Comedian Larry Wilmore, who closed his speech at President Barack Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner by calling him a "n****," opened the night by welcoming the audience to “n**** night, or as Fox News would call it 'Two Thugs Disrupt Elegant Dinner.'"
Wilmore had no intention of toning down his racially charged humor. Many powerful, rich people did not know whether to laugh or to wince when he went on his "Obama’s hair is so white" tirade.
“Look at you," he said to Obama. “Your hair is so white it tried to punch me at a Trump rally. It is so white it says ‘All Lives Matter.'"
White feminists’ "queen" Hillary Clinton also did not come out of the dinner unscathed. Talking of Bernie Sanders' current company, Wilmore said he was hanging out with Killer Mike, or as Hillary Clinton would put it, "Super Predator Mike."
He did not stop there, and instead went for former President Bill Clinton next. Killing two birds with one stone, he complimented FLOTUS Michelle Obama on her "grace, class and poise," which he warned should not be confused with future first gentleman Bill Clinton, whose favorite strippers’ names are Grace, Class and Poise.
The tension could be cut with a knife when Wilmore steered toward much graver topics. Talking of MSNBC’s downsizing, Wilmore admitted that the rate at which the network dumped black journalists, he thought they were Boko Haram.
It was not just white people who bore the brunt. Speaking delightedly about reporters, he said, “I should say, some of our finest black journalists are here tonight. Don Lemon is here too.”
Lemon laughingly flipped the bird at the comic.
But it was at the end of his act that Wilmore delivered his best performance, a heartfelt tribute to Obama’s term and all that it achieved. Wilmore was part grateful, part stunned and part overwhelmed, the kind of overwhelming nostalgia you feel when something grand and incredulous is coming to an end.
“When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people could not accept a black quarterback. Now think about that, a black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team,” he said. “And now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world.”
He then concluded the dinner with, “Yo Barry, you did it my n***a.”
Watch his complete speech in the video above.
Spotlight, Banner: Reuters