We already know that Donald Trump opted out on attending the White House Correspondents dinner, but Samantha Bee was sure to have at least one president at her event, 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.'
"The prodigal son has returned. I don’t know what that means, but I know it’s positive. It’s very prodigal. Quick presidential update: I’m doing quite well, thank you. History has proven to be kinder to me than many of you thought. For the longest time, I was considered the worst president of all time. That has changed. And it only took 100 days! I needed 8 years, a catastrophic flood, a war built on a lie, an economic disaster. The new guy needed 100 days. He is now widely considered the worst president of all time. I come in second. I’m fine by that. No one remembers second place."
Ferrell's "Bush" then poked fun at his relationship with the press during his presidency much to the interest of the Bee's crowd in attendance which included hundreds of reporters and news heads from various outlets across media.
"I'll be honest," he said." I've never liked you guys in the press, our relationship was sometimes strained ... One might say it was prodigal. You guys would always sneak up on me with gotcha questions like 'why are we going to war? Gotcha.' 'Why did you not respond to Hurricane Katrina? Gotcha.' I just wish someone had told me that all you have to do is say 'fake news' over and over and over again."
And of course Ferrell's 10-minute roast about Trump would not be complete without a joke about the President's favorite home away from home, Mar-a-Lago.
"Sounds like a name from a Tom Clancy novel,” Ferrell said. “The Hunt for Mar-a-Lago." This is when he read a part of the made-up book: "That night, in the steamy, sultry air of the Mar-a-Lago club, the president steered a sumptuous and beautiful slice of chocolate cake, and brought it to his all-knowing lips. He chewed it with steely reserve, and then, with the delicious and really wonderful chocolate cake still in his mouth, he turned to the Chinese president, who was also enjoying his wonderful dessert, and said, ‘I have just launched 59 missiles at Iraq. Or perhaps Syria.’"
Ferrell also took the obligatory and thematic time to mock journalists, but noted that it's an especially difficult time right now to be a journalist.
"I gotta be honest with you. I don’t know why anyone would become a journalist right now. It’s like being on the Titanic in this room...The iceberg is coming, and you guys are hanging on to your journalistic integrity, playing the violin as the ship goes down. You guys should do what they’re doing at Fox and Friends. Those guys are dressing up as women and children and stealing the lifeboats!"
Ferrell famously impersonated George W. Bush in an "SNL" skit titled "Strategery" back in 2000.
Samantha Bee's 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner' Airs Saturday at 10pm E.T. on TBS.