Former Secretary of State John Kerry does not project an image of hilarity, but he managed to bring the house down with his quip at the annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington, D.C. last night, according to a report on The Hill. The dinner is the sole reason for the existence of the Alfalfa Club, an all-male social organization in the capital that counts influential politicians business executives, several Presidents of the United States amongst its members.
Kerry addressed a star-studded crowd at the dinner with an audience that included business luminaries such as Bill Gates, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (the club’s new president), Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and Jeff Bezos. One attendee commented that the party had attracted five of the eight richest men in the world.
The political world was well represented as well, with Vice-President Pence, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) all in attendance. While the sitting President of the United States almost always goes to the dinner, President Trump was a no-show this year.
So Kerry knew when he got up to speak that the target of his joke wouldn’t be there to hear it, but would hear about it from his family and staff.
“Despite the pressure he’s under, the White House physician says President Trump is in great shape — a trim 239 pounds. Personally, I just won’t believe him until he produces his long-form girth certificate,” Kerry joked.
Now there’s a late-night talk show host worthy bit of comedy. Kudos to whoever wrote Kerry’s routine. There’s surely a job waiting for you at the networks.