Congressman Allen West — walked away with a prize from the annual “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest. Beating out rivals Senator Scott Brown and Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenaue, the Florida Republican won third runner up by sharing some clever jokes on how hearing about a colleague’s “Uncle Tom” made him feel warm and welcome as the only African American conservative in the Congressional Black Caucus.
Delivering a zinger to Georgia Democrat and fellow Black Caucus member John Lewis, West blazed:
“The first thing I got sworn into was the Congressional Black Caucus. Now you talk about being fun–being the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, but I did kind of get a warm welcome. John Lewis…John Lewis from Atlanta, Georgia–same neighborhood that I grew up in down there…great time. And so I’m walking up behind John Lewis and he really let me feel like this is a family man, because I kept hearing him talk about some guy named Uncle Tom.”
But Congressman Lewis and his old “Uncle Tom” were not the only ones in the line of fire. Rep. Maxine Waters also served as the brunt of West’s jokes — this time about Oreos:
“There was Maxine Waters and I thought, “Man, Maxine Waters must really have a sweet tooth because she kept talking about Oreos. and Double Stuffs at that.”
“So I figured this was gonna be nice. I’ve got a family oriented guy here with John Lewis. I got someone who likes Oreo Cookies with Maxine Waters, but I’ll tell you what, it’s been a good experience being there with the Congressional Black Caucus.”