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Barack Obama plays 'Daniel Day-Lewis' in hilarious Spielberg movie spoof

President Barack Obama poked fun at the media, his political opponents and himself during a speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, joking he was “not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be”.

He even pretended he was Wicklow's own Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in a hilarious spoof made by Steven Spielberg.

The video sketch was made for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, at which President Obama made several jokes at his own expense.

It starts with Steven Spielberg revealing that he has decided to get on with making an Obama biopic, as a sequel to "Lincoln" because the current president, "is already a lame duck, so why wait?"

We then see who has been cast as the president, namely Barack Obama playing Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis, playing Barack Obama.

The jokes come thick and fast, and there is even a guest appearance from Saturday Night Live comedian Tracy Morgan, who stars as "Joe Biden".

Speaking before the annual black-tie gathering of politicians, journalists and celebrities on Saturday night, Mr Obama mocked Republican soul searching on how to reach out to minority voters in the wake of the party’s defeat in last year’s elections.

“Call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with,” said America’s first-black president as he pointed to himself and urged his political opponents to “think of me as a trial run”.

But he pledged to continue his own “charm offensive” with Republican legislators, promising that he would attend “a book-burning” with Michelle Bachmann, the ultra-conservative congresswoman who in the past has warned of Islamist infiltration of the US government.

He rejected criticism that he had not made enough effort to win over key Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, the party’s Senate leader who has helped thwart White House plans for gun control and deficit reduction.

The President also found time to lampoon his own allies, including the liberal network MSNBC, which provided overwhelmingly favourable coverage of his re-election campaign and recently hired David Axelrod, his key election strategist.

“David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod,” he said.

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He also pushed back against Left-wing critics, suggesting that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wanted to him live out “an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy”.

Joking about his own well-known drug use at university, Mr Obama said he could remember when “BuzzFeed”, a fashionable new political website, “was just something I did in college around 2am”.

Mr Obama also joked about his plans for a radical second term, and said he had considered taking tips from his wife to freshen up his appearance and give him "a burst of new energy".

To the delight of the audience, he showed a photo montage of himself with a fringe just like the First Lady's.

"I thought this looked pretty good but no bounce," he said.

Saturday night's banquet, which was held not far from the White House, was headlined by late night talk show host Conan O'Brien.

As is traditional, the president closed with more sombre remarks about the Boston Marathon bombings, praising the Boston Globe for “making sense of events that might at first blush seem beyond our comprehension”.

He also urged business leaders, politicians and journalists to follow the example of America’s first responders “who raced to help when hardship hits”.

“These men and women should inspire all of us in this room to live up to those same standards; to be worthy of their trust; to do our jobs with the same fidelity, and the same integrity, and the same sense of purpose, and the same love of country,” he said.

“Because if we’re only focused on profits or ratings or polls, then we’re contributing to the cynicism that so many people feel right now.”

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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