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Obama's Top 10 one-liners from correspondents' dinner

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Obama's Top 10 one-liners from correspondents' dinner

President riffs on opponents, audience, himself at awards gala

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No man, woman or dog was safe from barbs at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington.

Hosted by late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, press covering politics gathered to honor the best in political journalism while also listening to President Obama riff on his opponents and himself.

Here are some of the best one-liners delivered at the star-studded gala.

On his birth certificate

"My name is Barack Obama. My mother was born in Kansas. My father was born in Kenya. And I was born, of course, in Hawaii."

On Hillary Clinton

"Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won't stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena."

On Mitt Romney

"It's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper."

On the media

"The White House Correspondents' Dinner is known as the prom of Washington D.C. — a term coined by political reporters who clearly never had the chance to go to an actual prom."

On Kimmel

"Jimmy got his start years ago on The Man Show. In Washington, that's what we call a congressional hearing on contraception."

On dogs (and Sarah Palin)

"What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious."

"My stepfather always told me, it's a boy-eat-dog world out there."

On the Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum

"We also both have degrees from Harvard; I have one, (Romney) has two. What a snob."

"Now, I know at this point many of you are expecting me to go after my likely opponent, Newt Gingrich. Newt, there's still time, man."

On winning a second term

"In my first term, we repealed the policy known as 'don't ask, don't tell;' ... in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it's raining men."

On the Secret Service

"I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew."

On hot mikes

"What am I doing here," he asks off stage, according to The Associated Press. "I'm opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian."

On the serious side of the evening, the WHCA doled out awards to ABC'S Jake Tapper, The Washington Post's Scott Wilson, Politico and The Associated Press.

The dinner also handed out awards and $132,000 worth of scholarships, the Los Angeles Times reported.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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