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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 2, 2010

Obama, Leno trade jokes at press dinner

Advertiser Staff

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Jay Leno poked fun at President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE | Associated Press

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Stevie Wonder

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President Obama shared some words of wisdom in Washington last night, saying there are few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love.

"Well, love and a birth certificate," Obama quipped at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, poking fun at those who question his place of birth. "I happen to know that my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth." Obama was born in Hawai'i, but birthers question whether he was born overseas.

Obama also jabbed at Jay Leno, the comedian headlining the dinner. Obama dinged Leno as "the only person whose ratings fell more than mine."

The White House Correspondents' Association was formed in 1914 as a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the dinner.


Stevie Wonder was performing on an electronic keyboard and harmonica before a crowd of about 700 as he and Bill Cosby and Cosby's wife, Camille, were awarded honorary doctorates at Oberlin College in northeast Ohio.

Motown great Wonder said: "It is exciting to be at this college, the first northern college to accept African-Americans."

The school with a history of tolerance and activism first accepted black students in the 1830s.

Earlier Friday, Wonder had performed with Oberlin musicians for local school children. Cosby also gave a performance on campus.


Police were called to the Nashville, Tenn., home of country musician John Rich when neighbors complained about the noise from a night video shoot that used fireworks and a helicopter.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford told The Tennessean that officers went to Rich's home twice after neighbors reported a raucous party.

Mumford said there were no citations issued but Rich's security crew was asked to keep the noise down.

Rich's neighbors have complained before about the large, ultramodern home the singer calls Mount Richmore.

The newspaper reports that a sign on his gate warns people to keep out and adds, "Violators may be shot. Protected by the 2nd Amendment."


A sequel to "The Dark Knight" will swoop into theaters in 2012.

Warner Bros. scheduled July 20, 2012, as the release date for the next installment of the Batman film franchise.

— Advertiser News Services