President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaVoting advocates notch win at Supreme Court Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Watchdog group sues for ex-lobbyist ethics waivers MORE spoke at Saturday night's Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington poking fun at himself and fellow leaders.

The annual black-tie banquet is an exclusive gathering of many of Washington's business and political elite.

"You've heard it from the pundits:  'Obama is cloistered in the White House.' 'He's aloof.' 'He's in the bubble.' He's not connecting,'" said Obama. "And that’s why one of my big goals this year was to get out and be among every day, ordinary Americans -- like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club."

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The president, who broke into song at a recent fundraiser in New York City, also joked about his singing. "At least my harshest critics can agree... I have a promising future as an Al GreenAl GreenCongressman threatened with lynching after calling for Trump’s impeachment Dem lawmaker: Trump's federal crime 'staring all of us in the face' WH lawyers consulting experts on impeachment proceedings: report MORE impersonator," he said.

Obama also earned laughs at the expensive of Republican rivals, highlighting rumors of tensions between House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner called Trump about signing government funding bill Ex-GOP rep jests he thought reporter's accidental text was a drunk text from Boehner Gowdy front-runner to be next Oversight chairman MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (R-Va.).

"Speaker BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner called Trump about signing government funding bill Ex-GOP rep jests he thought reporter's accidental text was a drunk text from Boehner Gowdy front-runner to be next Oversight chairman MORE, it is good to see you at the head table. I know how badly Eric Cantor wanted your seat," he said. 

"John, I want you to know:  I am eager to work with members of Congress to be entertaining tonight. But if Congress is unwilling to cooperate, I will be funny without them," he added.

The president has been pressuring congressional leaders to adopt many of his proposals to boost job growth and has cautioned them that he will implement efforts on his own without their cooperation.

President Obama last spoke at the dinner in 2009. He was accompanied this year by First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaTrump gets royal welcome during 'tremendous' Saudi Arabia visit Melania and Ivanka Trump choose not to wear headscarves on Saudi trip Robin Wright: 'Trump has stolen all of our ideas' for 'House of Cards' MORE.

Other guests included former President George H.W. Bush and his son former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who met with Obama at the White House before the event.