Proving once again he is a natural at comedy, President Obama last night delivered his last White House Correspondents’ dinner speech to a room filled with journalists, celebrities and Bernie Sanders.
Bernie attended the formal affair in the same blue suit he routinely wears at his rallies while Jane, his wife, wore an elegant evening dress more appropriate for the black tie event.
Obama even quipped about Bernie’s look.
“Bernie you look like a million bucks. Or to put it in terms you’ll understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27.”
Obama started his stand up routine by noting, if his material worked well, “I am gonna use it at Goldman Sachs next year.”
He observed that next year, “Someone else will be standing here in this very spot and it is anyone’s guess who she will be.”
Probably the best one-liner of the night came when Obama spoke of his recent, surprisingly-high approval ratings. “The last time I was this high,” said the President, “I was trying to decide on my major.”
As great as Obama was with his monologue, the real comedian and host for the evening, Larry Wilmore, was a flop. No doubt it is hard following an act like Obama’s. Add the fact that your material is not funny, and your delivery did not resonate with your crowd, it’s a given you will not be asked back for a repeat gig.
Contrary to what many of his detractors may think, Obama will go down as one of our nation’s best and most consequential presidents. He will no doubt be remembered as our country’s greatest Comedian in Chief … ever.
It is hard to imagine next year’s WHC dinner. Hillary just isn’t a natural at comedy like Barry.
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