You can hear the tension in the room as he makes his jokes. This is the product of our PC culture; people who get too offended very easily.
Tonight, Larry Wilmore proved exactly why he was the perfect choice to host President Barack Obama’s final White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Even if the crowd of journalists in attendance didn’t seem to agree.
More than ever before, the president was an impossible act to follow. Not only did Obama deliver a slew of jokes at Donald Trump’s expense but he also presented an elaborateCurb Your Enthusiasm-style video that included an epic John Boehner cameo.
Wilmore began by welcoming the guests in the house once again to the event, “or as Fox News will report, two thugs disrupt elegant dinner in D.C.” He introduced himself as “a black man who replaced a white man who pretended to be a TV newscaster,” before adding, “so yeah, in that way Lester Holt and I have a lot in common,” to groans from the crowd at Brian Williams’s expense.
He was even more harsh to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying, “Hey, Wolf, I’m ready to project tonight’s winner: Anyone who isn’t watching The Situation Room.”
As promised, Wilmore did not hold back on Obama either, remarking that it makes sense that he was hanging out with Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry recently “because both of you like raining down bombs on people from long distances.” Pivoting to Obama’s aging appearance, Wilmore borrowed a theme from Joel McHale’s speech two years earlier.
“Your hair is so white, it tried to punch me at a Trump rally,” Wilmore joked. “The president’s hair is so white it keeps saying ‘All Lives Matter.’” Then, he added, “All I’m saying is that in less than eight years, Mr. President, you’ve busted two time-honored stereotypes, black does crack, and apparently once you go black, it looks like we are going back. Thanks, Ben Carson.”
Wilmore continued to elicit groans from the crowd, not unlike the ones Stephen Colbert received during his scathing monologue at George W. Bush’s expense 10 years ago. But this time, it was Wilmore’s criticism of the media that seemed to burn most from the audience of journalists.