- President Barack Obama had a grand time roasting his critics and colleagues at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
- Obama made a couple remarks about Hillary including referring to her as the relative that just signed up for Facebook for the first time.
- At the end of the night Obama then implied who the next president will be, “Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot — and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.”
Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state under the Obama administration and 2016 Democratic frontrunner, was on the receiving end of one the president’s most memorable lines.
After commending Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for connecting with young voters, Obama jabbed Clinton over her inability to do so.
“You’ve got to admit it, though, Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative that just signed up for Facebook,” Obama said.
He then imitated Clinton in a mocking tone, “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.”
The joke was very well received by the room full of journalists, politicians, and celebrities. Watch the moment below via C-SPAN
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It was Obama’s eighth appearance at the event and his last as president. TV host Larry Wilmore provided the professional comedy for the evening.
“If this material works well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year,” Obama said. “Earn me some serious Tubman’s.”
The president waxed nostalgic at times. “Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific.”
And he acknowledged that the years had taken their toll. “I’m gray, grizzled … counting down the days to my death panel.”
In a more complimentary joke aimed at Clinton, Obama at one point stated, “Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot — and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.”
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Turning serious at the end of his remarks, the president thanked the White House press corps and praised a free press.
“I just have two more words to say: Obama out.” With that, he held out the mic and dropped it.
— Beni Fwelo (@beniito4reaL) May 1, 2016
As usual, the Washington Hilton ballroom was a celebrity-spotters dream. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and other government officials taking a seat. Also on hand were Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump, a regular in recent years, was absent this time, but a son and daughter-in-law, Donald Jr. and Vanessa Trump, were spotted on the red carpet.
Among the film and television performers at the event were Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Jared Leto, “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, “Independence Day” stars Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, actress Rachel McAdams, and “Night Manager” miniseries star, Tom Hiddleston.
Source: The Blaze