Barack Obama tickles audience at White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Obama also offered some advice to Republicans focusing on outreach to minority voters following their defeat last year in the race for the White House.

"Call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they can start with," he said, motioning toward himself. "Think of me as a trial run, see how it goes." Obama also brought out a video clip of Steven Spielberg introducing his (fake) new film "Obama," featuring Obama spoofing Daniel Day-Lewis.

The media was also included in his standup routine. The History Channel, whose depiction of Satan in its TV miniseries "The Bible" left viewers claiming that it resembled the president, wasn't in attendance, likely because of that incident, Obama said.

"Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up – they actually thought the comparison was not fair to Satan," he joked. To CNN, he said he admired the "commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate," while he commended the "nice change of pace" at MSNBC. The network now has his former political adviser David Axelrod working for them, whereas "MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod."

But Obama also took a more serious tone as he paid tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion at the West, Texas fertiliser plant.

"These have been some hard days for too many of our citizens," he said.

"As we gather here tonight, our thoughts are not far from the people of Boston, the people of West, Texas, and the families in the Midwest who are coping with some terrible floods. So we've had some difficult days."

Yet through the efforts of first and all those who helped those during their time of need, "even when the days seem darkest, we have seen humanity shine at its brightest."

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