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Obama Kills in Comedy Routine at Last White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Submitted by on May 8, 2016 – 12:04 pmNo Comment

In his final appearance as president at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner — perhaps the final White House correspondents’ dinner — Barack Obama showed his signature biting, dry humor, dropping some of the best jokes of his eight years in office.

“I know, I was a little late tonight. I was running on CPT,” the president said, referring to an inappropriate joke made by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio and Hillary Clinton. “Which stands for ‘jokes that white people should not make.’”

Obama made himself, and his regrets for the past several years, the butt of many jokes: “Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific.”

“Eight years ago, I was a young man full of idealism and vigor. And look at me now, I am gray and grizzled, and counting down the days to my death panel.”

Some of the president’s edgier material criticized the journalists in the room (though there weren’t many, as the annual event has been taken over by celebrities and hangers-on), as he joked that “Jake Tapper left journalism for CNN,” and that Spotlight, the Oscar-winning film about well-supported investigative journalists, was “the best fantasy film since Star Wars.”

Finally, Obama reserved his best barbs for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“[Closing the prison at Guantanamo is] one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”

“They say he lacks foreign policy experience. But he’s been meeting foreign leaders: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.”

Obama closed his speech by taking his cool-guy image into self parody: “Obama out,” he said, as he kissed his fingers and raised them to the sky, then pulled a mic from behind the podium, and literally dropped the mic.

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