President Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech Brings The LOLs — TRANSCRIPT


On April 30, President Barack Obama delivered his final speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Washington Hilton hotel and, given the antics from the slate of candidates vying for his job, he had plenty of material to work with. Let's just say that Obama definitely worked the room. For those who didn’t catch his funnyman farewell, Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech transcript shows exactly why many consider him to be America’s wittiest commander-in-chief.

It was Obama’s last chance to tell Washington politicians, press, and politicos exactly what he thought — and he took full advantage. Speaking to the Associated Press earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that poking fun at Washington and the political process isn’t something Obama often has a chance to do, given the serious nature of most of his speeches. Still, in recent years, Obama has taken the opportunity wherever he can, it seems. Who could forget the time he joked about winning two presidential campaigns, or when he offered to give tips on the Iowa caucuses at his last two State of the Union speeches?

But this year — thanks to Obama’s fellow politicians and the absurdity that has become the 2016 presidential election season — the jokes almost write themselves. I mean, just this week, former House Speaker John Boehner called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.” That’s just comedy catnip, people!

Still, even though Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, one of the most anticipated targets for roasting, deciding to skip the correspondents’ dinner this year, Obama managed to deliver some serious zingers. In case you missed it, the transcript of Obama’s farewell White House Correspondent's Dinner speech is a must read:

Hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association — the organization that represents the White House press corps — the proceeds from the annual correspondents’ dinner go toward scholarships and awards for aspiring journalists and those who excel in the field. Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show was the host entertainer for the evening, and more than 2,700 politicians, members of the press, celebrities, and other luminaries were in attendance, according to the C-SPAN live broadcast.

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In past years, Obama has described it as “Washington celebrating itself.” And while that might be true, this year it was also the last chance for Obama to help Washington to laugh at itself. He’s been great at it every year, and 2016 was no exception.