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'Nerd prom' recognizes journalists who died in the field

Sunday - 4/29/2012, 12:27pm  ET

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Ann Curry was one of many well-known journalists, celebrities and politicians at Saturday night's dinner. (WTOP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Not much was off-limits for President Barack Obama's scattershot humor at the celebrity studded White House Correspondents Dinner.

This year's primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, even the Secret Service and Donald Trump were among the targets for presidential barbs.

Even the entrance to his speech was part of his schtick. The president walked off stage just before he took the podium with an alleged "hot mic," making fun of getting caught last month on an open microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"What am I doing here," he asks off stage. "I'm opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian."

But Obama touched on serious themes as well, remembering The New York Times' Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London who died while covering the uprising in Syria.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)