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Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

The right-wing Texas governor is following Rahm Emanuel's lead, jokes POTUS

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Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

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President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Obama delivered some sharp one-liners worthy of a Daily Show monologue at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, poking fun at Joe Biden, John Boehner and Chris Christie, among other usual suspects.

Obama also took aim at Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Saturday, cracking up the room with a wry joke that referenced the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School being built on Chicago's North Side.

"Regardless of what happens [through 2016], I've run my last campaign and I'm beginning to think about my legacy. Some of you know Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced he's naming a high school after me in Chicago, which is extremely humbling," he said Saturday night, adding: "I was even more flattered to hear Rick Perry, who is here tonight, is doing the same thing in Texas."

Cue the punchline: An image of the new "Raging Socialist Preparatory School" and an announcement for a bake sale where "all proceeds will be divided equally."

"Thank you, Rick," joked Obama. "It means a lot to me."

In an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press the following morning, the Republican governor -- who launched a failed bid for president in 2012 -- criticized the president for a "one-size-fits-all" approach to problem-solving and ducked host David Gregory's question on whether he'll run again in 2016.

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