This Donald Trump Joke From 2015’s White House Correspondents' Dinner Feels Even Darker Now
Once a year, the White House Correspondents' Association brings together celebs, journalists, and politicians for a night full of laughs to raise money for college scholarships. With the event coming up this weekend, it's fun to look back at the best moments from last year to mentally prepare for all the amazingness about to happen. However, a Donald Trump joke from 2015's White House Correspondents' Dinner seems even more ominous today than it did a year ago.
In April, Trump hadn't yet announced his bid for president, but made it known that he was thinking about throwing his hat in the race. President Obama poked fun at all the existing presidential candidates in his speech at the dinner, quipping: "Donald Trump is here... still."
Although it was a comment on Trump always hinting that he might run, continuously coming to the WHCD, and simply being in the public spotlight for decades, it perfectly sums up what much of America is currently thinking about the billionaire's continued efforts to win the Republican nomination. Despite hopeful predictions that his campaign would lose momentum after the early primaries, he's now the GOP front-runner, giving no signs that he'll give up anytime soon.
Obama probably had no idea his simple joke would remain true for so long. He might as well repurpose it this year, though Trump might not find it as funny a second time.
The president went much more in-depth in his 2011 speech that completely roasted Trump for claiming Obama isn't an American citizen. "No one is happier — no one is prouder — to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said. "And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter: Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"
Back then, Trump was a potential opponent for Obama in the 2012 election, so the president couldn't pass up an opportunity to comment on what a President Trump would look like. "Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House," he said. Now that Trump's road to the White House actually looks realistic, these old quips sound much worse.
"Frankly he does a good job with it," Trump told Bloomberg's Mark Halperin of Obama's jokes about him at last year's WHCD, which is just about the only compliment the billionaire has given the president.