The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held Saturday night in Washington, D.C. This latest installment in the annual tradition was the last to be held under the Obama administration.
And Obama let loose the funnies. He targeted Donald Trump, the Republican Party, himself, former Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton. As for Clinton, Obama poked fun at her attempt to woo young voters, many of whom are leaning towards — or are life and death stakes committed to — Bernie Sanders. According to Obama, her wooing attempts are like “an old relative who just joined Facebook.”
He further explained, it is as if she said, “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.”
And, this afternoon, via Twitter, Aunt Hillary responded. She didn’t make it to the dinner, so she couldn’t have done it in person at the time of Obama’s comments. (Sanders, for his part, did attend, and stood up and laughed along with the president’s roasts of him and his campaign.)
You can see her response tweet below.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 1, 2016
At least Obama wasn’t all put down-style towards Clinton, who is also his former Secretary of State. Giving a nod to her likelihood of winning in November, the highest of any candidate, he said, “Next year, someone else will be standing in my place, although we don’t yet know who she will be.”
Clinton continues to struggle to maintain her status as front runner. Sanders has notched just enough of a campaign to stay in the race, which, as is worth noting, was ridiculously far fetched when he started up his run just over a year ago. The race is, in some measure, up in the air until at least after California votes on June 7.
Should Clinton win the Democratic Party’s nomination, she is a near shoe-in for the presidency. Polls of general election matchups have her crushing Trump, who is the likely — although far from certain — GOP nominee.
Obama’s comments were far from the tone others have taken towards Clinton. Her likely general election opponent, Trump, has taken to spewing his litanies of abuses at the front runner. He has taken to calling her “Crooked Hillary,” he has said she would not get any votes if she were a man, and he has criticized her physicality — among a long, long list of similar instances.
And the hair-challenged GOP front runner hasn’t been only going after Clinton, either. In one regard, Obama’s roasts of the real estate developer were just return fire. In the past week, leading up to the dinner, Trump criticized Obama on a number of levels, from the White House fence size to the foreign policy of the administration — and, by extension, of his most formidable opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump said that he didn’t attend the dinner himself because he didn’t want people to think he didn’t have a good time when he really was having a great time. Um, yeah. He evidently cares a lot about his public appearance, to the exclusion of other pressing things such as respect for people.