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Obama replied: At least I will go down as a president.

I know what he meant by that, but I don't get what's the context hidden between the lines, I don't get the roast, why did people find it so funny? Don't all presidents go down anyway? (be recorded or remembered in a particular way.)

Does he mean Donald Trump wont be remembered? or something?

  • "to go down in history" is the complete expression.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 12, 2017 at 18:23

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Obama said this before Trump had been elected, under the assumption that he would lose the election. Obama means that even if he's remembered as a bad president, he'll still be remembered as a president. Under the assumption that Trump would lose, Obama means that Trump may be remembered, but not as a president.

  • In this situation we would say that Donald Trump "has the last laugh", because he did get elected.
    – Andrew
    Jan 12, 2017 at 17:59
  • Yeah, he did. Haha, jokes on Obama. Jan 12, 2017 at 18:00
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    Joke's on the entire country, but that's off-topic. :)
    – Andrew
    Jan 12, 2017 at 18:00

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