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Obama Takes Shots at 2012 GOP Hopefuls

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images (file)(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama entertained the Gridiron Club at their annual dinner in the nation’s capital Saturday night.

Every president since Grover Cleveland has attended a Gridiron gala, and this was Obama’s first appearance at the dinner as president.

The event, attended by 650, was held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington.

The 126-year-old journalistic organization had arranged a program of their usual satirical song-and-dance numbers, including “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore adapted for Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Obama cracked some jokes at political rivals, notably Mississippi Governor -- and likely 2012 presidential candidate -- Haley Barbour:

“Haley Barbour is here," the president said. "And I want to thank him for working with Michelle on the 'Let’s Move' campaign.  I do have one thing to clear up, though, Haley.  You know, when Michelle said, you need to run, she didn’t mean for president."

The president then turned to another likely presidential hopeful, Tim Pawlenty, who was not in attendence.

"He’s hard on the campaign trail," Obama said. "To be honest, I think the American people are going to have some tough questions for Tim -- specifically, who are you? And where did you come from?

"Which is okay," Obama said. "Two years into my presidency and I'm still getting those questions."

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