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The White House Correspondents' Dinner; Two Terms of One-Liners From President Obama; Anthony Bourdain's "PARTS UNKNOWN" Features Chicago; Donald Trump Imitates Rivals Aired 6:30-7:00a

Aired May 1, 2016 - 06:30   ET





BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You know I've got to talk about Trump. Come on. And it is surprising. You've got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says, no. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead?

He is at home eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insulting to Angela Merkel. What's he doing?


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: So last night, Donald Trump was the elephant not in the room at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

President Obama as you heard there, ridiculed him, went after him, but not as hard he has in some years. And of course, you know, Donald Trump is the front-runner of the GOP nomination. He skipped the dinner this year.

ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: And a lot of people in the crowd though were waiting for the lines and comments about Trump, maybe anticipating to speak (ph). Well, also the roasting the president gave him at the dinner back in 2011. Well, the president did come out swinging eventually.


OBAMA: They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.


CABRERA: Let's bring in CNN senior media correspondent, Brian Stelter.

Brian, there was so much build-up and so much wondering about what is he going to say about Trump given what he has said in years past. And then Trump didn't show up. Did he still manage to steal the show do you think even though he wasn't there?

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: The audience enjoyed the Trump jokes more than anything else.

When I was in the room when he was starting to speak, there was some nervousness, a lot of curiosity about how President Obama would wrap up all of years speaking at this dinner. Of course, we saw his mic drop at the very end, which was symbolic, but it was really the Trump jokes that seemed to hit home the most, and seemed to get the crowd laughing the most. (INAUDIBLE) because they were so hotly anticipated.

And of course, he teased the audience, pretending to wrap up the speech before then, saying that he had to make some Trump jokes. You know, this a president who has repeatedly said Donald Trump will not be my successor. Donald Trump will not be president.

President Obama has sought to take Trump less seriously than probably the rest of Washington, D.C. or I'd argue the rest of the country and the media establishment. And that's more of what we saw again last night. With his jokes about beauty pageants and his jokes about Trump's steaks, he was trying to make a serious point of how he views Trump's candidacy. And so we'll see what the ripple effects of that are.

Of course, Trump did not live tweet this. He ignored it. He said he'll be in Indiana today with a number of rallies. So I suppose his opportunity to respond will be at the podium later today.

CABRERA: Were you surprised that he didn't show up? I mean, he is the kind of guy who likes to be among a group of people and be in the spotlight, right?

STELTER: I think he of course he knew he was going to get skewered, probably didn't want to be caught on camera with those reactions, but also has very real reasons not to be here in D.C. of course, on the campaign trail. This is a man who prefers to stay in Trump Tower whenever he can and then travel to the states for campaigning.


You know, of course, at the same time, the president was talking about the media's coverage of Trump and how Trump disproportionate coverage especially early on in the campaign. I'm not sure that Donald would have wanted to sit in the audience to hear all of those comments either.

CABRERA: You talked about the fact he didn't tweet.


CABRERA: That alone spoke volumes, right?

STELTER: Yes. It sometimes does. It sometimes does.

Remember, Donald Trump has live tweeted various other political events in the past, you know, including a debate in order to sort of capitalize on the media attention. Maybe he knows that he might win the next round so to speak of the news cycle by responding to Obama, so we'll see about that. But clearly, the president's intentions were to down-play Donald Trump, to ridicule him, and to mock him as a way of really ridiculing his entire candidacy. Almost as a message to entire White House press corps and to the other reporters in the audience not to take Donald Trump so seriously.

And keep in mind, there are members of the military in that room as well, along with lobbyist and corporate leaders and others. So, it's interesting to watch that kind of room react to jokes about the GOP front-runner.

CABRERA: Absolutely. Real quick before we let you go. There was another funny moment, and it happened on tape. John Boehner making an appearance in Obama's speech.


CABRERA: The president talking about, what is he going to do when he leaves office. Let's take a look.


OBAMA: So got any advice for me?

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: So now you want my advice. First, stop sending me all these LinkedIn requests. And second here's the beauty of this whole thing you've got all the time in the world to figure this out. You can just be you for a while. If you know how to do that again.

OBAMA: So I can just be me? And I can wear my mom jeans in peace. I hate these tight jeans.

BOEHNER: That's good.

Yesterday, I had a beer at 11:30 in the morning, and you know, McDonald's now serves breakfast all day long.

OBAMA: You know, Michelle is going to be at spin class. So she'll never know.

BOEHNER: Right. Let it go. You know, it won't be long. You'll be able to walk right out of the Oval Office singing zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.


CABRERA: I don't know about you, Brian, but I thought those two are really funny together.

STELTER: Yes, there is always humor twinge with truth here. In some ways, this event is when the president can say things he otherwise can't really say. And so you read between the lines of his messages, and you certainly heard what Boehner there after eight years of acrimony between the president and the GOP controlled...


STELTER: ... house. I also thought the president (ph) -- coming out to the song "You're Going to Miss Me When I'm Gone," spoke volumes. It said a lot. Maybe even John Boehner missing the president slightly after he leaves office. Opening with that line and the president said, I know you can't admit it, but it's true. I actually think seeing his approval start to pick (ph) up a little, it might be because of the lame duck year for President Obama, maybe some people are starting to recalibrate and reassess his presidency.

CABRERA: Well and maybe this was just a launching point for the next phase of President Obama's career after being president, perhaps comedy will be.


STELTER: I'm sure "Funny Or Die" or maybe even "SNL" would like to talk with him. I'm sure.

CABRERA: I'm sure. Brian Stelter, thank you so much for joining us, for waking up early this morning.

Don't forget, you can catch Brian Stelter's show coming up today "RELIABLE SOURCES," airs at 11:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

Up next on NEW DAY, President Obama wrapping up a stellar run at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night. The president again taking aim at Trump and not for the first time. So we're going to take a look back at his greatest hits after the break.



BLACKWELL: In last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner, Donald Trump was probably the president's top target, but of course, he was not the only target. Over the years, no one has been safe from his one-liners. Republicans, Democratic, the president himself. Here is some of his best material.


OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. Good evening. In the next 100 days, our bipartisan outreach will be so successful that even John Boehner will consider becoming a Democrat. After all, we have a lot in common. He is a person of color -- although not a color that appears in the natural world.

Some Republicans have suggested that the bill contains a few secret provisions and that's ridiculous. There aren't a few secret provisions in the health care plan. There are like hundreds.

No one is happier. No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. Like did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?

Of course, the White House Correspondents' Dinner is known as the prom of Washington, D.C., a term coined by political reporters who clearly never had the chance to go to an actually prom.

These days, I look in the mirror, and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.

You would think they'd appreciate a more assertive approach considering that the new conservative darling is none other than Vladimir Putin. Last year, Pat Buchanan said Putin is headed straight for the Nobel Peace Prize. He said this. Now I know it sounds crazy, but to be fair, they give those to just about anybody these days.

Ted Cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like Galileo. Now that's not really an apt comparison. Galileo believed the earth revolves around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the earth revolves around Ted Cruz. And just as an aside, I want to point out, when a guy who has his face on a "Hope" poster calls you self- centered, you know you have got a problem.



BLACKWELL: He has, you know, gotten better over the years. I mean, he was good from the start.

CABRERA: He seemed too nervous the first year.

BLACKWELL: The first year he was but his timing is so good.

CABRERA: I know. I wonder if he writes his own jokes.

BLACKWELL: I'm sure he participates in the process, but some of those hit so well, you would expect that there is some professional writes. Yes

CABRERA: Professional comedians. Right.

BLACKWELL: And so next, the best lines from this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. And next, our presidential historian weighs in on Obama's humor last night, his enduring legacy and his funny clothes, last night.


OBAMA: Obama out.



[06:49:12] BLACKWELL: Well, comedian Larry Wilmore seems to have a difficult time landing some of those punch lines at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. Maybe it was the audience. Maybe he just needed better material.

CABRERA: Or he needed to go before the president.


BLACKWELL: Yes. That would have helped.

CABRERA: Well, President Obama on the other hand seemed to be on a roll. He didn't have any trouble getting people to laugh. His stand up routine might have even earned him the title one-liner-in-chief. Here are some of his best moments.


OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents' Dinner. The end of the Republic has never looked better. We've got the bright new face of the Democratic Party here tonight, Mr. Bernie Sanders.


Bernie, you look like a million bucks. Or to put it in term you'll understand you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each.

Bernie's slogan has helped his campaign catch fire among young people. "Feel the Bern." Hillary's slogan has not had the same effect. Meanwhile, some candidates aren't polling high enough to qualify for their own joke tonight.

With that, I just have two more words to say, Obama out.


BLACKWELL: You know, the president has done daytime talk shows. He has done late night, I would not be surprised. And I don't know what side of 50 percent it's on but if the president post White House does "SNL." (INAUDIBLE) by (ph) that (ph).

CABRERA: He seems to be a natural...


CABRERA: ... when it comes to being funny.

BLACKWELL: So we'll see. Maybe the president will try that after he leaves office next year.

CABRERA: If you want to check out all the highlights, go to and we've got them all there for you.

BLACKWELL: Well, you've seen others imitate Donald Trump, but have you seen Donald Trump imitate his rivals. That's next on NEW DAY. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)


BLACKWELL: Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the killing of 9/11 master mind Osama bin Laden. And for the first time really ever, President Obama sits down inside "THE SITUATION ROOM" to describe that raid.

CABRERA: The president tells CNN why May 2nd, 2011 might have been his last chance, the U.S.'s last chance really to get Osama bin Laden. Why the stakes were even higher if that mission had failed.


OBAMA: After the discussions with the principles, it was clear to me that this was going to be our best chance to get bin Laden. That if in fact we did not take the action that he might slip away, and might be years before he resurfaced.

I had confidence we could get our guys back. We knew that it was going to cause some significant blow back within Pakistan. And that if it wasn't bin Laden, probably the cost would outweigh the benefits. And we would lose face internationally, because there was probably going to be a lot of difficulty keeping it a secret once the operation started.


BLACKWELL: All right, watch the rest of that interview on Monday night, when CNN airs "We Got Him, President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror." Again, that's tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN tomorrow.

Let's take you to Chicago now, known for the deep dish pizza, the hot dogs, and pork dumplings, I didn't know that.

CABRERA: Really. Well, on the next episode of "PARTS UNKNOWN" you're going to find out a little bit more about food...


BLACKWELL: ... a little something.

CABRERA: ... in the Windy City and perhaps be taken by surprise by Anthony Bourdain.


ANTHONY BOURDAIN, HOST, PARTS UNKNOWN: Look, I knew Chicago was a city of very diverse neighborhoods. Everybody says so, but this, I didn't know about. Now I do.

So where are we? And why are we here? I have to say, I'm really glad we're here, but why? STEPHANIE IZARD, CHEF, RESTAURANTEUR: We're at Sze Chuan Cuisine. So

after going to China we were just talking about that Chengdu is my favorite place, but Peter has never actually been to Chengdu. And so coming back then it was like let's go to Chinatown and try to find out places to find those things we ate for breakfast every day.

BOURDAIN: Pork dumplings and chili oil start the fire. And they're slippery.

IZARD: You got it?

PETER WONG, CHEF, RESTAURANTEUR: You know why? The chopstick is thin, it's not thick and fat. Here, just do this.

IZARD: I thought you're not supposed to do that? Peter, you're supposed to help me (INAUDIBLE).

BOURDAIN: Yes, so happy.


CABRERA: Looks pretty good, doesn't it?


CABRERA: CNN tonight, "ANTHONY BOURDAIN, PARTS UNKNOWN" It's at 9:00 p.m. Eastern here on CNN.

Well, late night comedy shows are always imitating Donald Trump. But the Donald himself also wants to copy other candidates.

BLACKWELL: CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the Donald's best and worst imitations.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Comedians are constantly impersonating Donald Trump.

JIMMY FALLON, COMEDIAN: With the bigger hands.

DANA CARVEY, COMEDIAN: Our nukes are huge.

MOOS: But you know who else imitates the Donald? The Donald acting presidential

Trump loves doing imitations.


MOOS: Whether it might be Marco Rubio, guzzling water. Or Mitt Romney, choking.

TRUMP: Romney choked like a dog. He went --

MOOS: Sometimes his routines backfire, like when he imitated a disabled reporter.

TRUMP: Oh, I don't know what I said. I don't remember.

MOOS: Or when he does accents.

TRUMP: They say we want deal.

MOOS: For instance, a call center operator in India.

TRUMP: Said, where are you from? We are from India. Oh, great that's wonderful.

MOOS: Didn't go over so wonderful with Indian commentators.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing but a cheap jibe.

MOOS: Trump has imitated Hillary, portraying her as robotic.

TRUMP: How are you? This is crooked Hillary Clinton.

MOOS (on camera): But if Donald Trump can do a lame Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton can do a lame Donald Trump.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know, this is a Yuge (ph) election. Isn't he the one that is like hey (ph), you're all losers.

MOOS (voice-over): Sometimes Trump imitates with his hands, rather than his voice. John Kasich eating for instance.

TRUMP: He has a news conference all the time when he is eating. I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.

MOOS: One thing you rarely see trump eat, his words.

TRUMP: Bites this big he's pushing it in.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN...


TRUMP: It's disgusting..

MOOS: ... New York.


CABRERA: Well, thanks for starting your morning with us

BLACKWELL: We've got much more ahead on the next hour of your NEW DAY.