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
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)

(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?"

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Mar 14, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
yeah, Barry, you're a regular laff riot!
Mar 11, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
The Church has lost all credibility with the educated world.... Maybe Joe Biden is what the Church really needs.... Can you just Imagine Joe Biden in his Pope dress.....riding in his Pope Mobile....... Allowing Priests to marry each other. 1942
Mar 11, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
Long may Biden remain as VP in Obama's tenure. Let us be totally honest he (Biden) is fooking useless anywhere!