Every year members of the Congressional press corps, lawmakers and invited guests gather for The Congressional Correspondents’ Awards Dinner. This year’s gathering marked the 67th year of the awards ceremony, and a few lawmakers took to the podium to jab at reporters, news organizations and their own colleagues.
Among the lawmakers in attendance were House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
“It took everything I had not to refer to Politico as the ‘worst media outlet in history,’” said Quayle, referring to his widely panned campaign ad, in which he referred to President Obama as “the worst president in history.” (For the joke, see video at around 52:40.)
“But I want you all to know my family holds no grudges. I’ve passed more bars than Mitt Romney stumping in Vegas,” joked Quayle, referring to the fact Romney doesn’t drink in fulfillment of his Mormon faith. “Tim Pawlenty could win the presidential election and serve two consecutive terms before anyone would notice,” said Quayle.
Quayle went on to tease that, regardless of who runs for president, his “mission,” in service to the American people, was to prove that “bad spelling is not genetic,” referring to his father’s famous misspelling of “potato.”
“So he misspelled potato? In the words of another vice president, ‘big F’ing deal.’”
Arguably, the highlight of the night was Weiner, who took the opportunity to mock his and House Speaker John Boehner’s names all at once. (Weiner begins at the 1:00:00 mark.)
“It is true it’s difficult having this name,” said Weiner. “It is simply, in my neighborhood, not easy to be named Anthony.”
But Weiner didn’t stop there, going on to list campaign slogans using a play on his name. “Vote for Weiner he’ll be frank; vote for Weiner he’s on a roll; vote for Weiner he’ll relish your vote,” he continued, with a nod to Hoyer.
After an “Aqua Buddha” joke, and a joke at former congressman William Jefferson’s (D-La.) expense, Weiner went after Boehner.
“Really like, who is Boehner fooling? What am I, like, Anthony WAY-ner?” Weiner said to laughs and applause. “I’m serious brother, just embrace it.”
Weiner was followed by Paul. “How to follow that crew, I don’t know,” said Paul, who started with a quip about the fact he lives with his father in Washington. That was followed by jokes on gold-based currency (how his father accepts his rent checks), his hair (“toupe or a tribble”), Al Franken (he refused to write jokes for Paul) and the health-care bill (Nancy Pelosi) . (Paul starts in at 1:11:00)
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