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President Obama brings the laughs at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner

President Barack Obama tells the jokes at the annual dinner Photo:

US President Barack Obama turned his hand to comedy at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Entering to the rap track All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled, he said "how do you like my new entrance music?".

He then quipped that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh "warned you about this, second term baby!"

Mr Obama then went on to joke about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to anti-Bush librarian, all with a new hairstyle like First Lady Michelle's

President Obama is seen with a fringe similar to that of his wife Michelle. Credit: APTN

The star-studded audience which included Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, and South Korean singer Psy was in a constant state of laughter as the president dropped lines such as:

"I'm also hard at work on plans for the Obama library and some have suggested we put it in my birthplace but... I'd rather keep it in the United States."

This was a pot shot at those who had attempted to render his presidency illegal by floating the notion that he was born outside the US.

Other gems included:

  • "You know that [casino tycoon] Sheldon Adelson spent $100m of his own money last year on negative ads. You've got to really dislike me to spend that kind of money... Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100m to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn't have taken it, but I'd have thought about it. Michelle would have taken it. You think I'm joking."
  • "My charm offensive has helped me learn some interesting things about what's going on in Congress. It turns out - absolutely nothing."
  • "I know CNN has taken some knocks lately but the fact is, I admire their commitment to covering all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate."

Comedian and talk-show host Conan O'Brien was the featured speaker, and also took the opportunity to poke fun at the president.

"If in 1995 you told me that in 2013 we'd have an African-American president, with a middle name Hussein, who was just re-elected to a second term in a sluggish economy, I would have said, 'Oh, he must have run against Mitt Romney".

Comedian Conan O'Brien takes to the stage Credit: APTN

The event was an opportunity for six journalists, including Associated Press White House Correspondent Julie Pace, to be honoured for their coverage of the presidency and national issues.