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President addresses annual White House correspondents dinner

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1. Wide of U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arriving and being greeted by Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley 2. Cutaway of people taking photos 3. Wide of Obama speaking with Curley 4. Cutaway of photographers 5. Wide of Obama walking to podium 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "I have to confess I really did not want to be here tonight, but I knew I had to come. Just one more problem that I've inherited from George W. Bush." 7. Wide of Obama speaking 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "Now Sasha and Malia aren't here tonight because they're grounded. You can't just take Air Force One on a joy ride to Manhattan; I don't care whose kids you are." 9. Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll and others in audience 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "Dick Cheney was supposed to be here but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, 'How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People.'" 11. Wide of Obama speaking 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "We had been rivals during the campaign, but these days we could not be closer; in fact, the second she got back from Mexico she pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss." 13. Cutaway of audience 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "All this change hasn't been easy; change never is. So I've cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House. He's warm, he's cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic; you just have to keep him on a tight leash. Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble but, enough about Joe Biden." 15. Wide of Obama speaking 16. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President: "Finally, I believe that my next hundred days will be so successful, I will be able to complete them in 72 days, and on the seventy-third day I will rest." 17. Cutaway of photographers 18. Wide of Obama walking away from podium, zoom in 19. Wide of audience applauding LIGHTHEARTED DINNER WITH OBAMA U.S. President Barack Obama mocked his own administration and gave playful digs at his critics and Republicans at a black-tie dinner on Saturday night attended by a mix of politicians, celebrities and journalists. The Republican party was a favourite target for Obama, speaking at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Former Vice President Dick Cheney couldn't make the dinner, Obama joked, because he was writing his memoir, "How to shoot friends and interrogate people." It was a reference to Cheney's support of harsh interrogation and his accidental shooting of a hunting companion. Obama playfully ribbed his frequent use of a teleprompter and Vice President Joe Biden's knack for speaking off the cuff. And about the Democratic party, he said his administration has helped in "bringing in fresh, young faces - like Arlen Specter." The 79-year-old Pennsylvania senator switched parties last month. Obama noted that he and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had been political rivals, but he assured the audience "these days, we could not be closer - in fact the second she got back from Mexico, she pulled me into a hug," the president said, playing off the threat of a spreading swine flu virus that has targeted Mexico the most. Obama also turned serious and talked of the financially struggling media industry, praising journalists for holding government officials accountable. "A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America," he said. The $200 -per-ticket dinner attracted plenty of VIPs from outside Washington DC. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/2e8d7492aa05b860012700c448af7813 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork