Donald Trump heard some boos when he arrived on red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday — but that was nothing compared to what he faced inside the ballroom at the Washington Hilton.
Barack Obama got his revenge on Trump and the birther movement during his speech, skewering the reality star and would-be opponent in 2012 with jokes aimed directly at the absurdness of the birther issue and, more specifically, Trump's candidacy.
Opening with a video montage set to the Hulk Hogan theme “Real American,” Obama began his speech saying, “My fellow Americans” (emphasis his).
The president then unleashed a barrage of birth certificate jokes. “Hopefully this puts all doubts to rest,” Obama said. “But just in case there are any lingering questions, tonight, I am releasing my official birth video.” A clip from “The Lion King” followed.
“I want to make clear to the Fox News table, that was a joke,” he said. “Call Disney if you don't believe me — they have the original long-form version.”
“I hear [Michele Bachmann] was born in Canada,” Obama continued. “Yes Michele, this is how it starts.”
Finally, Obama turned his attention to the elephant in the room. "Donald Trump is here tonight. Now I know he's taken some flack lately, but no one is happier to put the birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said. "And that's because he can finally get back to focuing on the issues that matter, like ‘Did we fake the moon landing?’ ‘What really happened in Roswell?’ And, ‘Where are Biggie and Tupac?’”
“All kidding aside, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience,” Obama told Trump. “In an episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” … you didn't blame Lil' Jon or Meatloaf … you fired Gary Busey. These are the kinds of situations that would keep me up at night.”
Obama also tossed a few barbs at his Hollywood critics. “It’s fair to say that when it comes to my presidency, the honeymoon is over … Matt Damon said he [has been] disappointed in my performance,” Obama said. “Well Matt, I just saw the ‘Adjustment Bureau,’ so … right back atcha buddy.”
“Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers — who served as the evening's traditional comedic entertainment — followed Obama.
“These are my birth certificate jokes,” Meyers said, holding up a stack of notes. “Now unusable.” (“Who told you I had birth certificate jokes?” Meyers asked the president. “It was Assange, wasn't it?”)
Instead, Meyers roasted the media companies in the room, including his own. “Comcast bought NBC this year, I'm assuming by accident,” he said. “C-SPAN,” which televised the dinner live, “is one unpaid electric bill away from being a radio station.”
Of the traditional "WHCD" afterparties, Meyers said: “The New York Times party used to be free but tonight there's apparently cover … so I'm just going to go to the Huffington Post party.”
But, he said, “the Huffington Post party is asking people to go to other parties and steal food and drinks and bring it from there.”
Meyers roasted Obama, too. “When you were sworn in, you looked like the guy from those Old Spice commercials," Meyers quipped. "Now you look like Louis Gossett, Sr. Is this the ‘Change’ you were talking about?”
He added: “If your hair gets any whiter, the Tea Party is going to endorse it.”
Eventually, Meyers, like Obama before him, served The Donald some humble pie. “Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, because I had assumed he was running as a joke.”