02 May 2016 - White House Correspondents' Dinner
Emma Bowman (NPR, 01/05/2016)
If the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is "nerd prom," Mr. President is the class clown.
In his final run as comedian in chief at the event on Saturday evening, President Obama closed his speech with "Obama out," and a mic drop before receiving a standing ovation from Washington's bigwigs and Hollywood.
That's right, Obama pulled a Kobe Bryant in a nod to his own retirement from correspondent dinners, and soon the White House.
Time Staff (Time, 01/05/2016)
“You know I’m going to talk about Trump, although I’m mad he’s not here, we had so much fun the last time,” Obama said of the Republican presidential front-runner. “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald, what could he possibly be doing instead?”
Watch his full remarks—which he closed with an “Obama out” and a mic drop—above.
Olivia B. Waxman (Time, 01/05/2016)
Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s satirical news program The Nightly Show, has gotten mixed reviews for using the N-word at the end of his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night.
“Yo Barry, you did it my n—a,” Wilmore said to President Obama at the close of his remarks.
Shortly after the event, the Rev. Al Sharpton said that the use of the word in front of Obama was “at best in poor taste,” while Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata tweeted, “This is the blackest correspondents dinner ever and I LOVE it.”
Megan Carpentier (The Guardian, 30/04/2016)
This is ostensibly an opportunity to give scholarships to deserving journalism students in front of the stars and politicians those students aspire to cover. In reality, it’s a night of inter-Washington camaraderie that makes watchdogs shudder; a dinner during which the Beltway media’s sense of self-regard shines brightly; and an opportunity for the DC elite to demonstrate their elite-ness by publishing selfies with the surely-sick-of-it celebrities in attendance.
The last few years, however, the shine has come off the celebrity aspect of the evening: though Barack Obama’s first WHCD in 2009 reportedly drew more star power than his predecessor’s, the rise of social media – or at least selfie culture – in the intervening years has caused a reported chill in Hollywood toward invitations to the event.
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