Joe Biden's Got Jokes: One Night, Five Punchlines

PHOTO: Vice President Joe Biden enjoys an ice cream cone after a campaign rally for Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in Portland, Ore., Oct. 8, 2014.Don Ryan/AP Photo
Vice President Joe Biden enjoys an ice cream cone after a campaign rally for Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in Portland, Ore., Oct. 8, 2014.

Few politicians pack the same entertaining punch as Vice President Joe Biden.

He tends to cause a stir in the Twittersphere with his one-liners and gif-worthy reactions. That habit continued Tuesday night in the opening of his remarks during a Black History Month event at his residence in Washington, D.C.

Biden started with a jab at members of Congress, blaming them for his late arrival at the event.

"I've been waiting for Congress all my life," he joked.

He continued to poke fun at the Department of Homeland Security funding fight. The department could shut down if Congress doesn't agree on a department budget by the end of the week. A provision in the budget aimed at stopping President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration has stalled the measure.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was at the event and Biden joked that the secretary could be out of a job if Congress doesn't find a solution.

"Be good to Jeh. Jeh may need some help because he may lose his pay,” Biden joked. “Congress is, you know, shutting down. I don’t know Jeh, man, I’d think you had a little more whack than that.”

Biden also traded comments with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who he complimented for her ability to "get things done."

“The only good thing is I don’t have to pay taxes in the district,” he joked. The mayor shouted back “not yet!”

But Biden spoke highly of his residence at the Naval Observatory in Northwest D.C. -- even commenting that the president wanted to switch houses.

"Not a problem as long as the power goes with the house!" Biden joked.

He added on, alluding to the possibility that he will run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

“By the way, if I ever ran for president, I’d turn this into the White House,” he said.