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20 6ncer: during can being -- during campaign 2016, c-span takes you to road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> this month, we showcase our student cam. annual video documentary competition for middle and high school students. this year's theme is road to the white house. students were asked what issue do you want presidential candidates to discuss? our first prize high school winners are from troy, michigan. kristen ola's, michael fraser, zehn wani.
they want them to discuss the scarcity of freshwater. the great lakes and the flint water crisis. their video is titled "the 1%." >> today, americans are drowning in overly debated issues, such as immigration, medicare, terrorism, leaked e-mails. although these are important topics, the issues that will affect the most americans is the issue of the 1%. >> 1%. >> 1%. >> no, not that 1%. this 1%. the shining blue jewel of the united states, the great lakes. >> one of the unique resources the world. nothing like it. everyone has a responsibility to do what we can to protect those waters. >> in the u.s., we are lucky. we have the best drinking water in the world.
i think that's allowed us to become a bit complacent about our drinking water. we take it for granted. >> about 70% of our freshwater is right here. >> here is a graphic of a hundred water bottles. representing a hundred percent of the earth's entire surface. 71% of these -- the entire earth is covered in water. of all that water, only 3% is fresh. of that 3% of freshwater, two-thirds of it is trapped in ice in glaciers. that means 1% of all the water on earth is fresh and accessible. >> freshwater will be the great battleground of the future. it's not going to be a war over oil or fuel or energy. >> it's incredibly important we do protect the great lakes. it is the most precious natural resource we have, not only in michigan, but in the country and arguably worldwide.
>> besides the great lakes being a great resource, it still faces competition. -- faces many threats and complications. construction of a nuclear waste dump is underway on the coast of lake huron. located less than a mile from the water. 2000 cubic meters of nuclear waste is being buried. that is right next to the most important freshwater ecosystem in the world. >> the notion that we are going to store nuclear waste anywhere near the great lakes doesn't make sense. >> water moves and water moves downhill. so ideally, anything buried underground, you will keep away from water. >> we have been successful in storing nuclear waste in the country. we don't know how well we can do this. repositoryput this right next to 70% of our freshwater? that is cause for concern. i would like to see a lot more dialogue. >> the great lakes are a huge
portion of the world's freshwater supply. anything that could potentially contaminate those waters we need to be paying attention to and really thinking about. there are not nearly enough politicians from the state of michigan that put their money where their mouth is when it comes to protecting the environment. they will pull it out on the stump and say we need to protect the great lakes. if you check their voting record, more than half of our statehouse and state senate right now have 0% voting records when it comes to the environment. >> it's a very tragic example of what happens when you don't have a government that is very active in protecting its people. >> protection. the people of flint, michigan needed protection. instead, they were poisoned and the children were affected. the common public began to catch on to the atrocities carrying on in flint. but almost an entire year after the incident occurred. since the filming of the
documentary began, we've been following the water contamination situation in michigan. exploded onto the national scene. it's received coverage from multiple news sources and even emergency actions from president obama. >> we still don't have pottable water in the city of flint. all because the state of michigan decided it was less expensive to use untreated flint river water rather than water from the great lakes. >> we used to make jokes about things you would find there, like a dead body in the flint river. that's the reputation it has. >> to hook flint back up to the water -- but only pay for half the hook up. that said it all to me. >> to solved the immediate problem of reconnecting to detroit water. because of the chemicals they use to purify the flint water, it really caused a ton of problems with the old lead piping. >> the water was terrific at the treatment plant. the minute you put it in the
pipes, the chemicals drew the lead out of the pipes. >> it was a very shortcited decision to disconnect from the world's best water source to go to the flint river, which even general motors has stopped using because it was corroding their auto parts. they caused the damage that only paid for half of the reconnection. >> the scary part is the level of irreversible damage because it's not just, oh well. now it's, began much as been done, what we do? >> drinkable water in the united in the united states is something everyone should act -- impact. >> people don't really pay attention to the issues themselves. >> the people of flint were relying on the government and it let them down. >> after trying to make people
no less when people should know everything. >> the scarcity of freshwater in the world is a vital situation that needs to be addressed. it is an enormous situation that is seldom mentioned amongst politicians. the united states cannot afford to have the great lakes poisoned as the water was in flint, michigan. over 60% of the human body is composed of water. that puts the responsibility on each and every one of us to protect our freshwater resource. >> it's easier to ignore things. people being loud about it gets things done. now there's national news in protest. it's not a superhero movie. it's up to people to do something. >> as all humans consume water, the issue of freshwater demands the immediate attention of our presidential candidates.
water is essential for the durance of america and the world. ♪ >> to watch all of the prize-winning documentaries in this year's studentcam competition. visit studentcam.org. announcer: the white house correspondents dinner is one of ine biggest events held washington, d.c. this year, the audience heard president obama give his final correspondents dinner speech as president. they also heard from larry wilmore. we'll show you the event beginning with the red carpet arrivals.
al white house correspondents dinner. 2700 correspondents and guests will gather in the 30,000 square foot hilton ballroom tonight for dinner, speeches, jokes and networking. and c-span will be live through it all, beginning with the arrival at the hilton, which you are watching right now. if you would like to make a comment while you are watching, go to facebook.com/cspan, or follow us on twitter using the hashtag, the view ages cd -- whcd. now we will watch the early arrivals who are on their way to the reception, sponsored by different media organizations. the dinner itself will begin at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. [chatter]
from a kardashian to a cnn host. a real mix of people. >> i think i saw aretha franklin. mr. heyman: yes. >> she was the entertainment for 1999. had a greatyes, she reception. >> when did this become almost a hollywood centric event. mr. heyman: the is interesting, many people think it has always been this way. but it was really sent the 1980's and has intensified it since. in timepened around when gary hart was bringing people who are media figures cannot just political figures -- figures, not just political figures. and then they began to bring
stars. and it was lobbied by many big stars. >> and there was bryan cranston. mr. heyman: yes. >> so people magazine has tables? mr. heyman: correct. we have been going to the dinner for many years. >> who are your guests? a deaf activist who is presently on dancing with the stars. jenna fischer from the office. and people who are working with hillary clinton on her campaign. a real mix of insiders and hollywood people. rank in termsis of other dinners? mr. heyman: it is glamorous. many celebrities are fascinated by washington and washington is very fascinated by hollywood.
there is not a shortage of guests. this is an enormous event, would you get a sense of by looking at the people here. there are thousands in this room, so it is not an intimate party. and from the red carpet, you go is bellamy who plays the first lady on scandal. >> and the dinner will start at 8:00 p.m. let's watch more arrivals.
most famous people you might not recognize. he was an agent. that was the brother of rahm emanuel in the background. has written ae couple of books. mr. heyman: a very high achieving family. commentator: you recognize these two people? maybe not. bringing an instrument. commentator: have you attended this dinner? mr. heyman: i have been many times and i have seen it you evolved over the last -- seen it evolved over the last seven years as it has become one of the high points on the red
carpet calendar for many. commentator: in case people do not know, only accredited white house correspondents receive tickets that they can invite -- tickets, but they can invite guests. mr. heyman: yes. it you really see an array of stars, those of politics and also journalists. many in our industry are invited. and bernie sanders is coming? mr. heyman: that is correct. many are excited to see him. and other people running for office, as well. commentator: he was invited by
cbs. donald trump is not attending. he was invited a few years ago. mr. heyman: that is not necessarily because he came too much. people tend to go for the joke. orosa,s homero so -- am who is a supporter of donald trump and probably best known as a contestant on her show. -- on his show. she made quite a splash. i do not think that she one. -- won. commentator: 2700 people will be attending the event. mr. heyman: this is beyond the chocca, a stara in hollywood. she originally was a star of
india before she came to hollywood and has really taken the town by storm. a very beautiful and talented actress. commentator: some folks told me that they will be wearing some -- under the long dresses. mr. heyman: there is a lot of walking involved. this is sort of a subterranean complex, so when you go to the dinner and you enter, you might be going to several cocktail parties and receptions, rooms off of the crowded quarters. these people are coming down from the lobby on an escalator and going to various rooms that can feel like a bus terminal. commentator: jd heyman, is it becoming more common for women to wear comfortable shoes? women like to wearator
high heels. there might be a pair of comfortable shoes in their bag. slippers they have that you can slip on. there is actually a machine that dispenses them and people are great for the end of the night to have these to slip into and out of the heels. is newt like this gingrich. commentator: it is newt gingrich. mr. heyman: a big attender of the events. and the former senator from connecticut. commentator: by the way, if you would like to make comments throughout the dinner, you can we the hashtag on twitter, hcd.
mr. heyman: ashley banfield again. commentator: how often does washington pop up in people magazine? mr. heyman: quite a bit. we cover the campaigns, the politics and the news throughout the year, but certainly during a presidential year. we cover them fairly exhaustively. some from a popular perspective. commentator: the host of faith the nation -- face the nation behind them. mr. heyman: another star of "scandal," which is always well represented. castntire cap usually --
usually descends on washington. commentator: it looks like the entire cast, courtesy of abc, along with anthony anderson and others from "blacklist." mr. heyman: that is right. commentator: have the obama years been good for the magazine and for the dinners? mr. heyman: president obama is incredibly popular in hollywood, so from the beginning he has brought a lot of people here. dinnersgoing to the during the bush years and there was a difference.
commentator: the white house press secretary could not come invitation. just to be clear. even the president could not come without an invitation. mr. heyman: that is right. this is the time where it is reversed. when those at the white house need the access. commentator: [indiscernible] mr. heyman: in the sense it makes people uncomfortable, you mean the celebrities and politicians mixed? i think -- there is a vivid that
fox. -- vivica a. yes, sometimes they feel uncomfortable about it. the new york times does not attend the event anymore. they wonder if it is appropriate for celebrities and washington and all of them to mingle. but it gives you both a chance to see folks with their hair down a little bit. through a different window. who is that? mr. heyman: that is a rising star. commentator: an invitation that folks in hollywood go for? mr. heyman: yes, incredibly attractive for those in hollywood and they really do enjoy coming.
commentator: jamie alexander. mr. heyman: that is right. one of the hottest new stars in television, really seeing her career rising. keep forgetting that we are not on camera in the studios, and i think people that i even recognize. mr. heyman: it is the mix that makes it interesting. newt gingrich and jamie alexander in a room, kind of fun. mr. heyman: jamie alexander's show is very popular, called "blindspot." there is quite a
lot of media down there. mr. heyman: for sure. and it goes back to the celebrity sort of traffic jam. commentator: the dinner began in 1914, all white and all mail. mr. heyman: -- all male. mr. heyman: some aspect of that has been maintained in terms of the loose attitudes about powerful people. and the main people have been pretty tolerant of that. famously, some not happy about the jokes made. here is helen mirren. commentator: and look at that
prince tattoo. mr. heyman: it looks like the prince symbol. is a star who has only gotten bigger. commentator: and that is tammy who is with nbc for a long time. she hosts the breakfast that is held the morning of, so that was this morning. it brings in quite a few celebrities and charities, as well. -- heyman: taylor has berg taylor, the very famous director, the husband of helen mirren. commentator: is that kennedy from fox? mr. heyman: it does look like
kennedy. yeah. it does. by the way, but tv interviewed -- book tv interviewed her. you can type in kennedy and freedom fest if you like to watch the interview. now what is with the clothes? mr. heyman: address on the red carpet -- a dress on the red carpet must be shown off. and any celebrity or model knows how to show it off. that is what is happening here. commentator: not many of us in washington know how to do that. mr. heyman: they need to have a seminar. -- there is
left. i didn't see her. one a filmmaker and one a doctor. >> and it looks like valerie jarrett's guest is cbs. cbs has valerie jarrett, morgan , joshn, aretha franklin earnest, press, and bernie sanders all as their guest tonight. >> that was chris wallace that just walked through. some of the fox guests include jeff goldblum and vinegar fox and cheryl ladd -- vivica fox. how elong. tony romo.
>> speaking of fox, greta van .usteren just walked in sometimes when you watch people walk in, you can tell what is on their mind. another shot here of gayle king and valerie jarrett. valerie jarrett stays in chicago. the ultimate washington insider. i don't think she's from washington. >> no. trump is in the house here. sort of interesting juxtaposition there, damien lewis. wonder what people talk
about at this dinner sometimes. but kind of conversation have you had at this dinner? >> i have brought a lot of interesting people to this dinner. jonasne from the brothers. >> the national monetary fund. >> yes. the jonas brothers? >> are brought the jonas brothers. sting, mick jagger, quite an array of people. miranda lambert. and kristin gillibrand, the senator from new york, so a real range. >> what is mick jagger like as a dinner partner? >> he is terrific. terrific. christine lagarde, only one of the most powerful women in the world. >> scanning to find out to whom
she belongs, which media organization. >> i believe that she is a gust of "the wall street journal," which makes sense. good guest for them. >> speaking of "the wall street journal," they also invited christie turlington burns, susan rice. burns family outing. i saw donald trump junior as well. both of his sons are there. no sign of his daughter-in-law.
>> according to someone here on there's one protester out front. i'm trying to get the gist of why they are protesting. the black guy with the saxophone we saw earlier that nobody recognized was larry wilmore, you know, the host. >> that was not larry wilmore sorry, dr. sinister. the think he will be at reception for the president. have you attended that? >> i have. one of the things we tend to do , we have beention
>> now, we are looking at michelle dockery, best known in this country as the unfortunate for her badness-plagued lady mary from "downton abbey." but she seems to be doing well. she got her happy ending at the end of the show -- spoiler alert if you have not caught up with it. i apologize. donald trump junior.
>> who invited the twins? i've been going through my papers. >> it's interesting. i could not find it either. people might not know that fiancee dockery lost her . madly in love with an irish fellow she had been seeing for a long time. very sad. >> she is a guest of reuters news organization along with from "the new york times.k" >> we're seeing some of the women from "the view" here. joy behar on the left. is, are guest of abc, which of course, their network.
>> if they got this far, chances are they have a ticket. you're not going to get far without a ticket. >> these are stars of a very popular comedy show. >> you said there was a marked obama-era between the dinners and bush-era dinners. --the bush-era dinners were both president bush and president obama were very good at giving warm and funny iteches at this dinner, but certainly was an uptick, i think, in the kind of glamour and intensity in the first years of the obama administration because there was a lot of excitement in comedy about it,
but i would not want to undersell president george w. bush possibility to really give a funding and engaging speech. of course, president obama is also very good at being funny. >> this dinner has become a week. >> it has. it has become a week of parties. a lot of networks have all kinds of parties. >> you are based in los angeles.
in the west side of los angeles, people have correspondents all around the world. steve johnson, i was i had known that. i appreciate knowing it. there's joy of a heart again. raven symone there with the burgundy tie. there. cameron bure i think she's a guest of the christian broadcast network. evangelicalut
christian, as is her brother, who has become better known as a star of movies aimed at that community. house," theuller star of the netflix show. this fellow is an instagram sensation. he is very well-known known. i think he is a guest of "the huffington post" and also a plus size model. talking about the guy with the quite prominent grade. nyle dimarco, he won "america's next top model" and has become quite popular.
he is actually a local boy. he is from maryland. he is really using his appearance to be an advocate for deaf education. the preeminent university for deaf.th -- the michael kelly there. one of my all time favorites from "downton abbey." and father ofver daughter.ybil's thought he and lady mary were going to get together. >> i thought so, too.
they worked so hard together. and they are great friends in real life. mclachlan standing by. twin peaksy, since all those years ago. he is with his wife, i believe, desiree gruber, who is a publicist, well known in hollywood and new york entertainment. you are seeing the woman in the beautiful sort of floral purple dress. she is in the next "star wars" film and is pretty well known as an actress.
she has done quite a number of things both in hollywood and in the u.k. lucky enough to become of part of the whole "star wars" series. in episode eight she will appear. of course, one of the great power couples in washington when they come together. >> former federal reserve chair. >> the atlantic, one of the big media organizations at this event, having a media reception.
>> the atlantic has the ceo of uber, probably one of the most sought after people tonight if you need an uber. , star ofonnie britton "nashville" and before that, "friday night lights." graduated from dartmouth college. grew up in washington. really one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. >> there's joanne reid, just cannot with a new book talking about the obamas and the clintons. msnbc viewers. chair of the rnc here, probably
happy to have a night with some celebrities. ce rinse previous -- rhin priebus and his wife. did you happen to see who invited them? >> i did not see that, but i get they -- i'd that they are going to get a lot of questions tonight. reince priebus meeting joy behar. they have absolutely nothing in common politically. a senior member of the democratic caucus here in washington on the left. whip in the house.
>> the actual dinner festivities are due to begin at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. >> first became popular as the star of "real housewives of atlanta." she is getting a touch up here from it looks like her stylist. >> 8:00 p.m. at the dinner program and they will be dinner. there's a few speeches. after that at about 9:45 is when it is due to begin again. we will be watching that all evening.
>> you got to learn that move. another guest, jenna fischer. >> born in indiana. >> that's right. she is a delight. enjoying notnk, being on a network series right now. she tries to schmooze some folks here in washington. she's a great guest and a lot of fun. >> guests of abc, not cnn. >> that's interesting. down.being walked there's al sharpton. is a thing. ito
>> these are the arrivals of the washington hilton's for the 100 -- 102nd annual white house correspondents dinner. journalists are invited to this, and they can bring guest's, and over the years, it has become kind of a -- celeb fest. it scheduled to go all night with the program. you will hear from the president. morewill hear from larry wil of "the nightly show." lee is the president this
year of the white house correspondents association. there will be some journalism scholarships given. --the main course tonight petite filet o propp paired with honey and orange infused shrimp, onfit, asparagus, zucchini, asparagus and roasted pepper. >> incident intimate dinner for about 8000. a lot of people. >> 30,000 square feet. 2700 or so guests. there's only an extra 7000 feet in this dining room. >> will they get the food on all they tables, and then clean it up pretty quickly -- pretty impressive. you can see what people are liningere is they are
up. some people, when there is a millic jam, have to just around, but they are interested in talking to the press, so they stand there and wait their turn. candace cameron bure, star of "full or house -- "fuller house." nae nae leaks giving her red -- nene leakes giving her red carpet pose. , a fashionthe right journalist who has become quite well known. everybody wants to see the back of the dress.
>> that of course is nina dobrov. dobrev, another canadian. >> jd heyman, you have been at this dinner. what is this crush like right now? people still waiting to get in, people watching. j.d.: it is really an intense moment. actress, perhaps best-known -- she had a cameo role in "goneit is an intense m. you have people well-known. they get their pictures taken
one after the other. is that the mother? j.d.: i guess it is. >> she looks 20 years younger without that wig on. j.d.: also was in bridesmaids and lots of things. also -- mindy, almost didn't recognize her. that is indeed her. she was on my flight. template -- really talented comedian. i believe that is vanessa kerry. rosario.om >> and she is supporting bernie sanders. ..d.: yes, correct quite outspoken in her support of bernie sanders. lot 16, i am working on my
regina king slipped in well we were speaking. -- while we were speaking. to 227. it back -- all the way back to 227. ,er guest is from usa today quite a strange group of people here tonight. campbell, jenner came in earlier. we also have people from quantico. one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the fall season. smile,t brendan covey and gabrielle, and of course, rachel mcadams.
is the guest of the boston globe, which was the paper she works for in the movie , also in spotlight. photojournalism. she has become quite close to the real-life supporters she plays in the film, and she would naturally want to come with the outlet and was very much up for it. >> larry wilmore is the entertainment tonight. during the eisenhower administration. j.d.: it really is a very tough getting for anybody. for a long time affair, to be clever and to trod the line between funny and being offensive, which is hard to do.
and that looks like megyn kelly down the escalator. megyn kelly, of course, having a huge year and really coming to batsnence with her ongoing with donald trump during the campaign. and someone from yahoo!. in, michaelweet kelly walking the red carpet at the white house correspondents dinner made me really happy and also creeped out. j.d.: i think that is the way he would want her to feel. seeing a lot of the talking heads from this campaign season
[background chatter] j.d.: megyn kelly. and stephen burn wants to know when and where is the mood from? that is the white house correspondents dinner, the intervening comments a couple of years ago. the washington post has been there for several years, one of the few places in washington that has security, entrance for the president, a lot of security precautions to take into
consideration when getting on this dinner. ,0,000 square foot ballroom 3000 square foot kitchen for the many people. j.d.: we might have caught a glance of will smith, who walked in, and jada pinkett smith. guests.are abc j.d.: will smith and jaden smith famously did not go to the oscars this year. right.'s j.d.: you really can't see at this point after the people leave this area, they go into a
series of rooms that are quite crowded, posing for pictures. smith -- jada smith. smiths this the year obviously caused quite a stir by speaking out about the lack of african-american nominees at the academy awards, and mr. smith was in concussion, a movie that got a lot of critical acclaim, but did not find an audience. he did not get the nomination he wanted. >> has significant politically wouldn't have been -- how significantly would he have been [indiscernible] very, very big deal in hollywood. tonight, cheryl brown eyes and, the african-american head of the
motion picture academy is here at the awards. i'm the really, i think started a huge conversation about race in hollywood. and as you know, it has always been a perennial issue. j.d.: he came back to get his picture taken, and they are shutting their names now. snuck in and came back around to have their photos taken.
[background chatter] >> when an actress is outspoken like to the pinkett smith about her husband's nomination, is that helpful or hurtful? j.d.: at this stage of the game, it is pretty miniscule. [indiscernible] think jada smith has never the a big box office star weight will smith has globally. she has worked subtly in television. and has always had a reputation for being an outspoken person.
>> do we know the identity of this animal? middleton is tom there on the left. williams in the biopic about the great country singer. and that is carrie fisher's dog, she traveled with that dog all the time. carrie fisher is famously very attached to her pooch. >> did she get it signed off as a therapy dog? j.d.: she may have. they travel everywhere together. is general she layer, she is a general in the new star wars movie.
also one of the funniest people in hollywood. he will follow her right off. >> i wonder if her mother has ever attended. [speaking simultaneously] middleton really one of the most acclaimed actors, new actors, of his generation. a shade of blue, a dark blue, that thing. for those of you just tuning in to the c-span, it may not sound like c-span. we can talk about appropriations. >> donald from cbs. this is the white house correspondents dinner. this is the arrival. coverage began at 6:00 p.m.
dinner program begins at 8:00 p.m., and there is a break for the pre-dinner program which will will take life. we will show you scenes and videos from last week of events and people surrounding this dinner, and then of course, we will be live with the entire program and we will shut up and just let you watch. to ourtulations winners and thank you again, jason. [applause] we have a couple of other guests here tonight. this is the first time in the last eight years that vice president joe biden is attending our dinner. [applause]
the vice president is here with his daughter, ashley pyramid's device president, i can confidently say on behalf of reporters, we appreciate how much news you have given us. [laughter] we know this has been a difficult year for you and your family and we appreciate your presence here tonight. thank you. [applause] 70 years ago, frankie robinson became the first toican-american entertainer
appear at the white house correspondents dinner. this piano playing prodigy was seven years old. here he is in 1946. mr. frank robinson, welcome back . would you please stand? [applause] i want to acknowledge some people who have been helpful to me and to the white house correspondents association. julia winston, thank you for everything you do. our lawyer,to george lehner.
journalists on this stage have been strong advocates for our press corps day in and day out, at the white house not only doing their job reporting, but you will find them in josh earnest office arguing that it event should be open to the press or that the president should take more questions. we do this because we believe that more access from the more access the journalists have, the better informed the public will be. i am grateful to the wall street for the opportunity to cover the white house, particularly our washington bureau chief and our editor-in-chief, jerry baker. [applause] , many thankshere to them -- especially my parents hudson, probably
upstairs ordering room service. i would like to think my other family, the white house press corps. i moved to washington eight years ago from a small newspaper in florida to cover the white house. i have had the pleasure to work alongside some of the smartest, funniest, kindest, and weirdest people i know. you know who you are. they are competitors but we collaborate, we speak the same , we spend more time with each other than with our colleagues at our news organizations, and often times more than our own families. could you please stand -- i want to thank you for the work that you do which i admire, and for just being her quirky, entertaining, fun, dedicated cells. thank you -- dedicated s elves. thank you.
[applause] carol: obviously, this is president obama's last dinner while in office. , being thent enterprising reporters that we are, we wanted to give you something you can turn to have to you leave the white house and you miss having this around to record your every move. thank you for putting this together, let's take a look. [begin video clip] >> the white house correspondents association knows eight years of a presidency cannot be condensed into eight minutes or less and we will leave the legacy stuff to the press office. here we go. >> today, after all of the votes have been tallied, health
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shared commitment to a free press. ladies and gentlemen, please raise a glass for what is, by tradition, our only toast of the evening, to the president of the united states. cheering] mr. president, the podium is yours. [applause] you are going to miss me when i'm gone ♪ [laughter] you can't say it, but you know it's true. [laughter] good evening, everybody. it is an honor to be here at my last and perhaps the last white
house correspondents dinner. [laughter] you all look great. the end of every public has never looked better. [laughter] i do apologize -- i know i was a little late tonight. i was running on cpt. which stands for " jokes that white people should not make." [laughter] [applause] jeff. a tip for you, anyway. here we are.
and final appearance at this unique event. iming excited -- i am excited. this material works well, i am going to use it at goldman sachs next year. [laughter] [applause] earn me some serious tubman -- that's right, that's right. my brilliant and beautiful wife michelle is here tonight. [applause] she looks so happy to be here. [laughter] that is called practice.
it's like learning to do three-minute planks and she makes it look easy now, but -- next year, this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot. guess who shes will be, but -- [laughter] [applause] standing here, i cannot help but be reflective. a little sentimental. eight years ago, i said it was time to change the tone of our politics. in hindsight, i clearly should have been more specific. [laughter] eight years ago, i was a young man.
full of idealism and the vigor. and look at me down -- i am gray, grizzled, counting down the days. [laughter] hillary once questioned whether i would be ready for 3:00 a.m. phone call. now i am awake anyway, because i have to go to the bathroom. i am up. [laughter] in fact, somebody said to me, mr. president, you are so yesterday. justin trudeau has completely replaced you. he is so handsome, so charming, he is the future. i said, justin, give it a rest.
[laughter] i resented that. meanwhile, michelle has not aged a day. [applause] the only way you can date her in photos is by looking at me -- take a look. 2008.e are in here we are a few years later. and this one is from two weeks ago. so, time passes. in just six months, i will be officially a lame duck. now willns congress
flat-out reject my authority, and republican leaders will not take my phone calls. and this is going to take some getting used to -- it is a curveball. i don't know what to do with it. [laughter] course, in four months, congressional republicans have been saying there are things i cannot do in my final year. unfortunately, this dinner was not one of them. [laughter] but, on everything else, it is another story. and you know who you are, republicans. i think we've got tim scott and cory gardner in the house. which reminds me, security, bar the doors. out. mary garland, come on we are going to do this right here, right now.
[applause] like the red wedding. [laughter] it is not just congress. some foreign leaders have been looking ahead, anticipating my departure. george showednce up to our meeting in his bathrobe. face.as a slap in the [laughter] [applause] protocol.each of although, while in england, i had lunch with her majesty the queen. i took in a performance of shakespeare, hit the links with david cameron to just in case
anybody is debating whether i am black enough -- i think that settles the debate. [laughter] i will not lie -- look. this is a tough transition, it is hard. staff are starting to leave the white house. even reporters have left me. left to hostrie the today show. nora o'donnell left to host cbs this morning. left journalism to join cnn. [laughter] [applause]
the prospect of leaving the white house is a mixed bag. he might have heard that somebody jumped the white house fence last week, but i have to give secret service credit, they found michelle and brought her back -- she is safe back at home now. [laughter] only nine more months, baby. [laughter] somehow, despite all of this, in my final year, my approval ratings keep going up. [applause] the last time i was this high, i was try to decide on my major. [laughter] [applause]
here is the thing -- i haven't really done anything differently. even my aids cannot explain the poll numbers. nobody can figure it out. [laughter] puzzling. anyway. year, i do have more appreciation for those who have been with me on this ride. like one of our finest public servants, joe biden. [applause] god bless him. love that guy. i love joe biden -- i really do. i want to thank him for his friendship, his counsel, for
always getting it to me straight and not shooting anybody in the face. thank you, joe. [laughter] host,give it up for our larry wilmore. [applause] also known as one of the two black eyes who is not jon stewart. you are the south african guy, right? i love larry. and his parents are here, who are from evanston, which is a great town. i also would like to acknowledge some of the award-winning reporters who we have with us
here tonight. rachel mcadams, mark ruffalo, -- thank you all for everything you have done. i am just joking. as you know, spotlight is a movie about investigative journalists with the resources and the autonomy to chase down the truth and all the powerful accountable. the best fantasy film since "star wars." [laughter] that was maybe a cheap shot. i understand the news business is tough his days, he keeps changing all the time. every year, somebody makes a joke about buzz feed changing the media landscape. every year the washington post laughs a little bit less hard. [scattered laughter]
gop chairman ryan previous is here as well. glad to see that you feel that you have earned the night off. on all of your success. the republican party, the nomination process, it is all going great. keep it up. [laughter] [applause] kendall jenner is also here. we had a chance to meet backstage at her and she seems like a very nice young woman. i and not exactly sure what she does? i am told that my twitter mentions are about to go through the roof. [laughter]
helen mirren is here tonight. [applause] joke, i justhave a think helen mirren is awesome. [applause] [cheering] she is awesome. sitting at the same table, mike bloomberg. [applause] mike, a combated, controversial new york billionaire, is leaving -- leading the gop primary and it is not you. [laughter] that has to sting a little bit. it is not an entirely unfair comparison between you
and the donald. mike was a big city mayor. he knows policy in depth, and he is actually worth the amount of money that he says he is. [laughter] [applause] what an election season. for example, we have the bright new face of the democratic party here tonight, mr. bernie sanders. [applause] there he is. [applause] bernie, you look like a million bucks. or, to put in terms you will understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.
[laughter] a lot of folks have been surprised by the bernie phenomenon, especially his appeal to young people -- not me, i get it. young person said to me, she was sick of politicians standing in the way of her dreams. as if we were actually going to let melia go to burning man this year -- it is not going to happen. [laughter] bernie might let her go, not us. [laughter] i am hurt though, bernie, the you have distanced yourself for me. that's not something that you do to your comrade. [laughter] [applause]
slogan has helped his campaign catch fire among young people -- feel the bern. that is a good slogan. hillary slogan has not had the same effect. let's see this. [laughter] i have said how much i admire hillary's toughness, her policy jobs, her experience. you have to admit it, though. hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for facebook. america, did you get