President Barack Obama had a ready excuse for anyone who didn't think he was funny enough at Saturday night's Gridiron dinner in Washington: "My joke writers have been placed on furlough."
Always a target for humorous barbs, the president tossed out a few of his own during the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, an annual event that features political leaders, journalists and media executives poking fun at each other.
The sequester that struck the federal budget this month drew another observation from Obama: "Of course, there's one thing in Washington that didn't get cut--the length of this dinner. yet more proof that the sequester makes no sense."
The ambitions of 70 year-old Vice-President Joe Biden? "Just the other day, I had to take Joe aside and say, 'Joe, you are way too young to be the pope. You can't do it. You got to mature a little bit.'"
During a pause in his remarks, Obama took a long, slow sip of water and then said, "That, Marco Rubio is how you take a sip of water."
Rubio had received some unwanted publicity recently when he drank from a water bottle while giving the Republican response to the State of the Union address.