Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner

President turns comedian for White House Correspondents' Association dinner
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US President Barack Obama poked fun at the media, his critics and himself on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a star-filled event where journalists and celebrities mixed with the Washington elite.
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Joined at the dinner by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, the president gently knocked Republicans for not working with him on policy priorities and made a rare reference to his race when urging the opposition party to be cooperative.
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"I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities," Obama said.\n"And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know?" he said.
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Obama, a Democrat and the first black U.S. president, won re-election in November with overwhelming support from minority voters including blacks and Hispanics.
\nHe took a swipe at people who have doubted his religion and accused him of being a radical leftist, while he made light of his graying hair.
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\n\nActor Kevin Spacey looks on during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be," Obama said. "Time passes. You get a little gray."\n
\nThe president is a Christian who was born in Hawaii, but he included some material for so-called "birthers" who falsely assert he was born abroad.\n

\nNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks with actress Barbara Streisand during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks on during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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Director Steven Spielberg smiles for the camera at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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Actor Patrick Stewart attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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US President Barack Obama reacts to a joke told by comedian Conan O'Brien during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
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Singer Katy Perry attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Conde Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Actress Kate Mara attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Musician John Legend attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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(L-R) Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes and Bob Schieffer attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Actress Morena Baccarin attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Musician Psy attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Piers Morgan and Gerard Butler attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
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Amy Poehler attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Sun 28 Apr 2013 11:52 AM GST