying to decide on my major.”
This was a memorable WHCD to say the least. Obama will most definitely be missed.