During his ultimate run at the event on Saturday evening, US President Barack Obama ended his speech with “Obama out,” and a mic drop.
With those closing words, he received a standing ovation from Washington and Hollywood’s most important people.
It seemed like Obama was enjoying his eighth and last speech to the White House Correspondents’ Association at its annual dinner. During his address, the president talked about himself, possible replacements in the Oval Office and even Britain’s little Prince George.
Obama is known for his sense of humour, comic timing and one-liner delivery, and he didn’t disappoint.
While indulging himself in a roasting session, the president took digs at celebrities, journalists, politicos and his potential successors by taking them down, says NPR.
He said that he felt Hillary Clinton was an aunt who couldn’t figure out how to use Facebook. According to Obama, Bernie Sanders is a “comrade,” hinting at Sanders’ Democratic socialist status.
His funny and reflective remarks were heard by a ballroom full of journalists, politicians, advertisers and celebrities at a dinner at the Washington Hilton.
It is renowned for celebrating press freedoms and the activity of White House reporters. Other than that it funds journalism scholarships and awards.
“In just six short months, I will be officially a lame duck, which means Congress now will flat-out reject my authority. And Republican leaders won’t take my phone calls,” he said.
He added that this is going to take some to get used to as it’s a curveball. He is unaware of the way to handle it, says LA Times.
Although Obama outdid the comedian of the night, Larry Wilmore, it would be wrong to say that Wilmore didn’t get some hearty applause.
“Oh, I just got a note from the president saying that if you want another drink, you should order it now because the bar will be closing down,” Wilmore said.
“Of course, he said the same thing about Guantanamo, so you have at least another eight years.”
Obama ended his appearance on a serious note while praising the press corps. He mentioned Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who was released in January after 544 days in an Iranian prison.