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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama poked fun Saturday night at his chief of staff and ribbed Washington's elite during a black-tie dinner at Alfalfa Club, a 93-year-old Washington social club.
    The first African-American president began by poking fun at the club's historical roots.
    "I know that many you are aware that this dinner began almost 100 years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee," Obama said, referring to the man who commanded the Confederate army during the Civil War.
    "If he were here with us tonight, the general would be 202 years old. And very confused."
    The ceremony was closed to the media. But the White House released excerpts of the president's remarks.
    The Alfalfa Club was started by four Southerners in Washington's Willard Hotel in 1913. Its sole purpose was an annual night out for the boys, and it took its name from a thirsty plant that sends its roots deep down looking for liquid refreshment.
    The club remained exclusively open to men until 1994, when women were admitted as members.
    Arizona Sen. John McCain, whom Obama defeated for the presidency, and McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also attended the event.
    Obama saved most of his ribbing for his chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, who has a reputation for being quick to anger.
    "Now, this hasn't been reported yet, but it was actually Rahm's idea to do the swearing-in ceremony again," he said. "Of course, for Rahm, every day is a swearing-in ceremony."
    On the president's first full day in office, Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the oath of office to Obama after they flubbed during the inauguration.
    Obama said that in his first weeks as president, he has had to "engage in some of the toughest diplomacy of my life."
    "And that was just to keep my BlackBerry," he said.
    "I finally agreed to limit the number of people who could e-mail me. It's a very exclusive list. How exclusive? Everyone look at the person sitting on your left. Now look at the person sitting on your right. None of you have my e-mail address."
    Obama gets laughs at Alfalfa dinner
    Too bad they didn't have any video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    The first African-American president began by poking fun at the club's historical roots.
    "I know that many you are aware that this dinner began almost 100 years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee," Obama said, referring to the man who commanded the Confederate army during the Civil War.
    "If he were here with us tonight, the general would be 202 years old. And very confused.
    thats hysterical!!!
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    Looking to Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent-turned McCain supporter, Obama told the Connecticut senator he had no hard feelings.

    The door is always open, Obama assured Lieberman, who observes the Sabbath, so feel to drop by—any Saturday afternoon.

    To Palin, Obama expressed surprise to see her with such members of the Washington elite she railed against during the campaign. Or, as he termed it in language Palin is familiar with, “palling around with this crew.”
    Lieberman, the outgoing Alfalfa president, took notice of Palin, his onetime rival to be John McCain’s running mate.

    His good friend the Arizona senator called during the veep search, Lieberman explained, to break the bad news: He needed more than a pretty face on the ticket.

    Bada-chhhhhhh – thanks, folks.
    Obama rocks the Alfalfa Club - Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen - Politico.com

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    Mr. President's funny!


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    I am just about tired of hearing about his f*cking Blackberry.

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    To Palin, Obama expressed surprise to see her with such members of the Washington elite she railed against during the campaign. Or, as he termed it in language Palin is familiar with, “palling around with this crew.”

    He's too kind. He should have asked her why she was palling around with terrorists.

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    The Daily Show showed a clip recently of a roast of Rahm Emanuel from about 3 years ago, in which then Senator Obama joked that the accident in which Emanuel lost his middle finger rendered him virtually speechless...

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    ^^I saw that. That was funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    The Daily Show showed a clip recently of a roast of Rahm Emanuel from about 3 years ago, in which then Senator Obama joked that the accident in which Emanuel lost his middle finger rendered him virtually speechless...
    That clip of Rahm's roast is posted in some thread on Rahm here.

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