Obama Jokes About the “End of the Republic” and Holding the Powerful Accountable is Fantasy

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Government, Politics with 24 Comments

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By Elizabeth Montag | The Anti Media

(ANTIMEDIA) If the corporate media wasn’t gushing over Justin Bieber’s new haircut or the nation’s lingering transphobia bathroom drama this weekend, it was lauding President Obama for his speech at the final White House Correspondents’ dinner of his presidency.

The black-tie dinner draws the nation’s top celebrities, journalists, and politicians and includes a stand-up comedy routine from the president. The assemblage of attendees often resembles the elite crowd that populates the lavish capital in the Hunger Games — and the president’s statements this weekend detail an oligarchical American society similar to that depicted in the dystopic novels.

This year, the president seemed unusually candid about the country’s state of affairs — even if he articulated them in a comedic, albeit smug, way.

It is an honor to be here at my last — and perhaps the last White House Correspondents’ dinner,” he said as he opened his set, obviously referencing the increasingly doomed presidential race.

You all look great. The end of the republic has never looked better,” he said to laughs and applause.


If this material works well, I’m gonna use it at Goldman Sachs next year,” he said.

The joke could have been referencing his former Attorney General, Eric Holder’s new job at a law firm that lobbies for corporate banks — or, more likely, Hillary Clinton’s exorbitant feesfor giving speeches to the loathed company. His comments are particularly jarring considering he accepted massive donations from Goldman Sachs and its employees during both of his presidential campaigns, and upon taking office, invited former Goldman Sachs employees to join his cabinet. He has famously failed to take any meaningful action against big banks.

In spite of his acknowledgment of Goldman Sachs as an influential player in American politics, he appeared to indirectly endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, which has been marred by the influence of special interests, including Goldman Sachs.

Next year someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be,” he said. The president dished out tame insults to all of the presidential candidates, ultimately turning his attention to the chairman of the Republican Party, whom Donald Trump has saidshould be ashamed of himself” for the Republicans’ attempts to thwart his nomination.

GOP chairman Reince Priebus is here as well. Glad to see you feel you earned the night off. Congratulations on all your success. The Republican Party, the nomination process … it’s all going great,” Obama sarcastically quipped.

The president also focused his attention on journalism and freedom of the press in the United States. Whether or not he intended to highlight the revolving door between government and corporate news, he did exactly that.

Key staff are now starting to leave the White House. Even reporters have left me. Savannah Guthrie, she’s left the White House Press Corps to host the Today show. Norah O’Donnell left the briefing room to host CBS This Morning. Jake Tapper left journalism to join CNN,” he said.

He also joked about the power of journalists to hold politicians and government accountable, referencing a recent award-winning film about reporters:

As you know, Spotlight is a film, a movie about investigative journalists with the resources and the autonomy to chase down the truth and hold the powerful accountable. Best fantasy film since Star Wars. Look — that was maybe a cheap shot.”

Adding insult to injury, the president, who has worked tirelessly to silence journalists, told reporters in attendance that though they have not always seen eye to eye with him, he still appreciates their work:

But we’ve always shared the same goal  — to root our public discourse in the truth; to open the doors of this democracy; to do whatever we can to make our country and our world more free and more just. And I’ve always appreciated the role that you have all played as equal partners in reaching these goals.

Obama has presided over the country’s slip in press freedom rankings, the prosecution of whistleblowers, and the intimidation of journalists. The corporate media he addressed in his speech has, in that same time, shown its corruption and lack of concern for the truth. Amid the current election cycle, establishment news outlets have shown their role is not to educate, but to manipulate, yet Obama maintained “[their] power and [their] responsibility to dig and to question and to counter distortions and untruths is more important than ever.

As the media celebrated his epic “mic drop” at the end of his stand-up routine, those reading between the lines of his performance witnessed the not-so-secretive mechanisms of chaos, power, and corruption in Washington — as joked about by a president who maintained them.


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  1. 10205137177734746@facebook.com' Fred A Sacco says:

    I think he’s a globalist piece of garbage and can’t wait til he’s out of office.

  2. 823819661049614@facebook.com' Lexie Peterson Ulubiyo says:

    I think it’s about time a president speaks back to all the dam critics and what better way than with humor!

  3. 10153100254165922@facebook.com' Robert Smith says:

    Obama is just a puppet,he cannot disobey! Look at what happened to Kennedy.

    • 212429825804041@facebook.com' UjutPaneerak Wilkins says:

      Robert Smith ; Exactly Robert! When it comes right down to it, he NEVER had any Power”. Now I’m sure he and his family are just patiently waiting to get the H outta there! :-/

    • 1223156987712433@facebook.com' Alejandro Rodriguez says:

      Damn! So much truth Robert!!!

  4. 1544166109222066@facebook.com' Barbara Mosher says:

    I think he’s right.

  5. 500790200125333@facebook.com' Parker Walford says:

    IF YOU KNEW WHAT’S IN MCDONALD’S FRIES YOU’D BE SERIOUSLY DISGUSTED AND NEVER EAT THEM AGAIN https://www.healthylifeisbetter.com/if-you-knew-whats-in-mcdonalds-fries-youd-be-seriously-disgusted-and-never-eat-them-again/

  6. 10153558774771774@facebook.com' Liam Havard says:

    we live in a republic? I thought this was a oligarchy lol

  7. 10201778717227474@facebook.com' Martha Selzer says:

    No more posts of Obama !

  8. 10153478683270762@facebook.com' Dave Marriott says:

    i can’t wait till he is gone but then i will probably say that about the next puppet too..

  9. 10153404219606688@facebook.com' Jennifer Beer says:

    I loved his speech. Funny and lots of indirects.

  10. 10209638208414628@facebook.com' Ken Santiago says:

    Nathan

  11. 212429825804041@facebook.com' UjutPaneerak Wilkins says:

    THERE. He said it. … :-/ -mind you folks, one day he will stand up and TELL IT LIKE IT IS (working FOR the Powers-That-Be) while he was in office!

  12. 1726200834323200@facebook.com' Richard Isherwood says:

    What do you mean? Do you not enjoy your corporate enslavement? They are loving it!

  13. 950497615067623@facebook.com' Chris Miller says:

    Because he’s an idiot big surprise There

  14. 1075152309213206@facebook.com' Jackson Michelle says:

    Hella funny…laugh all the way out this bitch!!!

  15. 1734193636795914@facebook.com' Ethan Miller says:

    He’s been referring to us as a democracy the whole time… Our country was founded as a republic… The time is already upon us. Hate to say it but it’s tureeee.

  16. 10152985507901851@facebook.com' Erica Barker says:

    He just proved what we knew all along, NOT president material, more like a hippy meets poet meets jester meets comedian. Typical!!!

  17. 1681445665467561@facebook.com' Paul Lawrence says:

    Puppet. Powerless puppet.

  18. 1681445665467561@facebook.com' Paul Lawrence says:

    Bring on the Bern!!…..if you don’t want another puppet, that is……. Just saying America, just saying.
    ….& spare me any trolled, ‘Bernie’s giving out free stuff’ , or ‘Bernie’s a communist’ double-speak, elitist tripe!
    Not interested! I know the score, so f*^k off with your verbal drivel!

  19. 224115791261322@facebook.com' Rowdy Gosztyla says:

    Is suicide a joke

  20. 10206568655559636@facebook.com' Frederick Wisznat says:

    The state of the world is far from funny. Aloof, arrogant, and out of touch.

  21. 10209117911327662@facebook.com' Jane Brownawell Wyatt says:

    Robert Smith, he may be just a puppet but he has enjoyed his reign!! He’s drunk on power!

  22. 229608477416331@facebook.com' Yvonne Morell says:

    For all the wonderful things this man has done in almost 8 years we should make him a winner–he’s without error!!!!!

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