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Posted on: Monday, May 10, 2010

Live, from New York, it's Betty White

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"Saturday Night Live" regular Kristen Wiig, left, and Betty White did promotional videos last week for White's gig.

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Betty White demonstrated how it's done as host of "Saturday Night Live."

With her six decades in comedy, she's a consummate pro at age 88 sweet, sassy, salty, charming and clearly game for anything.

Billed by NBC as a special Mother's Day edition, the show had a definitely feminine tone and was a reunion of sorts for "SNL" alumnae, bringing back such former regulars as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. (Jay-Z was musical guest.)

But White was the queen bee, appearing in nearly every bit throughout the 90-minute span.

OBAMA URGES COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

President Obama, addressing graduates at Virginia's historically black Hampton University yesterday, said it is the responsibility of all Americans to offer every child the type of education that will make them competitive in an economy in which just a high school diploma is no longer enough.

Obama told the nearly 1,100 graduates assembled in the university's sun-splashed Armstrong Stadium that they have the added responsibility of being role models and mentors in their communities.

Clad in a blue gown, Obama noted the university's humble beginning in September 1861 as a school for escaped slaves who sought asylum after fleeing nearby plantations in the Confederate South. Obama said the founders recognized that, with the right education, such barriers as inequality would not persist for long.

'IRON MAN 2' OUTDOES ITS PREDECESSOR

Tony Stark piloted to the top of the box office.

"Iron Man 2," the sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. as Marvel's gadget-happy billionaire superhero, earned $133.6 million domestically on its opening weekend, according to yesterday's estimate by distributor Paramount Pictures. The opening rocketed past the original's $98.6 million debut in 2008 and landed the record as the fifth-biggest opening weekend.

"Iron Man 2" has taken in $194 million overseas since it debuted in many international markets last week, bringing its worldwide total to more than $327 million.

The previous weekend's No. 1 movie, the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," fell to No. 2 with $9.1 million.

POST-SURGICAL CLEMONS BACK ON SAX

The Big Man is back.

E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who rose from a wheelchair to perform at the 2009 Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen after a double knee replacement, is taking the stage though still recovering from major spinal surgery in January.

The stage "always feels like home. It's where I belong," Clemons, a former youth counselor, said after performing Saturday night at a Hard Rock Cafe benefit for Home Safe, a children's charity.

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