Bush Strikes Chord at Scribes Dinner

Prez pokes fun at his final White House correspondents gala
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Bush did a star turn at his final White House correspondents dinner—showing video snippets of previous appearances and grabbing a baton to conduct the Marine Corps Band in Stars & Stripes Forever. Correspondents were way down the pecking order behind celebrities like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Martha Stewart, and Jenny McCarthy at the annual lovefest between the White House and journalists, reports Variety.

"Senator McCain's not here. He probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit," Bush quipped. "He's not alone. Jenna's moving out, too." The president couldn't resist a couple of digs at recent Democratic campaign potholes, explaining that Hillary Clinton couldn't get into the building "because of sniper fire," while Barack Obama was "at church."