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Obamas outshine the stars as they host glitzy gala for White House correspondents

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Lady in red Michelle lit up proceedings at the annual gala in a beautiful off-the-shoulder gown that further cemeted her fashionable status
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She was at the event along with her husband, who had the audience in stitches during his speech as he made jokes about comedian Jay Leno
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Causing quite a stir at the dinner - attended by a host of celebrities - was Scarlett Johansson, who was accompanied by her twin brother, Hunter
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Another beauty making headlines was Kim Kardashian, who wowed in a monochrome number
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03 MAY 2010

It was a celebrity gathering so star-studded, it could have been Oscar night.

And heading up the very impressive guest list at the White House Correspondents' Association Gala, was, of course, American's most powerful couple, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

More than holding her own against screen beauties including Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Alba, the first lady was the undisputed belle of the ball.

She looked radiant in a full-length red Prabal Gurung off-the-shoulder gown teamed with beautiful jewels worthy of the striking dress.

Michelle was not the only one making a sartorial statement with her bold choice of colour. Other guests at the annual event including Jessica Simpson and Donatella Versace favoured block shades - Jessica choosing an on-trend yellow hue.

Their wardrobe choices aside, the blonde singer was very taken with Michelle. "She's such an incredible woman," Jessica said as she arrived at Saturday's gala. "Everything she does she exudes confidence. I'm really just here to celebrate her."

Another lovely lady getting a lot of attention on the night was Scarlett, who arrived on the arm of her twin brother, Hunter.

It was a fitting choice in the absence of the 25-year-old blonde's husband Ryan Reynolds. Hunter – three minutes younger than Scarlett – began working for Barack in June 2008 as his campaign organiser in Denver.

Once inside, brother and sister had the chance to mingle with stars from the silver screen including Bradley Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Alec Baldwin and Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davies, musicians Jon Bon Jovi, the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber as well as famous faces like Kim Kardashian.

Despite the presence of so many celebrities, the president was the real star of the show.

His speech had the 3000-strong audience in stitches as he poked fun at chat show host and comedian Jay Leno, who took to the stage after the president's address.

"It's been quite a year. Lots of ups, lots of downs – except for my approval ratings, which have just gone down," he quipped.

"I am glad that the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year is here tonight. Great to see you, Jay!"

"I'm also glad that I'm speaking first because we've all seen what happens when somebody takes the timeslot after Leno's," the dad-of-two joked in reference to Jay's controversial replacement of Conan O'Brien.

Hollywood heavyweights Morgan Freeman, Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas were also at the event.

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