President skewers media, Trump at correspondents’ dinner
President Barack Obama took his leave of the White House press corps Saturday with a sardonic blast at Donald Trump, the Republican Party and even fellow Democrats in his final tart-tongued stand-up riff for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Trump, the widely anticipated target of Obama’s barbs who was memorably skewered in 2011, was not in attendance — a fact that did not go unnoticed by the commander in chief.
“I am a little hurt he’s not here tonight,” Obama said. “We had so much fun the last time. And it is surprising — you have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he be possibly doing instead? Eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?”
Obama took shots at the Democratic race, telling Bernie Sanders, who was in attendance, “You look like a million bucks. Or to put it in terms you’ll understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.”
He also weighed in on the speculation surrounding the 2016 race, joking, “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.”
Obama ended his speech telling the audience, “And with that, I just have two more words to say — Obama out.” He brought two fingers to his lips, using his other hand to lift a microphone up in front of him and dropped it in a dramatic fashion, referencing when performers intentionally “drop the mic” to emphasize a great performance.
Washington salivated at the prospect of a sequel to his blistering evisceration of Trump in 2011. Back then, the President used that speech to publicly ridicule Trump — who was in the audience — for the billionaire’s claims that Obama was not a natural-born American and was therefore disqualified from being President.
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“Obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience,” Obama said then, slamming Trump for his supposed displays of leadership on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“These are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled sir, well handled,” Obama said sarcastically.