TODAY   |  April 28, 2013

Bangs for Obama at Correspondents’ Dinner

“We were willing to try anything so we borrowed one of Michelle’s tricks,” said President Barack Obama at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He showed the crowd photos of him and first lady Michelle Obama with matching bangs.

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>>> we want to turn now to the white house correspondents ' dinner last night.

>> it's a chance for washington and for the journalists who cover the city to break bread together and poke a little bit of fun at one another. president obama embraced his role as comedian-in-chief. nbc 's peter alexander was there along for the laughs, and we all made it into work, peter, which is a good thing.

>> reporter: i feel like i saw you a couple of hours ago. you talked about the politicians, journalists, celebrities -- bradley cooper , katy perry . they call it the nerd prom , but it's highlighted by the comedic appearances -- this time between the president and late-night host conan o'brien, where nothing is off-limits, not to politicians, the pundits, or even the president himself.

>> it's like two different zoos get together, you know? hollywood zoo and d.c. zoo?

>> president obama . that's my man.

>> thank you everybody. how you like my new entrance music ? rush limbaugh warned you about this. second term, baby. [ applause ]

>> tonight, i'm excited to announce that turner broadcasting is going to make a major television miniseries about the big power players here in washington. vice president joe biden is going to be played by bob barker . paul ryan will be played by mr. bean. [ laughter ] secretary of state john kerry will be played by an easter island head .

>> these days i look in the mirror, and i have to admit i'm not the strapping young muslim socialist that i used to be. [ laughter ] i understand second term, need a burst of new energy, try some new things. and my team and i talked about it. we're willing to try anything. so we borrowed one of michelle's tricks. [ laughter ] and i went to the opening of the bush presidential library in dallas. it was a wonderful event. and that inspired me to get started on my own legacy, which will actually begin by building another edifice right next to the bush library. can we show that, please? i go out on the basketball court , took 22 shots, made two of them! [ laughter ] that's right. two hits, 20 misses. the executives at nbc asked, "what's your secret?" [ laughter ]

>> reporter: yeah, so even nbc wasn't off-limits last night. you know, there were some serious moments, erica and lester, as well. most specifically when the president and conan o'brien paid tributes to the boston bombing. but even for conan o'brien, a proud boston native, there was a proud punch line, where he said, if you pick on a city, you shouldn't pick one where nine out of ten are related to a cop.

>> and it was excellent advice, and that did get a