Obama, McHale Bring Down The House At #WHCD

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Obama, McHale Bring Down The House At #WHCD

"I am happy to be here, even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days."

Yowch. President Obama was not pulling any punches at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner. The White House Correspondents' Association is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, and their annual dinner was an appropriately lavish spectacle.

What began as a small, select gathering of White House journalists in 1921 has transformed into four days of fancy parties and star-studded red carpets, where celebrities, politicians and journalists all gather in D.C. to let their hair down for a weekend.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: Comedian Joel McHale speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: Comedian Joel McHale speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama and outgoing Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius attend the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama and comedian Joel McHale share a laugh at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 3: US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel May 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, jokes with President Barack Obama, during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama, left, speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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This year's festivities saw appearances from celebrities like Lupita Nyong'o, Mindy Kaling, and "The Roots" musician Questlove.

But compared to past dinners, the guest list was a little light on A-list celebrities this year.The Washington Post reports event organizers are looking to tone down the celebrity appearances this year and focus on the correspondents.

The dinner opened with a retrospective video produced by the History Channel, highlighting the 100 years of White House press coverage. And then things got a bit ... surreal.

SELINA MEYER: "What the hell are you doing?"
JOE BIDEN: "C'mon."
MEYER: "Yellow? Seriously, yellow?"
BIDEN: "Get in the car."

WHCA President Steven Thomma then handed out several journalism awards. Reporters from CNN and Politico were recognized for excellence in covering the president, while The New York Times and CBS News journalists won an award for deadline coverage. The prize for coverage of issues of national significance went to Reuters and a partnership between the Center for Public Integrity and ABC.

And in honor of their centennial, the WHCA gave a special President's Award to National Journal's White House correspondent, George Condon Jr.

And then the President himself took the stage for some comic relief, riffing on everything from his presidency to cable news to current events to his fellow politicians.

"House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time then they give me. Which means orange really is the new black."

Joel McHale, of "The Soup" and "Community" fame, followed the president as the evening's entertainment, and got in a few good jabs at the President's botched healthcare.gov rollout.

"Look, I don't even have an analogy because the website is now what other people use to describe other bad things. ... 'Boy, that latest Johnny Depp movie Healthcare.gov'd at the box office.'"

Proceeds from this year's event went to the WHCA's scholarship fund for journalism students.
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