Politicians don’t always have to be serious and when you are a President coming to the end of your term it seems you have the opportunity to be able to poke fun at others in the world of politics as President Obama did regarding the recent email scandal.
According to a report by Reuters, President Barack Obama firmly took aim at his Republican opponents and his gaffe-prone vice president during a satirical speech that included a roast of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email.
During the annual Gridiron dinner, an event known for being a place for poking fun at players in the world of American politics, Obama joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election, and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.
During his speech, President Obama joked that his reputation for being a tech-savvy president had now been eclipsed by his one-time foe Clinton, who has come under fire for using a private email account for her work as the nation’s top diplomat.
President Obama joked: “If you think about how things have changed since 2008, back then I was the young tech-savvy candidate of the future. Now I’m yesterday’s news and Hillary’s got a server in her house!”
“I am so far behind,” he said to laughter.
But it was not only the President who was having fun at the expense of Hillary Clinton as Walker also had some fun with Clinton’s email controversy, tying her to wealthy Wall Street donors.
“I even have Hillary’s private email,” Walker said. “It goes right to her campaign headquarters. You know, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org,” he said.
Walker went on to say that the joke was written by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is known for crusading against Wall Street, and who some Democrats hope will challenge Clinton.
According to Reuters, Obama, feeling loose with less than two years left in office, noted criticism that he had taken a “selfie” photo in a viral video promoting his health insurance program, but he turned the tables on Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran warning them against a nuclear deal Obama hopes to secure.
“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran,” Obama said.