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Obama Pokes Fun at Self at Annual Dinner

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CNN: President Obama drew big laughs at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday, taking jabs at his administration, his Republican rivals and even himself.

"I would like to talk about what my administration plans to achieve in the next 100 days," Obama said. "During the second 100 days, we will design, build and open a library dedicated to my first 100 days."

He added later, "I believe that my next 100 days will be so successful, I will be able to complete them in 72 days -- and on the 73rd day I will rest."

The Democratic president poked fun at the Republican Party, saying it "does not qualify for a bailout" and conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh "doesn't count as a troubled asset."

Obama touched on a few gaffes during his short time in office, from Vice President Joe Biden's verbose tendencies to an unfortunate Air Force One photo op that frightened New Yorkers -- playfully pointing his finger at his young daughters.

"Sasha and Malia aren't here tonight because they're grounded," he said. "You can't just take Air Force One on a joyride to Manhattan -- I don't care whose kids you are."

As the world shakes off swine flu fears that started in Mexico, Obama noted his old rivalry with former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who now serves as secretary of state.

"We had been rivals during the campaign, but these days we could not be closer," the president said. "In fact, the second she got back from Mexico, she pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss -- told me to get down there myself."

Obama even took on former Vice President Dick Cheney, who wasn't in attendance: "He is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, "How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People."

Obama took a somber tone, though, when specifically addressing the reporters in the room -- noting the financial struggles that have afflicted the newspaper industry.

"Across the country, there are extraordinary, hardworking journalists who have lost their jobs in recent days, recent weeks, recent months," he said. "I know each newspaper and media outlet is wrestling with how to respond with these changes. ... Not every ending will be a happy one.

"It is also true that your ultimate success as an industry is essential to the success of our democracy -- it's what makes this thing work," Obama said.

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Blundido May 10, 2009, 5:35 PM

Price of gas has gone up 39 cents a gallon in a week; heroic soldiers loosing their lives at the war fronts, but yet there is time for joking around in Washington,D.C. No doubt about it, the “change”, actually needs a change!

Pedro May 11, 2009, 12:32 AM

Should the change be back to the guy who had us at $4/gallon gas, had soldiers losing their lives on all fronts (and civilians in New Orleans), did the same act at the same event and was on vacation more than any president past or since?

I for one doubt your assertion that the change needs a change. Say what you will about President Obama, but there is no doubt he’s a hard worker. I think he is doing an amazingly good job in light of the mess he was left with and the polls show that most of the American people agree with me, not you.

If you disagree with him or dislike him, then fine. I thought your guy was a lying snake who was guilty of treason (his snake of a Veep too) and I said so. But I did feel compelled to point out that the conservative movement is definitely in the minority right now, so blanket “we need to run that non-neocon out of office” arguments just don’t fly right now.

We the people are loving our current president, and if you don’t like it all I can tell you is that Nazis historically flee to Argentina, try there.

vlo May 11, 2009, 5:11 AM

couldn’t have said it better myself pedro…the people who didn’t vote for obama have light bulbs going off in their heads right now…we don’t care if no matter how much good obama does, they will never acknowledge it..but who cares about them? they are in the minority and we are in the majority…it’s a good feeling ain’t it???

go obama!!!!

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