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President Barack Obama took the stage for his last (and “perhaps the last,” he joked) White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, taking shots at everything from Hillary Clinton to Prince George to the GOP.
“I am excited,” he began. “If this material works well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.
“Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here at this very spot,” Obama said, saying he was getting sentimental. “And it’s anyone’s guess who she will be,” he added, alluding to frontrunner Hillary Clinton. He later added that Clinton trying to appeal to young people was “a little like a relative trying to use Facebook.”
“Dear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I’m using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary,” Obama said, mimicking Clinton’s voice.
Clinton later responded to the joke by calling herself “Aunt Hillary” in a tweet.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 1, 2016
The President also addressed how eight years ago he was “a young man full of idealism, “but look at me now,” he joked, “just counting down the days until my death panel.”
Obama also spoke about soon becoming a lame duck, which will be odd for him because Republicans won’t listem to him anymore and “won’t take my calls,” he said sarcastically. He also called out GOP chairman Reince Priebus, telling him that the current Republican race to the White House “is just going great.” He even compared the current crop of GOP candidates to the dinner attendees “choosing steak or fish, but writing in Paul Ryan.”
Leaders have been “anticipating my departure,” said Obama. “Last week, Prince George showed up to meet me in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face.”
Lamenting the many reporters who have left the White House recently as they ready for his departure, the POTUS added his sadness that Jake Tapper “left journalism to join CNN.” Obama also took a moment to thank Joe Biden for his years of work, friendship and “for not shooting anybody in the face,” he quipped in a nod to Dick Cheney.
Turning to “fantasy film” Spotlight, he even thanked the investigative journalists who “hold the powerful accountable” — Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber.
Obama also had a Socialist “comrade” joke for Bernie Sanders after introducing the Democratic candidate. “We’ve got the bright new face of the Democratic party here tonight, Mr. Bernie Sanders,” he said to loud applause. “Bernie, you look like a million bucks. Or to put it in terms you’ll understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $20 each.”
The President almost finished his speech before interrupting himself: “Nah, I’m just kidding. You know I’ve got to talk about Trump! We weren’t just going to stop there. Come on!”
Saying that he’s hurt that Donald Trump didn’t show up because “we had so much fun the last time,” he asked, “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? At home, eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel?
“I don’t want to spend too much time on the Donald, following your lead,” Obama said to the journalists in the audience. “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 you’re happy.”
Introducing Larry Wilmore, he called the host “one of the two black guys who’s not Jon Stewart. You’re the South African, right?”
Last year, Obama made headlines for performing his remarks with Key and Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key as his “anger translator,” when the duo took on CNN and The Walking Dead.
Watch his full speech below.
May 1, 4:35 p.m. PT: Updated with Clinton’s tweet
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