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President Obama on Friday night was the headliner at the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner -- the newly toned-down counterpart to the trashily excessive White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

Here is the video of Obama's routine. My favorite joke, by far: "I have to admit, though, it wasn’t easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought."

Don't get the joke? Read this.

Politico's Mike Allen recounts Obama's "top ten quips."

And JibJab unleashed its latest animated video, this one called He's Barack Obama:

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Do WaPo authors who drive major traffic to WaPo dot com websites always get kicked to the curb or is it only the ones who don't pray in the church of the savvy?

Thanks for calling bullhockey bullhockey. Amazing editors think that is not what people want.

Posted by: NeilSagan | June 22, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The link to Mike Allen doesn't seem to be correct:

Question 1:
When the president himself makes jokes about the press being in bed with him doesn't it really underline how hard it is to defend the notion that this is actually a bad thing?!

Question 2:
When is the next Froomkin Watch? Waiting for news here!!!

Posted by: oncebitten | June 22, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, what NeilSagan said, Dan.

I read of the lowdown, dirty WaPo action against you in a Greg Mitchell tweet last week but haven't been able to write until this morning.

Wherever you go, this reader will follow.

Posted by: paxr55 | June 22, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse


They're not even giving you a link on the home page.

It's bad judgement like this (i.e., not renewing you contract) that's driving the final nail into the print media's coffin.

Please let us all know your plans ASAP so we don't miss any columns.

Posted by: bmschumacher | June 22, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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