Vice President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE joked on Tuesday night that "I may be a white boy, but I can jump."

The vice president made the remark, an apparent reference to the 1992 film "White Men Can't Jump," before turning to the more serious subject of voting rights at a reception hosted at his residence marking African-American History Month. 

A number of African-American officials attended the event, including Kevin Johnson, the first black mayor of Sacramento and a former NBA star, to whom Biden directed the comments.

"I told the president, next game, I've got him," the 71-year-old vice president said. 

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Others in attendance included Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Johnson is a former NBA all-star who played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns before being elected in 2008. 

President Obama has been a longtime player and fan of the game. 

He recently gave an interview with TNT ahead of the NBA all-star game in which he debated the legacies of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.