US NEWS — President Barack Obama got one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner — but it was Donald Trump who got the biggest roasting.
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.
“The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we’re praying that Cleveland makes it through July.”
And Obama, who turned comedian for the night, left the room in stitches when he finished his speech and dropped hismicrophone on the floor.
4/30/2016 President Obama and Larry Wilmore at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner The annual White House correspondents’ dinner—the last of Barack Obama’s presidency—will take place Saturday night.
As he does every year, Obama will speak and tell jokes. Comedian Larry Wilmore will host the event, and he has said he’s looking forward to taking on the challenge of hosting Obama’s last dinner and using the 2016 presidential race as comedic inspiration. Wilmore and other celebrities have also predicted that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will be the subject of many of the evening’s jokes. C-SPAN’s coverage of the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner features guest red carpet arrivals, interviews on preparations for the event, as well as remarks by President Obama and The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore.