Congressman says lawmakers ‘can’t take ourselves too seriously sometimes’

The Washington Press Club Foundation held its 68th annual dinner, an opportunity to poke fun at media and pols alike, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington on Wednesday. Following the dinner, The Hill newspaper hosted a dessert reception with music from one of the hottest Capitol Hill Bands around, the Second Amendments, the members of which are also members of Congress.

At The Hill’s afterparty, congressmen said they found the evening’s jokes in good humor and took all the zingers in stride.

“We can’t take ourselves too seriously sometimes,” said Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas). Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said the political jokes were “fine,” but with two Democrats and one Republican as the evening's entertainment, Republicans took a few more of the barbs.

Freshman Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) was one of the funniest of the evening, reminding those in attendance that he often gets confused for some of his colleagues. According to Long, he's mistaken for Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas). At the afterparty, Long told The Hill, “I guess we all look pretty similar."