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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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dgadver May 03 2014 at 10:42 PM

1600 American soldiers have died in Afganistan since Obama has been in office... party on Washington!

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jamers46921 dgadver May 04 2014 at 12:11 AM

who started this mess, the lying republterds

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shamrock2u jamers46921 May 04 2014 at 1:47 AM

No, it was bill Clinton the weasel.

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Eugene Solare May 04 2014 at 6:38 AM

I would rather know Where is was during the Benghazi emergency, and what he was doing.

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junemoon6650 Eugene Solare May 04 2014 at 7:40 AM

Dude that i s old news. I think all of you have beaten a dead horse too long

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Wise-1 junemoon6650 May 04 2014 at 8:34 AM

june, a horse is not dead until you have answers. This administration would be ashamed to tell the truth for once.

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Tom junemoon6650 May 04 2014 at 8:35 AM

No that is not news. The media had failed to cover it correctly. And the LIES need to come out for the slower among us like YOU.

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danabnnc May 04 2014 at 7:47 AM

I just wish he would go away for good.....

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u8nt4me May 04 2014 at 8:02 AM

What's so funny, that's right you screwed the working class for years to come and now you and your cronies can have a good laugh.

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Robert Leonetti May 04 2014 at 8:08 AM

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OBAMA IS A TERRIBLE PRESIDENT...NOT FOR ALL THE CRAP THAT GOES AROUND ABOUT HIS BEING A SOCIALIST OR EVEN WORST.....BUT RATHER BECAUSE HE IS INCOMPETENT. HE KEEPS SPENDING MORE AND MORE MONEY ON THE WRONG THINGS AND HAS PUT US INTO A TAIL SPIN OF DEPT, THAT WE WILL NEVER RECOVER FROM. THE WORST THING FOR A MAN OF TREMENDOUS POWER.... IS TO BE INCOMPETENT ...BUT THINK HE KNOWS EVERYTHING AND IS ROCK HEADED ABOUT IT. VERY DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA.

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glucash22 Robert Leonetti May 04 2014 at 9:44 AM

Congress is authorized to approve all spending, not the President. A well informed public would be such a blessing. Congress has a 6% approval rating. I wonder why they received that?

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TEXVOODOO2 May 04 2014 at 8:32 AM

Anything besides actually working, eh Mr.President?

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FRANK TEXVOODOO2 May 04 2014 at 10:32 AM

HE NEEDS AN OTHER VACATION BECAUSE HE IS TIRED FROM THE LAST ONE.................

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Wise-1 May 04 2014 at 8:33 AM

Funny thing is that lots of people were making fun BUT they really mean the tings they say about the clown, then everybody laughs like it's a joke. Too bad it's not.

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parcpl May 04 2014 at 8:40 AM

If obama spent half the time working on getting this country straight as he does organizing his vacations and parties, we would be in good shape.

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FRANK parcpl May 04 2014 at 10:31 AM

AMEN.......................

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petpetdon May 04 2014 at 9:02 AM

As president he stinks. As a comedian he is good. Now get out of the White House.

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scottee May 04 2014 at 9:07 AM

elite...living in luxury...on someone else's dime.

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