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Obama, McHale Bring Down The House At #WHCD

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.

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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Wilhelmina May 04 2014 at 12:55 PM

President Obama was on the mark! Great job. In the years ahead, historians who are true to their craft, will note his achievements as heroic in view of the vicious attacks based on his race.

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dhartson Wilhelmina May 04 2014 at 12:57 PM

Great Job? name one thing that has been great? Looks like you need a dose of Obamacare, that will fix ya!

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son1wgfp May 04 2014 at 1:29 PM

Wow….talk about patting yourself on the back and having others reinforce that 'goodness'… here we have the spin-doctors (call this set the pollticians - and their handlers), the spin-reporters (call this group- the news coverage elitist, entities - or the 'let’s not worry about the truth too much’, gang- of 'truth in a relativistic way'- bangers ), and the make-believers ( call this group the hollywood/talk show/ & broadway elitists), all getting together to rub shoulders, probably other body parts, and to just have some good old plain fun - joust jovially, and then we get to hear about it - while they basically chuckle through the night - what about the messes this country is in now - that none of them theroretically aren’t responsible for? Yeah no double negatives here …. except for the whole group … light on Hollywood you say - well, perhaps thats because most of that group is already - in the pocket …

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tnmac1980 May 04 2014 at 1:30 PM

change that never came....thank you mr president....and keep collecting your pay check while the majority of us are on welfare...

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lebcf tnmac1980 May 04 2014 at 1:48 PM

If the majority of people in your world are on welfare then I suggest you should be thanking the previous administration for that situation - you do know the cause of the current unemployment is the recession of 2007 and the loss of jobs during the Bush year - more jobs have been created in the last five years than in all of the eight years of Bush.

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joelknowlton lebcf May 04 2014 at 3:45 PM

Do tell what caused the recession if you can?

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crushed247daze May 04 2014 at 1:31 PM

Obama is not funny....He's the JOKE!

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stevebakerguitar May 04 2014 at 1:31 PM

They like me they really like me........

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blackbelt.ron stevebakerguitar May 04 2014 at 1:34 PM

No Obama, only your sheep "like you"...
America wants a leader and you fail.

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kcarthey blackbelt.ron May 04 2014 at 1:53 PM

No, Ron. Those who need a leader because they have this lemming like compulsion to follow want a leader. The rest of us want a President who perform a President's job well. We're quite satisfied

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thomashollman19 blackbelt.ron May 04 2014 at 2:06 PM


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rmjrburton May 04 2014 at 1:31 PM

Love the change. Bunch of lies and the most unhappy American Public in history. Keep pushing the spin.

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msuzye rmjrburton May 04 2014 at 1:47 PM

I guess you were asleep during Bush's eight years.

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joelknowlton msuzye May 04 2014 at 3:44 PM

Yes 4.5 unemployment and gas under $200 was just terrible but yes when the dems took over congress in 2006 midterms all went to hell as they crashed the economy

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joelknowlton msuzye May 04 2014 at 3:44 PM

gas under $2

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musomesa May 04 2014 at 1:33 PM

A lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth and nasty complaints that the jokes were, what shall we say, nasty.

As one B.K. would say, is it wrong that I am smiling?

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j.pr3 May 04 2014 at 1:34 PM

The BIGGEST JOKE of the night was Obama!!!!! But then he is just a BIG JOKE all the time and the biggest prank to be pulled on the citizens of the United States EVER!!!!

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jennie j.pr3 May 04 2014 at 2:34 PM


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crarob May 04 2014 at 1:36 PM

He uses this platform to attack a private citizen, in fact several, when he is scared to death of real threats. The Gutless Jerk-in-Chief. Sad, pathetic and rather stupid.

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obamaliedtous May 04 2014 at 1:36 PM

Someone needs to tell Obama he can tell a joke NOT be a joke.
But then, it's too late for that advice..

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