Making the president funny at White House correspondents dinner is serious work

April 25, 2015 3:03 AM

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Speaking recently at the exclusive Gridiron Club dinner that doubles as a bipartisan comedy roast, President Obama delivered a jab at a Republican and seemed particularly happy with it, then waited for the laughter to die down before quipping: "This lame-duck stuff is fun."

But seated a few feet away in the audience, Obama's speechwriters were far more tense.

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