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Obama prepares for annual correspondents' dinner

Obama Correspondents

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama was set to join journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner for an evening of humor and celebrity gazing that has become an annual tradition in the nation's capital.

Ahead of the dinner, Obama was spending the afternoon golfing at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, with three White House aides. First Lady Michelle Obama was to accompany him to the black tie event.

Joel McHale, star of the NBC series "Community," was signed to be the dinner's featured entertainer.

The dinner has often come at key moments of Obama's presidency. In 2011, Obama showed up the day before special operations troops killed Osama bin Laden. Last year's dinner came nearly two weeks after the deadly Boston Marathon.

This time, the U.S. and Europe are anxiously watching Ukraine and Russia's role in the turbulence in the eastern region of the former Soviet state.

The correspondent's association, which represents the White House press corps, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Several journalists were to be awarded prizes for their coverage of the presidency and national issues.

Glenn Thrush of Politico and Brianna Keilar of CNN won the Aldo Beckman Award, which recognizes excellence in the coverage of the presidency.

Peter Baker of The New York Times and Peter Maer of CBS News won the Merriman Smith Award for deadline coverage.

Megan Twohey of Reuters and a partnership between The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby and ABC News' Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross won the Edgar A. Poe Award for coverage of issues of national significance.

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rmorrell200 May 03 2014 at 6:25 PM

Too bad mainstream media doesn't think what Obama was doing during the attack on our embassy at Benghazi.

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Afantos Aetos rmorrell200 May 03 2014 at 6:44 PM

''the same Bush was doing in Florida , an the 9/11 attack.

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dad6162 rmorrell200 May 03 2014 at 7:41 PM

How come no one seems to care what Bush was doing during the 9/11 attacks. He was sitting in a classroom in an elementary school in Sarasota, Fl without a clue.

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temeculapaul May 03 2014 at 6:23 PM

Understandably a number of people in the Confederate...I mean Republican Party think only Caucasions should be privileged to golf.

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aristocat101 May 03 2014 at 6:23 PM

Of course he was playing golf do you expect him to do anything else but play games or hang with celebrities, unless he has a camera in front of him to take pictures, he is all about himself, thats all he knows. America at least 50% of americans made the same big mistake twice, I hope they wise up before the next election and do not vote Hillary in, she is as bad as Obama she is a liar and a greedy corrupt democrat, well like most democrats are.

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Ron aristocat101 May 03 2014 at 8:13 PM

Go back to bed my little one. You will feel better in the morning.

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am0714 May 03 2014 at 6:21 PM

All you haters listen up. Hey where was bush during Viet Nam, you don't like it when W is brought up, but sorry he played more golf, ....well never mind, when it comes to this dinner all I can remember was when W. showed the video of him in the oval office, looking here, there & everywhere for weapons of mass destruction ! ! He should have had the families of every dead, wounded or serving military person in Iraq kick him right square in the balls for that horror. Geez what an idiot.

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Wise-1 May 03 2014 at 6:17 PM

Why geeeeez pilgrim. He made it a full day at the golf court along with a much needed trip to Hawaii.

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m.lombard1 May 03 2014 at 6:17 PM

"How Obama spent his afternoon ahead of the correspondents' dinner".................. why dont we know what Obama was doing when 4 Americans including the Ambassador were being murdered in Benghazi and that they might have been saved, Americans want to know.

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alamaden May 03 2014 at 6:14 PM

Wow...what a surprise.... All of these so called journalists getting awards from ultra left news sources.... I mean this is New News!!!!

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prgrsiv alamaden May 03 2014 at 6:37 PM

..........that's because FUAX "News" is a JOKE...........

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Linda May 03 2014 at 6:14 PM

I wonder if only the Liberal Media was invited? Are Fox News invited? Is this just a photo op for Obama and the media that kisses his azz?

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violetvalerieviolet Linda May 03 2014 at 6:53 PM

foxfiction is even a news source according to themselves, they are fox entertainment.

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grndafire Linda May 03 2014 at 7:26 PM

Fox is not news. They are an opinion, entertainment and propaganda network

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lilpumpkinmatty grndafire May 04 2014 at 2:38 AM

you mean like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS?

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palmbergk May 03 2014 at 6:11 PM

Where did he spend his time during the Benghazi attack?

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m.lombard1 May 03 2014 at 6:24 PM

"How Obama spent his afternoon ahead of the correspondents' dinner" AOL considers this is news...............what Americans want to know is where was he when 4 Americans were being murdered in Benghazi and that we know now that nothing was done to prevent it or to help them.

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