By Maurice Bobb
DJ Khaled’s victorious anthem, “All I Do Is Win,” has gone from basketball arenas to football stadiums worldwide, but this past Saturday (April 27), it went all the way to the White House. Khaled’s chart-topping single from his fourth studio album, Victory, played as President Obama made his way to the podium for his first second-term White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“How do you like my new entrance music?” the POTUS asked the sea of writers and celebrities, which include Steven Spielberg and recent Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this – second term, baby. We’re changing things around here.”
The president went on to say that his advisors were a little worried about his new rap entrance music, suggesting that he instead keep things traditional and start with some jokes at his own expense. Of course, one of those jokes included a hilarious nod to the controversy over Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent trip to Cuba.
“This whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba, it’s unbelievable,” Obama quipped. “I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay Z’s one.”
As most of the audience burst into laughter, the leader of the free world took a moment to fill in the blanks for the non-rap fans in the house.
“That’s another rap reference, just thought I’d let you know,” he joked. President Obama went on to tease host Conan O’Brien, make light of his back and forth with Congress, likening his battles over the Sequester to being “trapped in a Taylor Swift album” and how his time in office has really aged him thus far.
“These days I look in the mirror and I admit: I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be,” he said.