Obama: Sorry, Joe Biden Is 'Too Young to Be Pope'

Riffs on Woodward, sequester at Gridiron

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 10, 2013 8:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama put in his second appearance of his presidency at the Gridiron Club last night, lamenting the not-so-funny consequences of the sequester, his vice president, his administration's weird tiff with Bob Woodward, and more. Highlights, as per Politico, CNN, and the AP:

  • On the Woodward ruckus: "Now I know that some folks think we responded to Woodward too aggressively. But hey, when has—can anybody tell me when an administration has ever regretted picking a fight with Bob Woodward? What’s the worst that could happen?"

  • On Joe Biden's higher ambitions: “(The) vice president is still ambitious. But let's face it, his age is an issue. Just the other day, I had to take Joe aside and say, ‘Joe, you are way too young to be the pope.'"
  • On Hillary Clinton's replacement: "Hillary is a tough act to follow. But John Kerry is doing great so far. He is doing everything he can to ensure continuity. Frankly, though, I think it’s time for him to stop showing up at work in pantsuits. It's a disturbing image.”
  • On consequences of the sequester: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough. Of course 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.”
  • Amy Klobuchar on how Obama has aged: "His Secret Service name used to be 'Renegade.' Now it's '50 Shades of Gray.'"
  • Bobby Jindal on his own presidential ambitions: "What chance does a skinny guy with a dark complexion have of being elected president?"

President Obama and Mitt Romney at another white-tie affair, the Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, in this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, file photo.
President Obama and Mitt Romney at another white-tie affair, the Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, in this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama speaks at the Archdiocese of New York's 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
President Obama speaks at the Archdiocese of New York's 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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