Sunday, March 10, 2013

President Obama at elite Gridiron Club jokes about sequester, Biden, Rubio

By Amy Argetsinger , WashPost, Updated: March 9, 2013

Is it possible he’s beginning to like these dinners? President Obama — who dismayed the Beltway elite by shunning most of this town’s stuffed-shirt banquets during his first term — dutifully suited up in white tie and lobbed jokes at the annual Gridiron Club dinner Saturday night.

“Of course, as I begin my second term, our country is still facing enormous challenges,” the president told the gathering — and then paused for a long sip of water.

“That, Marco Rubio, is how you take a sip of water.”

So goes the formula for humor for Gridiron Club dinner humor: Jokes so geared to political insiders they’d flop on “Letterman” and so of-the-moment they’ll make no sense to us a year from now. But when delivered to a closed-door gathering of top-of-the-pack journalists by the leader of the free world or the folks who aspire to his job — Bobby Jindal and Amy Klobuchar, more on them later — they get a big laugh. (**Read full text of Obama’s speech at The Fix.)

Regarding sequester: “Because of sequester, they cut my tails. My joke writers have been placed on furlough…there is one thing in Washington that didn’t get cut: The length of this dinner. Yet more proof that the sequester makes no sense.”

(More here.)

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