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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mr. President, This No Ordinary Dinner

Stars, jokes, and more jokes was the order of the evening at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner as a laundry list of A-list of actresses and actors filled the Washington Hilton, as did jokes by President Obama.

Obama poked fun about his approval ratings, Arizona's 'No I.D. Should Be Left Behind' law (Our words. You read it here first), and Goldman Sachs. 

He started the evening spoofing about a conversation he had with Vice President Biden regarding whether or not he should attend.  

"And, so I wasn’t sure that I should actually come tonight. Biden talked me into it. He leaned over and he said, "Mr. President this is no ordinary dinner. This is a big (beep) meal", referring to Biden's comments after the Health Care Reform bill was passed earlier this year.

He even poked fun a Republican Chairman Michael Steele, calling him the Notorious G.O.P., likening his name to that of late rapper, the Notorious B.I.G.

"Michael, who knows what truly plagues America today -- taxation without representin'".  Obama, showing his street cred, called Steele, "My brother".

"I did a similar routine last year, but it always works", joked Obama.

Watch the video below.

Jay Leno was the evening's 'other' entertainment, and was not spared the wrath of the president.  "Though I am glad that the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year is here tonight -- great to see you, Jay. I'm also glad that I'm speaking first, because we've all seen what happens when somebody takes the time slot after Leno's." Watch Leno respond here.

View our red carpet photo gallery here.

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