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President Obama Roasts Republican Candidates at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Obama wasted no time cutting into the three GOP candidates

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    President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner

    President Barack Obama pulled out the punches during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, taking jabs at the candidates vying for the Republican nomination. 

    "It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last White House Correspondents' Dinner," he said, telling the audience how great they looked before getting right down to business.

    Obama told the crowd at the 102nd and final dinner that his approval ratings have been rising, even in his final year in office. 

    "What has changed?" he asked. "No one can figure it out." 

    Obama paused, allowing a moment to pass before a split-screen of Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump popped up on screen. 

    Obama didn't stop there. He called out top Republicans, who have touted Paul Ryan as a possible nominee, if one can’t be chosen before the GOP convention in July. 

    "Steak or fish?” he told the audience, referring to the choice on the evening’s menu. "A whole bunch of you wrote Paul Ryan. You may not like steak or fish, but that’s your choice." 

    Ryan has said he will not seek the nomination. 

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    Obama wasted no time cutting into the three GOP candidates, saying "some candidates aren’t polling high enough to qualify for their own joke" over a photo of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 

    "And then there’s Ted Cruz," he said, calling out the Texas senator for a mistake he made this week in Indiana when he referred to a basketball hoop as a "ring."

    "What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one," Obama said, before moving on to an absent Trump. 

    "Is this dinner too tacky for 'The Donald'?"

    Trump’s absence "hurt" Obama, who said he "had so much fun last time." Obama has singled out the real estate mogul in previous years, making fun of Trump's hair and the businessman's quest to see Obama's birth certificate. 

    "Is he at home eating a Trump steak?" Obama asked. "What’s he doing?"

    The president went on, making jabs at Trump's lack of foreign policy and experience, and his real estate prowess. 

    "There's one area where Donald's experience could be valuable. And that's closing Guantanamo, because Trump knows a thing or two about closing waterfront properties into the ground."