Jokes fly at Barack Obama’s last Correspondents’ Dinner

Frederic Legrand - COMEO
President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama made Donald Trump the butt of the jokes at an event hosted for journalists, politicians and celebrities at the White House.

At the Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual dinner meeting that has been put on since 1920, the jovial president said of the Republican front runner: “There’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, and that’s closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”

Famous faces included actors Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Rachel McAdams, who reacted with cheers and laughs.


The president then went on to talk of his recent trip to the UK where he met with the PM and also members of the Royal family including having lunch with the Queen and meeting young Prince George.

Mr Obama joked, “Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face.”

He also described actress Dame Helen Mirren as “awesome”.

The event, which has now become a tradition, is a chance for political journalists and certain celebrities to share a joke with the president every year. This year a video of “bloopers” of the president was shared with the audience and included recordings of Barack Obama falling over, his car stalling and forgetting the names of reporters interviewing him.

Mr Obama also used the opportunity to take a poke at the Democratic candidates in the run up to the election with jokes aimed at both Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton.

He said: “Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up to Facebook.”

“‘Dear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I’m using this right’.”

Of Mr Sanders, he said: “He recently had a hernia operation.

“His doctors say it’s his own fault, for trying to lift the hopes of the disenfranchised. You gotta stretch before you do that, senator.”

With just six months to go before the elections, this will be Mr Obama’s last talk at the Correspondents’ Dinner. He has previously stated that he will stay in Washington DC until his youngest daughter finishes high school.

The president also joked about possible career options after his presidential stint ends but that, of course, remains open for now.


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