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Current Events / Politics PopWrapped | Current Events

'Obama Out': President Obama Literally Drops The Mic At White House Correspondents' Dinner

Ursula Martinez | PopWrapped Author

Ursula Martinez

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05/05/2016 5:16 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
'Obama Out': President Obama Literally Drops The Mic At White House Correspondents' Dinner | President
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Can a president have better comedic timing than a comedian? The answer appears to be yes, as evidenced by President Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. President Obama got even more laughs from the audience than The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore, who actually made a great intro -- starting the night off with this gem: “Welcome to Negro Night here in Washington -- or, as Fox News will report, Two Thugs Disrupt Elegant Dinner in D.C.”

President Obama owned the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, taking jabs at Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. He made fun of himself, talked sweetly about his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, thanked the press and even talked about getting high, yes, you read that right.

Take a look at President Obama’s best zingers:

- “It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

- “I do apologize. I know I was a little late tonight. I was running on CPT, which stands for jokes that white people should not make.” (Referencing New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio's joke about 'Colored People Time'.)

- “If this material works well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.” (In regard to the paid speeches many politicians -- and candidates -- give.)

- “Next year, at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it’s anyone guess who she will be.”

- “Eight years ago, I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific.”

- “Even some foreign leaders, they’ve been looking ahead, anticipating my departure. Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face.”

- “While in England, I did have lunch with her Majesty the Queen, took in a performance of Shakespeare, hit the links with David Cameron. Just in case anyone was debating whether I am black enough, I think that settles the debate.”

- “Despite all this, despite the churn, in my final year my approval ratings keep going up. The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major.”

- “I love Joe Biden. I really do. And I want to thank him for his friendship, for his counsel, for always giving it to me straight, for not shooting anybody in the face. Thank you, Joe.” (In reference to Dick Cheney, Vice President to George W. Bush at the time, shooting a friend in the face in a hunting incident.)

- “Bernie, you look like a million bucks. Or, to put in terms you’ll understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.”

- “I am hurt though, Bernie, that you have been distancing yourself little from me. I mean that’s just not something that you do to your comrade.”

- “You’ve got admit it though, Hillary trying appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for 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.’ It’s not entirely persuasive.”

- “Guests were asked to check whether they wanted steak or fish. But instead, a whole bunch of you wrote in Paul Ryan. That’s not an option, people. Steak or fish.”

- “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 doin’?”

- “And there is 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.”

President Obama ended his speech on a more serious note, talking about the importance of free press and thanking journalists for their work. “I know that there are times that we’ve had differences and that’s inherent in our institutional roles. That is true of every president and his press corps. But we’ve always shared the same goal to root our public discourse in the truth. To open the doors of this democracy. To do whatever we can to make our country and our world more free and more just.” He said, finishing with, “So, I want to close my final White House Correspondents’ Dinner by just saying thank you. I’m very proud of what you’ve done. It has been an honor and a privilege to work side by side with you to strengthen our democracy.”

The coolest President the US has had finished his speech with this instant classic: “With that, I just have two more words to say: Obama out.” He stretched out his arm and literally dropped the mic, receiving, of course, thunderous applause from the audience.

You can watch President Obama's whole speech here:


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