The Wall Street Journal: Obama gets ‘West Wing’ assistance in run-up to final correspondents dinner

C.J. Cregg, the White House press secretary for the fictional Jed Bartlet presidential administration, surprised the real-life White House press corps on Friday by taking the podium at the start of the daily briefing.

Obama ‘intends to be funny — very funny.’

Allison Janney, reprising her ‘West Wing’ character C.J. Cregg

Many celebrities and entertainers are in Washington this weekend for the White House Correspondents Dinner, an annual gala that attracts a combination of celebrities and Washington insiders.

Allison Janney, the actress who played Cregg on the NBC drama “The West Wing,” came out and began the daily briefing in character as the fictional press secretary.

Obama’s best lines at past White House correspondents dinners

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Over the past seven years, President Obama has poked fun at the press, himself and Washington insiders during his speeches at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Here is a look back at some of his best quips. Photo: Getty

Flashback to 2014: Obama in funnyman-in-chief role

She said the president was still working on his jokes for the correspondents dinner Saturday night. She said she didn’t have any details, other than that “he intends to be funny — very funny.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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