President Obama White House Correspondents’ Dinner Video 2016: Watch Full WHCD Speech!
President Obama gave his last White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech of his presidency on Sunday, cracking jokes about everything from the end of his term to Donald Trump. Check out the video below!
Obama took to the podium as the song lines “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” played, and began by cracking, “You can’t say it, but you know it’s true.” He then alluded to Trump’s run for president, saying how this would be the last WHCD dinner… and the end of the Republic. Rattling off some more jokes, the President said, “If this material works well, I’m gonna use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.” He next gave a shout-out to his “beautiful and brilliant wife Michelle,” saying she looked “happy to be here” thanks to “practice.”
“Next year, someone else is going to be standing here in this spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be,” Obama said, prompting large laughs and cheers for his Hillary Clinton reference. He then poked fun at himself and his growing age, saying how Clinton once questioned whether he’d be ready for “the 3 a.m.” phone call. “Now I’m awake anyway because I gotta go to the bathroom,” he joked.
He then went on to show photos of himself and FLOTUS, showing that while she still looks the same, he keeps looking more and more elderly. The last picture had him as a skeleton, leading to big laughs. Obama then said how some are looking forward to his departure, and spoke of how Prince George greeted him in his bathrobe last week. “That was a slap in the face,” he deadpanned.
It was a pointed dig about CNN and Jake Tapper that led to some boos, but Obama went on to tout how his approval ratings keep going up. “The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major,” he joked. “Nobody can explain my rising polls numbers.” Then an image of Ted Cruz and Trump appeared on screen.
Obama thanked Vice President Joe Biden for a number of things, including “for not shooting anybody in the face.” He then asked the room to “give it up” for the night’s host Larry Wilmore, though those jokes fell flat. The laughs came back with references to attendees Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, and their film Spotlight.
An awkward joke about guest Kendall Jenner followed. “She seems like a very nice woman,” Obama said. “I’m not exactly sure what she does, but I’m told my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof.” For Helen Mirren, though, the President said, “I don’t even have a joke here. I just think Helen Mirren is awesome.”
Obama went on to compare Trump and Michael Bloomberg, leading the former New York City mayor to stand to laughs and applause. Bernie Sanders also stood when he was name-checked, but his reaction wasn’t clear when a few jokes then came at his expense. Obama went on to take a shot at John Kasich, quipping, “Some candidates are polling high enough to qualify for their own joke tonight.”
He then mocked Ted Cruz for recently calling a basketball hoop a “ring,” cracking, “But sure, I’m the foreign one!” After, Obama acted like he was about to conclude before saying, “Just kidding! We’ve got to talk about Trump! We weren’t just going to stop there!”
Obama called it “surprising” that Trump said no to coming tonight given the reporters, celebs, and cameras in attendance. “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?” he asked. “Is he at home eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel?” The President then made fun of Trump’s pageant past, and his history of filing for bankruptcy.
Switching gears, the President went on to note how he’ll be staying in D.C. for a few more years, in part because Michelle wants to visit her carrot patch. A video then played, showing the President amusingly trying to figure out how he’ll spend his time. It all led to him taking in a movie with former Speaker John Boehner and smoking… cigarettes. More seriously, Obama concluded by celebrating the freedom of the press and the Washington journalists. He ended, “And with that, I just have two more words to say: ‘Obama out!’ He then literally dropped the mic.
President Obama has spoken at each White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the last eight years. The annual event brings together the White House press corps, politicians, and celebrities for a night of glamorous mingling, pointed commentary, and laugh-out-loud jokes. Next year, it will be the new President’s turn in the spotlight. Watch full video of Obama’s speech below!