Obama jabs at GOP: Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?

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President Obama poked fun at Donald Trump and the GOP field in his final White House Correspondents’ Association dinner speech. 

Obama started off by saying he couldn’t figure out why his poll numbers were so high in the last year of his presidency as a photo of the GOP front-runner and rival Ted Cruz flashed on the screen.

{mosads}“Even my aides can’t explain my rising poll numbers. What has changed? Nobody can figure it out,” he said.

Obama pretended to end his speech before saying, “Nah, I’m just kidding, you know I’ve got to talk about Trump.

“Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? 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?” Obama said.

He said Trump could be helpful with closing Guantánamo Bay because “Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”

And he said Trump does have some foreign policy experience — with leaders like “Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.” 

Obama, who has consistently criticized the media for its near-constant coverage of Trump, didn’t lay off at the dinner, accusing Trump of using a presidential bid to bring attention to his hotel empire. 
“The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost, and now we’re praying Cleveland makes it through July,” Obama said, referring to the Republican National Convention this summer. 
He didn’t let Cruz get by unscathed, reminding the audience that just last week, the GOP presidential hopeful called a basketball hoop a “ring” at a campaign stop in Indiana. 
Obama also poked fun at Republicans hoping Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would become a “white knight” nominee at the Republican convention and receive the GOP nomination over Trump. 
“Dinner guests were asked to check whether they wanted steak or fish, but instead a whole bunch of you wrote in Paul Ryan. That’s not an option, people,” Obama said. “You may not like steak or fish, but that’s your choice.” 

Obama didn’t let the night go by without taking a shot at Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, poking at him for the tumultuous GOP race.

“Glad to see you feel you’ve earned the night off,” Obama said. “Congrats on all your success. The Republican Party, the nomination process, it’s all going great. Keep it up.”

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