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Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner

President turns comedian for White House Correspondents' Association dinner

Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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.
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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.
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
"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.
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
"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
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks on during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Director Steven Spielberg smiles for the camera at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Actor Patrick Stewart attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
US President Barack Obama reacts to a joke told by comedian Conan O'Brien during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Singer Katy Perry attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Actress Kate Mara attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Musician John Legend attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
(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)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Actress Morena Baccarin attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Musician Psy attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
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)
Obama pokes fun at critics, media at annual press dinner
Amy Poehler attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)