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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Malia to Harvard; POTUS mic drops

Two items that made the news a bit worthwhile over the weekend.

Malia Obama, 17, will be going to Harvard according to a statement from the Office of the First Lady, following in the footsteps of her parents.

The press release also states that, "Malia will take a gap year before beginning school."

The Obamas are both Harvard law school graduates; the first lady in 1988, the president in 1991.

Read: Harvard and slavery.

America has watched the Obama girls, Malia Ann and her sister Natasha (Sasha), grow up in the White House since they were the wee ages of 9 and 6, and look at them now.  The Obama girls, whenever they're asked, 'So, where did you grow up, can say 'I grew up in the White House.'

Both young ladies made's 31 Most Influential Women under 30 back in March.

The girls have been scrutinized by more than a few mean people since they graced the White House with their presence; however, despite what these mean people say the two sisters are adored the world over. Even their sense of fashion (just like their mom) has captured the attention of fashion icons.

In other political news worth mentioning President Obama gave his eighth, and final, White House Correspondents' Dinner speech Saturday evening as, well, president.

"The end of the republic has never looked better."

The president joked about what he might do post-presidency saying of his satire,"If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.  That's right." (The Tubman remark made reference to Harriet Tubman's picture replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.)

The president thanked the press for helping to "strengthen our democracy"' and joked about some members of the media making their own transitions.

ReadWhat is the WHCD?

"I won't lie. Look, this is a tough transition", the president said.  "It's hard.  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."

Obama mic drops, gives 'Obama Out' deuces at 2016 WHCD dinner.  Photo/US News video screen grab.
The conclusion of his remarks made for a new Twitter hashtag, #ObamaOut, as he gave deuces (Kobe Bryant style) and an emphatic mic drop.

"And with that, I just have two more words to say -– Obama out", the president said, his eyes revealing a sentimental reflection of his presidency.

The 2016 WHCD was hosted by Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore who gave a few colorful comments of his own and referred to the president as 'my N-word.

Watch the full video here.

Noticed:  Clinton, Trump snub WHCD.

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