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30 April 2012updated 27 Sep 2015 5:35am

Video: Obama’s White House correspondent’s dinner speech

"I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the secret service home in time for their new

By New Statesman

Last night was the White House correspondent’s dinner, a big black-tie event at which presidents traditionally show a lighter side. President Barack Obama’s speech was a laugh a minute, with gags directed at Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Congress, and the secret service.

Nor was Obama exempt from the mockery. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel also gave a speech. “You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow?” He said. “That was hilarious.”

You can watch the full video of Obama’s speech here:


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