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Obama takes humorous jabs at White House Correspondents' dinner

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WASHINGTON -
Little was sacred when President Barack Obama handed out playful but pointed jabs before a hotel ballroom full of politicians, journalists and media celebrities - not even his own health care plan.
    
The annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association has become an annual tradition in the nation's capital, promising a black-tie evening of humor and celebrity gazing. The dinner attracts an array of journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities as it raises money for college scholarships.
    
In a crack about the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov website, Obama said: "In 2008 my slogan was 'Yes we can.' In 2013 my slogan was 'Control-alt-delete."
    
Obama said that the health care website launch became one of the year's biggest movies. On a video screen flashed the poster for the movie "Frozen."
    
The correspondents' dinner has often come at key moments of Obama's presidency. In 2011, Obama showed up the day before special operations troops killed Osama bin Laden. Last year's dinner came nearly two weeks after the deadly Boston Marathon.
    
This time, the U.S. and Europe are anxiously watching Ukraine and Russia's role in the turbulence in the eastern region of the former Soviet state.
    
The correspondents' association, which represents the White House press corps, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
    
Journalists were honored by the WHCA for their coverage of the presidency and national issues:
    
-Glenn Thrush of Politico and Brianna Keilar of CNN won the Aldo Beckman Award, which recognizes excellence in the coverage of the presidency.
    
-Peter Baker of The New York Times and Peter Maer of CBS News won the Merriman Smith Award for deadline coverage.
    
-Megan Twohey of Reuters and a partnership between The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby and ABC News' Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross won the Edgar A. Poe Award for coverage of issues of national significance.
    
-George E. Condon Jr. of National Journal received the first President's Award for exceptional service to the organization.

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