Barack Obama mentions meeting Prince George in last White House correspondents speech

Barack Obama 'drops the mic' in his last White House correspondents' dinner speech. Credit: APTN

US President Barack Obama referenced meeting Prince George during his last speech at the annual White House correspondents' dinner.

The event, which is a chance for the President to show off his comedic talents, is widely anticipated in Washington as a chance for journalists and politicians to playfully make fun of each other.

In a speech peppered with anecdotes about his time in the Oval office, Mr Obama frequently joked about what he's going to do when he is no longer President.

He said that he was slowly coming to terms with the idea but that people were already treating him differently - such as the meeting with Prince George - which he said the toddler attended in his bath robe in "a clear breach of protocol".

Mr Obama also used his address to poke fun at the Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

He asked why Mr Trump was not at the event and suggested that may be, he is "at home eating a Trump steak and tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel?".

British actress Emma Watson was one of several stars at the White House event. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

The dinner, a long-standing tradition, has morphed from a relatively low-key gathering of journalists and their sources into a glamorous red-carpet affair.

Several stars attended Saturday's glitzy black-tie event including singer Aretha Franklin, actor Morgan Freeman, Emma Watson and Dame Helen Mirren.

On a serious note Mr Obama praised the US media for its role in upholding American values as a free press.

He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to work side by side with you to strengthen our democracy".

The President ended his speech by 'dropping the mic' and saying: "Obama out".