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April 29th, 2013
09:29 AM ET

W.H. Correspondents' Dinner through the eyes of attendees – Burson-Marsteller's Don Baer weighs in

On Saturday, the stars of Washington and Hollywood gathered to roast themselves, raise money and award excellence in journalism at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. TBS late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien and President Obama hit it out of the park with continuous zingers.

One of the attendees was Don Baer, a fmr. senior advisor to President Clinton, who shares his behind-the-scenes look of the highlights of the dinner.

Baer, who currently serves as the CEO of Burson-Marsteller, says the room “loved the President's remarks and they loved Conan’s remarks.”

“One of the things about the President I've noticed...he has great comic timing in terms of his delivery. I think Conan maybe should watch out, because perhaps when the President is done in the White House, he might become a late night television host,” Baer says.

Baer also weighs in on whether President Obama's remarks were too close to comfort.

“I don't think so," Baer says. "There's so much attention and focus paid on the divisiveness in Washington...this is a moment when people come together and are able to appreciate one another in a social setting.”

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