US President Barack Obama on Saturday night took aim at Democrats and Republicans alike in his final appearance headlining the star-studded White House correspondents’ dinner, but saved his sharpest barbs for Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump.
“The Republican establishment is incredulous that he’s their most likely nominee,” Mr Obama said at the black-tie event. “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,” he said to howls of laughter, referring to contestants on the Miss Universe pageant that Mr Trump formerly co-owned.
Mr Obama made fun of the angst many in the Republican establishment have expressed at the prospect that Mr Trump or Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz could win the party’s nomination. “Guests were asked to check whether they wanted steak or fish, but instead a whole bunch of you wrote in Paul Ryan,” Mr Obama said, referring to the top Republican in the House of Representatives, who many have hoped could be lured into running for President. “That’s not an option people,” Mr Obama said. “You may not like steak or fish, but that’s your choice.” The 54-year-old President cracked jokes on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, apparently referring to her highly-paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. “Here we are, my eighth and final address at this unique event, and I am excited. If this material works well, I’m going to use it for Goldman Sachs,” he said. READ MORE