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Obama Jokes at Washington Annual Event

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President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, May 3, 2014, in Washington.

President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, May 3, 2014, in Washington.

The glitterati of Washington and Hollywood came together Saturday for the 100th annual White House Correspondents Association dinner.

President Barack Obama, as presidents traditionally do, attended the Washington event and delivered a string of jokes, some of them directed at his own administration.

Obama made fun of the troubled start of the government's health care website. The president said, "In 2008, my slogan was Yes, we can;' in 2013 my slogan was control, alt, delete."

The president joked about conservative Fox TV whose hosts and commentators have questioned Obama's citizenship. The joke included a reference to Hillary Clinton, who could run for president in 2016. Obama said, "Let's face it, Fox, you'll miss me when I'm gone. It'll be harder to convince the American public that Hillary was born in Kenya."

Joel McHale, the host of the E Network's The Soup and the star of the NBC-TV comedy Community, was the host for this year's dinner.

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o was among the Hollywood celebrities at the dinner.

Other guests included the cast of the ABC TV drama Scandal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator John McCain, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, ABC newscaster Diane Sawyer and MSNBC host Ronan Farrow.
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