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DADT, GOP among Obama’s targets at White House Correspondents Dinner

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President Obama made jokes -- but also struck a serious note -- at the White House Correspondent's Dinner/Source: The White House

Saturday, April 28 saw the occasion of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, at which President Obama opened the festivities with a humorous stand-up routine that left few of his opponents unscathed.

The Boston Globe reports that the President also made fun of himself, as well as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (who he accused of “drunk texting him from Cartagena,” in reference to a recent photo of Clinton dancing, beer-in-hand, while in Colombia with the president for the Summit of the Americas).

Purportedly, Obama even joked about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – saying that he would replace the ban against LGBT service members with “It’s Raining Men.”

Among the president’s other targets were his presumed rival for the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, and the Republican members of congress (who Obama thanked “for taking time from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws” to attend the evening’s event). However, the president also touched on more serious matters, as he encouraged audience members to remember two great journalists — Anthony Shadid of the New York Times and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London — both of whom died while in Syria covering recent uprisings.

President Obama’s remarks were followed by comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s headliner performance. Proceeds from the evening’s dinner will go to journalistic scholarships and awards.

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