Obama prepares for annual correspondents' dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to join journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

It's an evening of humor and celebrity-gazing that's become an annual tradition in the nation's capital.

To prepare for the event, Obama is spending the afternoon golfing at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, with three White House aides

Joel McHale, star of the NBC series "Community," is the dinner's featured entertainer.

The dinner often has come at key moments of Obama's presidency.

In 2011, Obama showed up the day before U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Last year's dinner came nearly two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings.

This year, the U.S. and Europe are anxiously assessing Russia's role in the turmoil in eastern Ukraine.

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