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The best of Obama at WH Correspondents’ Dinner 2016 *mic drop*

Taking potshots at Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and himself as well, Barack Obama made the coolest WHCD speech ever.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 1, 2016 5:33:49 pm
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Barack Obama made his final speech to the White House Correspondents’ Association — an organisation of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States — during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30, 2016. His speech is set to go down in the White House’s history as the coolest WHCD speech — and sign off — by a POTUS ever. He took potshots at Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, the media and Donald Trump, making full use of this last chance to do so. Watch Barack Obama’s last WHCD speech here.

Here are some highlights from the speech:

* “Good evening everybody. It is an honour to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents’ Dinner. You all look great. The end of the Republic has never looked better.”

* My brilliant and beautiful wife Michelle is here tonight. She looks so happy to be here. It’s called practice. It’s like learning to do three-minute planks. She makes it look easy now. But…

* “Eight years ago, I was a young man, full of idealism, and vigour. Look at me now. I’m gray, grizzled, and just counting down the days until my death panel.”

* “Michelle hasn’t aged a bit—the only way you can date her in photos is by looking at me.”

* “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. And this is going to take some getting use to.”

* “You know who you are, Republicans. In fact, I think we’ve got Republican senators Tim Scott and Cory Gardner. They are in the house, which reminds me … security bar the doors. Judge Merrick Garland come on out. We are going to do this right here. Right now. It’s like the red wedding.”

* “Even journalists are leaving me . . . Jake Tapper left journalism to join CNN.”

* “But the prospect of leaving the White House is a mixed bag. You might have heard that someone jumped the White House fence last week, but I have to give the Secret Service credit. They found Michelle and brought her back.”

* “My approval ratings keep going up,” Obama said. “The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide my major.”

* “As you know, Spotlight is a film, a movie about investigative journalists with the resources and the autonomy to chase down the truth and hold the powerful accountable. Best fantasy film since Star Wars.”

* “Look. That was maybe a cheap shot. I understand the news business is tough these days. It keeps changing all the time. Every year at this dinner somebody makes a joke about Buzzfeed, for example, changing the media landscape.”

* “Kendall Jenner is also here. And we had a chance to meet her backstage. She seems like a very nice, young woman. I’m not exactly sure what she does, but I’m told that my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof.”

* “Look, I’ve said how much I admire Hillary’s toughness, her smarts, her policy chops, her experience. You’ve got admit it though, Hillary trying appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook. ‘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.”

* “A lot of folks have been surprised by the Bernie phenomenon,” Obama said. “One young person said to me recently that she was tired of politicians standing in the way of their dreams … as if we were going to let Malia go to Burning Man this year.”

* “I’m a little hurt he’s (Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump) not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time. And it’s a little surprising — you have a room full of reporters and cameras, and he says no? Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults at Angela Merkel?”

* “The Republican establishment is incredulous that he is their most likely nominee. Incredulous. Shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world — Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.”

* “I don’t want to spend too much time on the Donald. Following your lead, I want to show some restraint. Because from the start, I think he’s received the right amount of coverage, fitting the seriousness of his campaign. I hope you’re all proud of yourselves. The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost, and now we’re praying that Cleveland makes it through July.”

Obama then proceeded to sign off with some flair.

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