President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaRepublican senator expects Trump will 'embrace' GOP platform Frustration with White House builds in Hispanic caucus Giuliani touts Trump as true candidate of 'hope' 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."
Obama also earned laughs at the expensive of Republican rivals, highlighting rumors of tensions between House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.).
"Speaker BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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 ObamaClinton rules out Sanders while playing 'who'd you rather' to chose running mate First Nigerian girl taken by Boko Haram rescued WATCH: Obama accidentally steps on First Lady's dress at state dinner 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.