Vice President Biden ordered supporters to "pretend you like me" after mocking them as "dull as hell" at a campaign fundraiser in Washington on Friday.

The vice president was speaking to Turkish and Azerbaijani donors about the potential of the region as a democratic and economic force when he noticed he wasn't getting much of a reception.

“I guess what I’m trying to say without boring you too long at breakfast – and you all look dull as hell, I might add. The dullest audience I have ever spoken to. Just sitting there, staring at me. Pretend you like me!" Biden said.


The joke "drew big laughs from the crowd," according to the press pool report.

Biden went on to extoll "Azerbaijan as country with tremendous potential. We want Azerbaijan to succeed in its goal of developing a modern democracy and becoming a regional leader,” he said before wrapping up his comments.

"I’m boring you as much as I’m boring myself," Biden joked while exiting the stage.

Tickets for the event cost $2,500 a piece and went to the Democratic National Committee and President Obama's reelection campaign. More than 200 members of the Turkish and Azerbaijani communities were in attendance.