WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is shifting from consoler to comic for his appearance before a mix of politicians, celebrities and journalists at Washington's premier black-tie dinner.
The dinner comes a day after Obama traveled to Alabama to meet with residents affected by the deadliest tornado outbreak in 40 years.
Some of the president's most prominent would-be rivals are in attendance the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner, including Donald Trump, who had challenged the president to produce his complete birth certificate -- which he eventually did.
Newt Gingrich, another considering a presidential run in 2012, also is among the guests. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Obama confidant and Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel were among those milling in the foyer with figures from the entertainment world such as TV personalities Joan Rivers and Paula Abdul.
Some 3,000 people were expected to attend.