Barack Obama tickles audience at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Barack ObamaBarack Obama (AP)

Obama heaped praise not only on the emergency services but the journalists who covered the stories.

The gala dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, was first established in 1920 with the intent to increase communication between the president and the press. It was a men-only event until 1962, when President John F. Kennedy said he would not attend unless women were invited as well.

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