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Faces & Names: Obama skewers media, politics

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Dozens of Hollywood’s stars may have been in attendance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but in a surprising, sharp switch from years past the biggest targets of President Barack Obama and host Joel McHale jokes were media and politics, rather than Hollywood.

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A hilarious video featuring Vice President Joe Biden picking up another vice president in a yellow sports car — Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer from HBO’s “Veep” — provided lots of laughs and an intro for Obama.

Obama’s biggest laughs came from two lines that had nothing to do with Hollywood.

“Just last month in a wonderful story an American won the Boston marathon for the first time in 30 years … which was inspiring and fair since a Kenyan has been president the last six,” said Obama at one point.

At another point Obama referred to House Speaker John Boehner’s difficulty in pleasing fellow Republicans.

“I’m feeling sorry for the Speaker of the House. These days the House Republicans give John Boehner a harder time than they give me,” he said. “Which means orange really is the new black.”

Obama also targeted Fox News.

“You will miss me when I’m gone. It is going to be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was brought up in Kenya,” he said.

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