Klobuchar carries wisecracking banner for Senate Dems at banquet

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At the annual banquet where Washington insiders make fun of one another - and themselves - it was Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar who delivered the one-liners on behalf of Senate Democrats.

The Pioneer Press reports Klobuchar's barbs included a dig at an aging President Obama, joking that his Secret Service code name has been changed from Renegade to Fifty Shades of Gray.

The president himself delivered several punch lines. They included a poke at the cutbacks that are part of the sequester: "My joke writers have been placed on furlough."

This year's event was the 128th edition of the annual event held by the Gridiron Club and Foundation.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports Klobuchar is among Democrats who have a more serious gripe with the president. As Obama begins new Capitol Hill negotiations aimed at a deficit reduction agreement, Klobuchar is among Democrats second-guessing his handling of the last round of talks. The Times reports she thinks the president should have abandoned unproductive talks with House Speaker John Boehner sooner and turned his attention to a bipartisan group of senators.

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