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TODAY   |  April 29, 2013

Obama makes birther jokes at correspondents’ dinner

On a night when Washington, the media, and Hollywood collide, President Obama didn’t hold back, making jokes about a makeover, the GOP’s minority outreach, and birthers. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> very much. back to business in washington this morning following some fun this weekend at the white house correspondent's dinner. peter alexander was there. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. this is a unique weekend where entertainment, politics, news, the worlds all meet together and right out of the gates is the president who will let his hair down as you will see. at the dinner there was a different vibe.

>> thank you! thank you, everyone. how do you like my new entrance music ? rush limbaugh warned you about this. weekend term, baby.

>> on the night where washington and hollywood collide -- president obama didn't hold back.

>> i look in the mirror and i have to admit i am not the strapping young muslim socialist i used to be.

>> the success suggested a makeover.

>> second term, i need a burst of new energy and try new things and my team and i talked about it and we were willing to try anything. we borrowed one of michelle's tricks. par par pa r are pa pa ich hoor are are are .

>> i'm here to work on the plans for the obama library.

>> sharing the stage, conan o'brien.

>> i'm excited to announce the turner broadcasting will make a mini series 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. speaker of the house john boehner will be played by tan mom! secretary of state john kerry will be played by an easter island head .

>> obviously the challenge every year is to strike the right tone especially this year. both the president and conan paid tribute to the strength of people in west texas and boston. as for boston, conan o'brien is a proud native. he said if you mess with the city, you shouldn't pick where nine out of ten people are related to a cop.

>> thanks very much at the white house this morning. you guys went and had fun?

>> we had a good time. the president's timing was pretty spot on.

>> he is pretty good at that.

>> both of them. it's often one is funny and one is not. both were funny and it was a late night for us. none of us can stay up past 8:00.

>> the after party and all of that.

>> it was at the italian embassy. they gave out free fiats.

>> i stayed up until 2:30 in the morning and how much my feet hurt at the end of the night. yes, i did.

>> live at a los angeles courthouse where opening arguments in