President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGeorge W. Bush honors father at benefit for hurricane victims Dem senator: ‘I miss every one of’ our last 5 presidents All five living former presidents appear at hurricane relief benefit concert 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 GreenDem postpones unveiling impeachment measure after Vegas shooting Dem lawmaker: Black Americans shouldn't go to White House until Trump apologizes for NFL attacks Let Trump say what he wants — the president has a right to free speech MORE impersonator," he said.

Obama also earned laughs at the expensive of Republican rivals, highlighting rumors of tensions between House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.).

"Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat 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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama criticizes lack of diversity in politics: one side is 'all white, all men' Obama interrupts Michelle's appearance with 25th anniversary tribute Michelle Obama: Young people feel what's happening now 'not what they were taught' 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.