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The Lighter Side Of Dinner With The President

Last night in the nation's capital, the president shared a lighter moment with the press corps. He broke bread and cracked jokes at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner. Host Liane Hansen recaps the highlights of this year's event, which featured Jay Leno as its host.


As we just heard from Scott Horsley, last night in the nation's capitol, the president shared a lighter moment with the press corps. He broke bread and cracked jokes at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

It's a time-honored tradition and Mr. Obama said he wasn't sure he should attend, but the vice president encouraged him.

President BARACK OBAMA: Biden talked me into it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

President OBAMA: He leaned over and he said, Mr. President...

(Soundbite of laughter)

President OBAMA: ...this is no ordinary dinner. This is a big (BEEP) meal.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: In a hotel ballroom packed with journalists, politicians and celebrities, the president gave a shout out on behalf of his daughters to the tween heartthrobs the Jonas Brothers.

President OBAMA: Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don't get any ideas.

(Soundbite of laughter)

President OBAMA: I have two words for you: Predator drones.

(Soundbite of laughter)

President OBAMA: You will never see it coming.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: The president's routine was an opening act for the event's headline comic, Jay Leno of "The Tonight Show."

Mr. JAY LENO (Host, The Tonight Show): Sometimes the press can be one-sided. As you mentioned, all during the election they would ask things like, is Obama black enough, is Obama too black? It's never the other way around. Is John Boehner orange enough?

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: Before the night was over, the president got in a jab at Wall Street.

President OBAMA: By the way, all of the jokes here tonight are brought to you by our friends at Goldman Sachs.

(Soundbite of laughter)

President OBAMA: So you don't have to worry. They make money whether you laugh or not.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: The comic stylings of President Barack Obama, last night at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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