Amy Klobuchar: Minnesota's funniest senator?

  • Updated: March 10, 2013 - 9:23 PM
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President Barack Obama walks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, right, as they leave the Gridiron Dinner through a loading area at a hotel in Washington, Saturday, March 9, 2013.

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar represented the Democrats at the 128th annual Gridiron Club Dinner Saturday night at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, amusing a white-tie audience of political and press elites as a humorous counterpoint to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

“I don’t want to be judgmental right from the start,” Klobuchar began, “but did anyone else notice that Bobby Jindal lip-synced his entire remarks?”

Of course, the most important member of the audience was President Obama, who cracked a few jokes of his own — one at the expense of Minnesota’s junior senator. “I am worried about Al Franken,” Obama told the gathering. “How do you start off being one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live and end up being the second-funniest senator in Minnesota? … How the mighty have fallen.”

The evening featured special guest appearances by Klobuchar’s father, former Star Tribune columnist Jim Klobuchar, her lawyer husband John Bessler, and her daughter, Abigail, who’s bound for Yale.

Another Klobuchar crack: “I know the governor and the president and I agree on one thing: One day soon, maybe not next year, maybe not in our children’s lifetime, but one day you will once again have a white male politician speak at the Gridiron ...

“Now I am under no illusions here. I know I was picked to speak tonight from a binderful of women.”

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