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Obama yuks it up with Washington reporters

Published on May 4, 2014 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama cracked jokes about the government's disastrous health care policy rollout and mocked political opponents at the White House Correspondents' Dinner late Saturday.

The annual event, known informally as the "nerd prom", brings Washington's top journalists together with a clatch of celebrities and power brokers for a dinner with the president and first lady.

The night was full of insider jokes and sharp jabs veiled in humour by Mr Obama and the featured speaker, comedian Joel McHale.

"In 2008, my slogan was 'Yes We Can.' In 2013, my slogan was Control+Alt+Delete," the president joked, a reference to the technical problems on healthcare.gov, the website created for his signature health care overhaul.

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