Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word

Former President Clinton joked Thursday that nobody wanted to miss the funeral for Rep. John DingellJohn DingellTrump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' Change with minimal risk: Trump's Jimmy Carter problem 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.) because it was their only chance to get "the last word" with the late veteran congressman.

"One of the reasons none of us would have missed this is that this is the only time in our entire lives in public service that we were in the same room as John Dingell and got the last word," Clinton said.

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The remark was met with heavy laughter and applause from the audience, including Clinton's wife, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee MORE, who sat next to Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.), the late congressman's wife.

Dingell also appeared to enjoy the remark, though her reaction came as she was fighting tears.

Clinton then turned to the casket: "Don't you dare jump up and say something," he added, to further laughter.

The former president was one of five speakers at Thursday's funeral for John Dingell, who died last week at the age of 92 after serving in Congress for just more than 59 years.

Other speakers at the service in Washington included former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio), Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonDCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements The rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 The Memo: Impeachment's scars cut deep with Trump, say those who know him MORE (R-Mich.), Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event MORE (D-Ga.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-Md.).

Debbie Dingell's office released a statement last week calling the congressman a "loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend" following his death.

"He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth," the statement read.