APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) Comedian Larry Wilmore speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington.This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner

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Wilmore made some jokes at Saturday's dinner that some found off-kilter.

Taylor Lewis
May, 03, 2016

To say that Larry Wilmore ruffled some racial feathers during his White House Correspondents Dinner speech is an understatement, but President Obama is shrugging it off.

ICYMI, Wilmore ended his monologue at the Saturday night ceremony by saying, “So, Mr. President, if I’m going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry, you did it, my n---a. You did it.” 

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But despite the backlash, President Obama is unbothered. NBC News reports that yesterday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama didn’t mind the joke and “appreciated the sentiments.”

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“I’m confident that Mr. Wilmore used the word by design,” Earnest said in a statement. “He was seeking to be provocative. But I think any reading of his comments makes it clear he was not using the president as a butt of a joke.” 

Presidential crisis averted! 

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