“You can’t say it, but you know it’s true,” said a smirking President Obama as Anna Kendrick’s “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” played while he walked to the podium. Coming in hot, President Obama dropped more than a few jokes during his final White House Correspondents Dinner–– pun intended, you’ll see why––and went out with a bang. However, before we start with the President’s best jokes, here’s what you need to know about The White House Correspondents Dinner.
The White House Correspondents Association represents hundreds of journalists who cover the White House, in an effort to ensure free press for the upcoming year. Each year, the White House hosts a dinner attended by the President and the First Lady, past and current governors and politicians, and random celebrities that will boost its Twitter coverage – that’s you Kendall! More importantly, it is a time when the President can openly rip on public figures, and they can’t get pissed.
So let the hunger games begin!
Right out of the gate, President Obama made a jab at Bill De Blasio, mayor of New York City, who in early April forgot he was on TV and excused his lateness as he was running on “CP time”, also known as colored people time. “I do apologize, I know I was a little late tonight,” President Obama said in an apologetic tone, “I was running on CPT. Which stands for, ‘jokes that white people should not make.’”
Up next, Obama smokes pot. Well, maybe, we don’t know for sure if he still does but he is the first President to have ever admitted it! With regards to his highest approval ratings yet, Obama joked, “Last time I was this high I was trying to decide on my college major.” We feel that.
It’s no news that the GOP has been struggling in its race for presidency, to put it kindly. It wasn’t news to President Obama either, and with chairman of the GOP, Reince Priebus, in attendance, the President had quite the opportunity. “Glad to see that you feel that you’ve earned the night off. Congratulations on all your success: The Republican Party, the nomination process; it’s all going great. Keep it up,” said one happy Obama to a not so happy Priebus. One could almost hear him muttering “You know I’m right,” and “Yeah, fuck you,” through his pearly-white smiles.
Another favorite was President Obama impersonating his former running mate and chief of staff, and current candidate for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. “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 proceeded, to the crowd’s delight, to impersonate Hillary: “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.” He barely got through it before laughing himself.
And lastly, my personal favorite, Obama vs. Cruz. President Obama discussed how Cruz had been having a tough time lately. “He went to Indiana — Hoosier Country — stood on a basketball court and called the hoop a basketball ring…But sure, I’m the foreign one,” said the witty Obama and the crowd immediately roared into laughter.
I think it’s safe to say that Obama seriously crushed his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The audience loved every one of his jokes and even many politicians ~laughed~ at their own roasts. To top the evening off, President Obama ended his speech in the most appropriate and epic way that a President could. “And with that I just have a few more words to say: Obama Out.” Cue mic drop. Not kidding, President Obama literally said “Obama Out,” put two fingers over his mouth, and dropped the microphone in his most bad-ass exit yet. Now he’s set the bar high for his departure from The White House. All eyes on you, Barry, on inauguration day! No pressure.