US President Barack Obama has roasted Donald Trump in his final address at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, before declaring “Obama out” and literally dropping the microphone.
- Obama delivers final address at 102nd White House Correspondents’ Dinner
- Pokes fun at Donald Trump, wrinkles gained during presidency
- Finishes speech with mic drop
The black-tie event, which Mr Obama has previously joked is “a night when Washington celebrates itself,” is an annual inside-the-beltway ritual, bringing together journalists and media moguls with Hollywood stars and powerbrokers from Capitol Hill and beyond.
Mr Obama used his speech to poke fun at Republican presidential frontrunner Mr Trump, his wife’s ageless looks and his recent meeting with Prince George.
Mr Trump, who has been the subject of many a joke at the dinner before, did not attend the event this year.
“You’ve got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras and he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?” Mr Obama joked.
“What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?”
The fun did not stop there. Mr Obama allowed himself several more jabs at the real estate mogul, before eventually concluding “that’s probably enough”.
“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,” he quipped.
“And there’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable and that in closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was present, and also in Mr Obama’s sights.
“Bernie, you look like a million bucks. Or, to put in terms you will understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each,” Mr Obama said, a reference to the flood of small contributions to Mr Sanders’ insurgent campaign.
“I am hurt though, Bernie, that you have distanced yourself from me. That’s not something that you do to your comrade.”
With a bit of nostalgia, Mr Obama also reflected on his more than seven years in office, making fun of how in his final year, his approval ratings had been rising.
“The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major,” he said, in a reference to smoking marijuana in college.
He also paid thanks to his right-hand man, Vice-President Joe Biden, and his wife Michelle.
He joked that while he had gained a few wrinkles during his presidency, his wife had not aged a day.