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Kendall Jenner 'starstruck' after meeting President despite his pop at the Kardashians

Model Kendall Jenner arrives for the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Model Kendall Jenner arrives for the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
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Kendall Jenner was starstruck for the first time after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The model attended the event on Saturday, affectionately called Nerd Prom, which was the final dinner to be hosted by Obama at the White House before his presidential tenure is up.

The 20-year-old, who stunned on the red carpet in a low-cut Vivienne Westwood black dress, shook hands with Obama and revealed that he had a favour to ask of her. "He was like, 'Say hi to Kim and Kanye,'" she told People.com.

"I was like 'Okay.'"

Model Kendall Jenner attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Model Kendall Jenner attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Confessing that she was starstruck for the first time when she met him, Kendall also said that her mother, matriarch and 'momager' Kris Jenner, was very proud of her.

"She's already Instagrammed it," she added.

"I know she's proud. She's all over it."

Despite the friendly conversation Kendall and Obama had upon meeting, the president seemingly had a joke at the model's expense during his speech.

"Kendall Jenner is also here. We had a chance to meet her backstage and she seems like a very nice young woman," he said.

"I'm not exactly sure what she does but I am told that my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof."

Meanwhile, Obama described being greeted by Prince George in his pyjamas as a "slap in the face" during his last speech as US President at the star-studded White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Mr Obama was in an ebullient mood during the dinner and drew laughs from the ballroom filled with journalists, politicians and celebrities, saying: "Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face."

It was Mr Obama's eighth appearance at the event and his last as president.

He said: "If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year."

President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Prince George at Kensington Palace. Photo: Pete de Souza
President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Prince George at Kensington Palace. Photo: Pete de Souza

"Earn me some serious Tubmans," he added, in reference to African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman who it was announced last month would become the first black person to appear on US currency.

Mr Obama continued: "Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific."

And he acknowledged that the years had taken their toll. "I'm grey, grizzled ... counting down the days to my death panel."

But he pointed out that his approval ratings are up. "The last time I was this high I was trying to decide on my major," he said.

President Barack Obama waves to the audience after speaking at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama waves to the audience after speaking at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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