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Obama out. Barack Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in full
Obama out. President Barack Obama took leave, unofficially, during the annual Correspondents’ Dinner. Everyone went crazy for his jokes.
Obama on his future
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which started in 1920, is held annually at the White House and brings together distinguished personalities and the United States’ most important journalists. On this occasion, the incumbent President of the United States is “asked” to give a speech laden with quotes and irony. On the 30th of April, Barack Obama delivered his last monologue at the WHCD and literally turned into a showman. He made funny jokes about the presidential candidates, including his “comrade Bernie Sanders”, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as about his family, his own future and himself. “Michelle has not aged a day. The only way you can date her in photos is by looking at me,” he said while showing three pictures in which Michelle always looks the same but he is “gray and grizzled”.
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Obama on investigative journalism
Obama also joked about the tough period American investigative journalism is going through, quoting Spotlight as “the best fantasy film since Star Wars”. The movie tells the story of a group of journalists who have the autonomy and resources to successfully chase down the truth. This is behind his joke about The Washington Post, the newspaper that published the story of the Watergate scandal, involving then President Richard Nixon and the Republican Party, in 1972: “Every year at this dinner, somebody makes a joke about Buzzfeed, for example, changing the media landscape. And every year The Washington Post laughs a little bit less hard”.
Lastly, his conclusion didn’t go unnoticed. Obama ended his speech by literally dropping the microphone after saying these two words: “Obama out”. It’s a clear reference to the gesture hip hop artists and rappers make to end concerts and rap battles. Kobe Bryant ended his career (Mamba out) as one of the United States’ best and most famous basketball players after he played his last NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers in a similar fashion. So nothing was left to chance.
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