‘Next week I’m signing an executive order to get off my lawn,’ President Obama said as he cracked jokes about his age and approval ratings Saturday night at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner.
Getting older changes a guy, President Obama said Saturday night, and he admitted he’s getting crankier.
“Next week I’m signing an executive order to get off my lawn,” Obama joked at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner. On top of that, the nation’s graying chief executive said that now he even has trouble with his morning cup of joe. “Coffee really disagrees with me these days,” he says, “which is why John Boehner just invited coffee to address the joint House.”
Obama’s standup routine drew laughs from the audience of more than 650 journalists, lawmakers, administration officials, military officials and others at the Gridiron’s 130th charity fundraising gala.
The President also targeted himself. “Just a few years ago, I couldn’t imagine being in my 50s,” he said. “Given my approval ratings, I still can’t.”
Noting that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remarked recently that he couldn’t say whether Obama was a Christian, the President said his religion taught forgiveness and cracked, “So, Gov. Walker, salaam alaikum.”
Obama said he generally likes Boehner, the House speaker, and noted talk of unhappy House Republicans planning a coup — “or as Bill O’Reilly calls it, ‘reporting from the war zone.'”