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Pence jokes with 'enemy of the people' at Gridiron Dinner

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/5/2017 By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump has declared that the media is the "enemy of the people" but his administration was was willing to joke around with reporters - and poke fun at itself - in a venerable Washington tradition on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Pence was the featured speaker at the 132nd annual Gridiron Dinner, a comical white tie dinner featuring skits, songs and speeches. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump has declared that the media is the "enemy of the people" but his administration was was willing to joke around with reporters - and poke fun at itself - in a venerable Washington tradition on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Pence was the featured speaker at the 132nd annual Gridiron Dinner, a comical white tie dinner featuring skits, songs and speeches. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared that the media are the "enemy of the people," but his administration is willing to joke around with reporters — and poke fun at itself — in a venerable Washington tradition.

Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker Saturday night at the 132nd annual Gridiron Dinner, a comedic white-tie affair featuring skits, songs and speeches. He called the dinner "a light-hearted respite" from bruising beltway politics and dished out a number of jokes, including a dig at the Best Picture snafu at least week's Academy Awards.

Pence said: "We haven't seen that many shocked Hollywood liberals since Nov. 8th," recalling Trump's upset Election Day victory.

Trump did not attend the dinner, instead spending the weekend at his coastal Florida estate.

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