Star-stud­ded gala sees pres­i­dent crack a few jokes

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Even though Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and his wife can’t wait to get out of the White House, be­ing a lame duck can hurt a guy.

“Last week Prince Ge­orge showed up to our meet­ing in his bathrobe,” Obama cracked at the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ din­ner on Satur­day night. “That was a slap in the face.”

Obama drew plenty of laughs with his barbed re­marks to a ballroom filled with jour­nal­ists, politi­cians, and movie and tele­vi­sion stars. It was his eighth ap­pear­ance at the event and his last as pres­i­dent.

“If this ma­te­rial works well, I’m going to use it at Gold­man Sachs next year,” Obama said. “Earn me some se­ri­ous Tub­mans.”

The pres­i­dent waxed nos­tal­gic at times. “Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. “In hind­sight, I clearly should have been more spe­cific,” he said. And he ac­knowl­edged that the years had taken their toll, say­ing: “I’m gray, griz­zled... count­ing down the days to my death panel.” On the other hand, he pointed out that his ap­proval rat­ings are up.

“The last time I was this high,” he said, “I was try­ing to de­cide on my ma­jor.”

When he said he couldn’t ex­plain the rise in his pop­u­lar­ity, two pho­to­graphs ap­peared on ballroom screens: Don­ald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Obama took a few more swipes at the pres­i­den­tial race, not­ing that “next year at this time some­one else will be stand­ing here in this very spot, and it’s any­one’s guess who she will be”.

Af­ter call­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders the bright new face of the Demo­cratic Party, Obama con­trasted the slo­gan “Feel the Bern” with one he said was ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton’s: “Trudge Up the Hill.”

Obama said of bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man and real es­tate mogul Trump: “He has spent years meet­ing with lead­ers from around the world - Miss Swe­den, Miss Ar­gentina, Miss Azer­bai­jan.”

He added: “And 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.”

Turn­ing se­ri­ous, the pres­i­dent thanked the White House press corps and praised a free press. “I just have two more words to say: Obama out.” With that, he held out the mic and dropped it.

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