President Obama: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough”
President Barack Obama attended the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner in Washington Saturday night, even cracking a joke on forced budget cuts along the way.
The annual event brings together politicians and Washington’s media elite. Because there’s limited press access, presidents who attend usually act a little looser than when the camera light is on.
This is the second time Obama has attended the dinner as president but the first since 2011.
“As you know, I last attended the Gridiron dinner two years ago. Back then, I addressed a number of topics – a dysfunctional Congress, a looming budget crisis, complaints that I don’t spend enough time with the press. It’s funny, it seems like it was just yesterday,” Obama said.