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President Obama Has Last Laughs At White House Correspondents' Dinner

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The White House Correspondents' Dinner was last night. It's a big evening in Washington when journalists mingle with Hollywood stars and politicians. And there's a whole lot of selfie-snapping going on. But the guy who stole the show is an aspiring comedian on his way to a new job.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

BARACK OBAMA: Good evening, everybody.

MARTIN: President Obama took the stage here in D.C. for his final speech at the dinner. He was unsparing in his roasting of everyone from Kendall Jenner to his potential successors.

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OBAMA: Hillary trying to appeal to voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: Dear America, did you get my poke?

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: Is it appearing on your wall?

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: I'm not sure I'm using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: Sen. Sanders, your turn.

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OBAMA: I am hurt though, Bernie, that you've been distancing yourself a little from me. I mean, that's just not something that you do to your comrade.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: President Obama also reached across the aisle to welcome GOP chair Reince Priebus.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

OBAMA: Glad to see that you feel that you've earned a night off. Congratulations on all your success - the Republican Party, the nomination process. It's all going great. Keep it up.

MARTIN: Brutal. Then the president moved on to the serious stuff.

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OBAMA: You know, the free press is central to our democracy. And - nah, I'm just kidding.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: You know I'm going to talk about Trump.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: Come on.

MARTIN: Although Trump wasn't there last night.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

OBAMA: You got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald?

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?

MARTIN: The president did close his speech on a serious note with an impassioned defense of democracy.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

OBAMA: And with that, I just have two more words to say - Obama out.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MICROPHONE DROP)

(SOUNDBITE OF MICROPHONE DROP)

MARTIN: And yes, that was the sound of President Obama dropping the mic. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.