Hands down, President Obama nailed his final White House correspondent’s dinner. POTUS was in tip-top comedic form last night, and his eighth and final ‘nerd prom’ was filled with pointed sarcasm, witty barbs, surprise video vignettes and wistful nostalgia.
As expected, the first lady, Michelle Obama, who never disappoints when its time to step out, continued to impress. She slaaaaaaayed in Givenchy Couture, with a well-fitted body-hugging dress and a sparkling crystal-embellished sheath layered on top. (The president: “Michelle has not aged a day.”)
As per usual, politicians and journalists bore the brunt of most jokes, but this time, the press got a lecture from the president about their duty (“… In such a climate it’s not enough just to give people a megaphone. And that’s why your power and your responsibility to dig and to question and to counter distortions and untruths is more important than even ever.”) The media was also skewered by host Larry Wilmore, who was unsparing in his attacks on a sometimes tone-deaf and still-in-2016 not-diverse-enough fourth estate.
President Barack Obama waves to the audience after speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016, at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. To his left are first lady Michelle Obama and host Larry Wilmore.
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Reactions to Wilmore were mixed—his brutal daggers rubbed some the wrong way, and many in the media didn’t seem to appreciate jokes at its expense (see Don Lemon giving him the finger). But even after saying that Andrew Jackson would’ve called Ben Carson a “jigaboo,” joking that MSNBC stands for “missing a significant number of black correspondents,” and stating that Hillary Clinton calls rapper Killa Mike “Superpredator Mike,” Wilmore’s most controversial moment was probably his last words when, after a very heartfelt statement on the historical significance of the Obama presidency, he said, “Yo Barry, you did it, my n—ga!” And dapped the president up.
Love it or hate it, you can’t say that Wilmore doesn’t have a pair.
At the close of the president’s remarks, he finished with two words: “Obama out” and dropped his mic.
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