President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

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BY LYNETTE HOLLOWAY
THE ROOT

President Barack Obama speaks as his translator, played by Keegan-Michael Key, gestures at the White House Correspondent’s Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 25.(PHOTOS BY OLIVIER DOULERY/ABACA PRESS/TNS)
President Barack Obama speaks as his translator, played by Keegan-Michael Key, gestures at the White House Correspondent’s Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 25.
(PHOTOS BY OLIVIER DOULERY/ABACA PRESS/TNS)

President Obama may have gotten big laughs on April 25 at the 89th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but first lady Michelle Obama stole the show in a shimmering silver gown and ringlets of curls.

The president dished out one-liners about everything from 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent media woes to his bromance with Joe Biden to climate deniers.

“For many Americans, this is still a time of deep uncertainty. I have one friend, just weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year, and she’s now living out of a van in Iowa,” he joked about Clinton’s campaign tour bus, fondly called the “Scooby Van” by the press.

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Mocking his friendship with Biden, he said: “The fact is I feel more loose and relaxed than ever. Those Joe Biden shoulder massages are like magic.”

And to maintain his, um, diplomacy, while addressing climate deniers, he brought along a translator Luther, played by Keegan-Michael Key of comedic duo Key & Peele, to express his anger in a hilarious bit.

The first lady brought what People magazine described as a “retro flavor” to the event, which in 2009 became known as the Nerd Prom because the crowd is comprised of a bunch of politicians and journalists.

Known for her singular style, the first lady did not disappoint, donning a glittery silver Zac Posen gown, doorknocker earrings and ringlets of curls.

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