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'No (Bush) Child Left Behind:' Feinstein Jabs Jeb at DC Soiree

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By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 02:43 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had the best line of the night at an exclusive dinner in Washington when she poked fun at Jeb Bush, the son of one president and younger brother of another.

"Jeb Bush looks like he's running for president," the California Democrat said of the former Republican governor of Florida. "So now we know what the Bush family means by 'no child left behind.' "

And so it went joke after joke at the Alfalfa Club's annual dinner Saturday where politicians and business executives in the nation's capital kicked off the annual rite of cozy black-tie soirees with the power elite of Washington, according to The Huffington Post.

Later this season, congressional leaders and the reporters who cover them will share cocktails at the Gridiron Club dinner, where the humor is supposed to singe but never burn. They will dine together again at annual galas of the National Press Club Foundation dinner and the White House Correspondents' Association.

Although many of those ritzy social events support charitable foundations, the Alfalfa dinner is unique. The club exists for one purpose: to hold an annual banquet on the last Saturday in January. The name of the club is reportedly related to the hearty, deep-rooted alfalfa plant, which will go to great lengths to find a drink.

The festivities are supposed to be off-the-record, but journalists routinely get some details. This year, Politico had what was said to be the best coverage.

Aside from Feinstein's quip, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates turned his wit on Congress, drones over the White House and Washington's love of itself.

"When it comes to drones, I do think we need to reduce their number. The 435 we have in the House is enough," he said.

Gates added: "Washington is the only place where you can see someone walking down Lovers' Lane, holding his own hand."

Mitch McConnell, the new Senate majority leader, poked fun at himself and at President Barack Obama.

"Americans simply aren't impressed by all the old faces — Clinton, Romney, Bush. People are looking for a fresh, exciting face — you know, like me," said the Kentucky Republican, who has been in Washington since 1985.

McConnell said he wanted to dispel the image of Obama as an overbearing leader who is out of touch with the common voter.

"I can work with the president. We're honest with each other," McConnell said. "I told him once that I thought he was aloof and condescending. He said, 'I'm not condescending. I'm just too busy thinking about far more important things than you would understand.' "

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