Obama Roasts Everyone at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
by Jack Delea on Friday, May 13th, 2016
With his final moments in office nearing, President Obama took the time to look back on his presidency at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30, 2016. And, per usual, Mr. President did not disappoint. In his speech, Obama jabbed at Prince Harry, the film industry, and, most notably, the 2016 presidential candidates.
The event was held by the White House Correspondents’ Association, a group of journalists who cover news from the White House. The association hosts the dinner annually, and it is attended by many important people, usually including the President and the Vice President. With its spot-on one liners and perfectly timed delivery, President Obama’s speech, and the humor in it, captivated the room.
While the President’s speech contained serious notes, like a nod to the press corps and Jason Rezaian, who was held in an Iranian prison for 544 days, Obama’s final Correspondents’ Dinner speech focused mainly on comedy. His offhand humor surprised many, but always seemed to land. For example, in his speech, Obama explained that he was late because he “was running on CPT, which stands for jokes that white people should not make.” CPT actually stands for “colored people’s time,” originating from the racial stereotype that African Americans are always late. However, Obama was making a dig at Hillary Clinton, who once joked that CPT stands for “Caution Politician Time.”
In addition, the president described how “Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol,” and how “Spotlight is a film about investigative journalists with the resources, the autonomy, to chase down the truth and hold the powerful accountable. Best fantasy film since Star Wars.”
Mr. President’s jokes didn’t stop there. He went on to publicly roast the main candidates in the 2016 presidential election. He began the segment by saying, “you can’t say it, but you know it’s true… It is an honor to be here at my last – and perhaps the last – White House Correspondent’s Dinner”, a general poke at all of the candidates.
He then compared Hillary Clinton to an older aunt who struggles to use Facebook and called Bernie his “comrade”, referencing Bernie’s democratic-socialist status. Finally, he spoke seriously about the Washington press corps before saying, “I’m just kidding, you know I’ve got to talk about Trump!” President Obama targeted Donald Trump with many of his jokes, stating, “there is one area where The Donald’s experience could be useful, and that is closing Guantanamo — Donald knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.” He also addressed Donald Trump’s absence, asking, “what could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel?”
Desi Devaul (IV) who watched the dinner said that “I thought [president Obama’s speech] was pretty funny. I liked it because it had moments where it was politically pointed, but it was still a comedy act. It was a good victory lap for president Obama.” The president’s speech was very balanced, as it made sure to included jokes about a member of every party. By poking fun at everyone, Obama seemed to offer a perspective from outside of his presidency.
President Obama’s final White House Correspondent’s Dinner Speech was simply hilarious, fitting in political humor as well as jokes that anyone could get a giggle out of. His unforgettable exit, a mic drop, followed by “Obama out,” a tribute to Kobe Bryant, best exemplifies both his joy and the light-hearted feel of the entire event.
Short URL: http://miltonmeasure.org/?p=8111