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President Obama signs off Kobe Bryant’s style at White House correspondents’ dinner

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

President Barack Obama is also feeling Kobe Bryant’s absence with Bryant’s send off message making its impression on the US President. Obama’s speech at White House during his eighth and final correspondents’ dinner on Saturday ended with drawing inspiration from the Black Mamba’s farewell tour this season.

The US President reminded everyone that he’s a big basketball fan. Obama continued his speech for thirty minutes, and finished off his humorous speech by mimicking Kobe Bryant’s send off, as reported by the Washington Post. Following the footsteps of the Lakers’ legend, Obama kissed his two fingers and said “Obama out” before dropping the microphone to cap the speech filled with jokes.

Bryant finished his send off speech with “What can I say, Mamba out” last month at the Staples Center after putting up a 60-point show against the Utah Jazz.

Many of Obama’s jokes were dedicated to the candidates contesting to step into his shoes. He mocked Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, who attended the dinner.

“Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook. ‘Dear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I’m using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary,'” he said, pretending to impersonate Clinton.

Donald Trump was a notable absentee. But Obama’s jokes didn’t “spare” him.

“There is one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable and that’s closing Guantanamo,” Obama said. “Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.”

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