President Obama took a number of pointed jabs at presidential hopeful Donald Trump, during his final White House Corespondents’ Dinner speech.
After pretending to conclude his eighth and final White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech, Obama smiled, telling guests (including Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr., and their wives) “You know I’m going to talk about Trump. We weren’t just going to stop there, come on!
“I’m a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time. And it is surprising. You’ve got a roomful of reporters, cameras, celebrities. And he says no? Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home? Eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults? What is he doing?
“The Republican establishment is incredulous that he’s their most likely nominee. Shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness he has spent years meeting with leaders around the world. Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina …
“And there’s one area where Donald’s experience could be valuable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”
The president also took the opportunity to tease the media about its coverage of Trump’s campaign. “All right, that’s probably enough. I’ve got more material,” Obama said as some guests appeared to be on edge. “I don’t want to spend too much time on Donald. Following your lead, I want to show some restraint. Because I think we can all agree that from the start he’s gotten the appropriate amount of coverage, befitting the seriousness of his candidacy. I hope you all are proud of yourselves. The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we’re praying Cleveland makes it through July.”
Of course, Trump wasn’t the only candidate on the hot seat. During his speech, Obama joked about Ted Cruz’s recent visit to Indiana. “Ted had a tough week. He went to Indiana, Hoosier country, stood on a basketball court, and called the hoop a basketball ring. What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one.”
He even paid Bernie Sanders a compliment. “Bernie, you look like a million bucks,” he said. “Or to put it in terms you’ll understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each, said Obama.
All jokes aside, Obama concluded his speech by taking a brief moment to thank the members of the press. “Obama out,” he said as he dropped the mic. Meanwhile, Trump has not yet responded to Obama’s speech.