White House Correspondents’ Dinner: A night of laughs

White House Correspondents’ Dinner: A night of laughs

George : WA : USA | Apr 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM PDT
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It is not usual to see Hollywood celebrities socializing with the elite of Washington, but Saturday night was an exception that comes once in a year.

The 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the Washington Hilton, is usually only attended by those covering the president. Guests’ list over the years has expanded beyond the president, the first lady, journalists and invited members of government to include high-profile celebrities.

Hollywood big names, journalists and other officials gathered in Washington Saturday for a night full of entertainment at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

President Barack Obama addressed the group in the Washington Hilton hotel, cracking jokes about his similarities with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"We both think of our wives as our better halves, and the polls show to an alarmingly insulting extent that the American people agree," he said, as reported by VOA.

And he also said, "We also both have degrees from Harvard. I have one, he has two. What a snob."

President Obama targeted Romney in his many jokes. Most of them were funny one-liners.

"It’s nice to be here in the nice, vast Hilton ballroom,” Obama said, according to the VOA report. “Or as Mitt Romney would call it, a fixer-upper.”

"What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?” Obama asked the guests, referring to the recent cry over his having dog meat as a child. “A pit bull is delicious.”

Obama also showed a fake “super PAC” advertisement warning of the threat his administration poses toward dogs.

The narrator warns, “America’s dogs can’t afford four more years of Obama. For them it’s 28 years.”

The highlight of the event remains the president’s funny speech and how he managed to poke fun at himself.

“My mother was born in Kansas, my father in Kenya, and I was born, of course, in Hawaii,” Obama said, with a wink on the joke’s punch line.

"I have not seen 'The Hunger Games.' Not enough class warfare,” he claimed.

Obama spoke last year just a day before the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. That speech was famous for Obama’s remarks about the probing questions over his U.S. citizenship and joked about the chances of Donald Trump running an election campaign.

On Saturday night, Obama referred to his last year’s address, saying that he “finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” at which point an unfavorable picture of Trump was shown.

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U.S. President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner in Washington
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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