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The White House Correspondents' Dinner

The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner was just held just on Sunday (May 2nd). The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President. It was founded in 1914 by journalists in response to an unfounded rumor that a Congressional committee would select which journalists could attend press conferences of President Woodrow Wilson. The WHCA's annual dinner, begun in 1920, has become a Washington, D.C. tradition and is usually attended by the President and Vice President. Thirteen presidents have attended a WHCA dinner, beginning with Calvin Coolidge in 1924. The dinner is traditionally held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton.

Prior to World War II, the annual dinner featured singing between courses, a homemade movie and an hour-long, post-dinner show with well-known celebrities. In recent years the featured speaker has often been a comedian, with the dinner taking on the form of a roast, especially of the President. This year the dinner was hosted by Jay Leno.

If you want to watch the full video of President Obama's remarks at the dinner, you can follow this link. Below I've embeded a Youtube video of some of the President's remarks at this year's dinner, and some of Jay Leno's response.

Tags: barack obama, white house correspondents dinner

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