President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final White House Correspondents' Dinner speech on Saturday night, and as you may have expected, he didn't hold back in poking fun at the 2016 presidential race, the media, and himself. From Bernie Sanders to Prince George to CNN, nobody was safe from the president's hilarious jabs -- especially Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
"I am excited," Obama said early in his remarks. "If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year... Earn me some serious Tubmans."
Unsurprisingly, Obama spent much of his half-hour speech roasting the GOP and its presumed presidential nominee, who he called out for not being in attendance despite the room full of media, cameras, and celebrities. However, the president also suggested Trump could actually bring certain valuable experiences to the presidency, saying, "There's one area where Trump's experience could be invaluable ... closing down Guantanamo. Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground." He also commended Trump's extensive history of dealing with important world leaders like “Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan," for example.
The president also joked about his struggle with Republican leadership over his Supreme Court pick, making a glorious reference to an infamous Game of Thrones scene that elicited a few gasps among the celebrities, politicians, media, and other Washington D.C. insiders in the room. Democrats got their fair share of ridicule, too, including Sanders, who was in attendance with his wife, Jane. “Bernie, you look like a million bucks!" Obama said. "Or to put it in terms you’ll understand: 37,000 donations of $27 each." He also likened Clinton's ongoing attempts to win over young people to everyone's older relative who just signed up for Facebook.
While last night's speech might not have been Obama's best act at the WHCD, the president served up plenty of laughs and jokes everyone can enjoy, regardless of political inclination or party affiliation. His "Obama out" mic drop at the end was pretty great, too.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and hopes everyone can see the humor in this, regardless of political inclination. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.