Reactions to Larry Wilmore's White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

Reactions to Larry Wilmore’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

While President Obama received rave reviews for his final White House Correspondents dinner speech, host Larry Wilmore closed out his remarks with a joke that left the mostly-white audience choking on their champagne.

As he wrapped up his performance, the comedian reflected on experiencing the nation’s first black presidency.

“When I was a kid I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback,” Wilmore said. “Now think about that: A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world.”

What started off as an innocent anecdote then took a sharp left turn.

“Words alone do me no justice. So Mr. President I’m going to keep it 100… Yo Barry, you did it my n-gg-,” Wilmore said, pounding his chest with his fist. “You did it.”


As expected, people had a lot to say: