Eight years is a long time in politics, something Barack Obama knows all too well.
With his second term as the President of the United States finally coming to an end, it’s fair to say many of us are going to miss his genuine swagger and know-how that he brings to American politics.
And in his final White House correspondents’ dinner (basically a tongue-in-cheek address to press, politicians and celebs) he certainly didn’t disappoint, taking swipes at a bunch of presidential candidates, Prince George (treason) and Kendall Jenner.
Here’s just a few of the best bits:
First, he made a few comments about how he’s aged massively during his time as President:
Eight years ago, I was a young man full of idealism and vigor. And look at me now, I am gray, grizzled and just counting down the days to my death panel. In fact somebody recently said to me, ‘Mr. President, you are so yesterday. Justin Trudeau has completely replaced you. He is so handsome and he’s so charming. He’s the future.’ And I said ‘Justin, just give it a rest.’ I resented that.
To be fair you can understand why, look at this guy, Jesus.
But of course he couldn’t look past who could be taking his place in the upcoming U.S. election, first he looked at Bernie Sanders:
A lot of folks have been surprised by the Bernie phenomenon, especially his appeal to young people. But not me. I get it. Just recently a young person came up to me and said she was sick of politicians standing in the way of her dreams. As if we were actually going to let Malia go to Burning Man this year. Was not going to happen. Bernie might have let her go. Not us. I am hurt though, Bernie, that you have been distancing yourself little from me. I mean that’s just not something that you do to your comrade.
Not cool man, not cool. Next up was Hillary:
You’ve got to admit it though, Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little but like your relative who just signed up for Facebook. ‘Dear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I’m using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.’ It’s not entirely persuasive.
Ouch, that’s gotta hurt! He moved on to his recent meeting with Prince George:
But it’s not just Congress. Even some foreign leaders, they’ve been looking ahead, anticipating my departure. Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol.
If he made that joke a few hundred years back he would have been sent straight to the Tower of London.
He also mentioned how he’d met reality TV ‘star’ Kendall Jenner briefly before his appearance:
Kendall Jenner is also here. And we had a chance to meet her backstage. She seems like a very nice, young woman. I’m not exactly sure what she does, but I’m told that my twitter mentions are about to go through the roof.
Neither do we mate, neither do we.
And of course he couldn’t leave out the wig-wearing political juggernaut that is Donald Trump:
You know I’m going to talk about Trump. Come on. We weren’t just going to stop there. Come on. Although I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. We had so much fun that last time, And it is surprising. You’ve got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doin’?
He pretty much went all in on ‘The Donald’ and who can blame him?
The republican establishment is incredulous that he is their most likely nominee. Incredulous. Shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.
And he just couldn’t stop:
And there is 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. Alright, that is probably enough. I mean I’ve got more material. No, no, no.
We want more! We want more! Anyway, after all the gags, he got a bit serious and spoke about what he’d be doing after his term ends and thanked a whole host of people for their support during his tenure.
But it was his end line that got everyone talking: “With that I just have two more words to say: Obama out.”
It was all about this mic drop:
And people of the Twittersphere just couldn’t handle it:
With the mic drop and that Larry Wilmore ending I have to honestly say I will definitely miss the Obama presidency. That was glorious.
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 1, 2016
— dez. ? (@stoneyydope_24) May 1, 2016
The mic drop to end all mic drops.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 1, 2016
You can be effortlessly cool but you can never be Obama Mic-Drop effortlessly cool. #WHCD
— DV (@matchpointmiss) May 1, 2016
The worst thing about this is that Cameron is blatantly going to try it at the 2019 Tory party conference. https://t.co/Mtf6GOUu2K
— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) May 1, 2016
I don't care if you like/dislike Obama, that mic drop was legendary
— NaganoCityStreetBand (@NaganoCitySB) May 1, 2016
We’re going to miss you Barack, especially glorious moments like this.