Watch Joe Biden Launch Groan-Worthy Joke At George Clooney In White House

The president feted the Kennedy Center honorees before Sunday's ceremony.

President Joe Biden playfully ribbed actor George Clooney Sunday at the White House before the Kennedy Center Honors. (Watch the video below.)

Biden first praised all the honorees as 鈥渁n incredible group of people.鈥

鈥淎nd we the people, we see character. We see Amal Clooney鈥檚 husband,鈥 the president cracked.

The tease got laughs, including from the actor himself.

Clooney鈥檚 wife, Amal, is a prominent and accomplished human rights attorney.

The quip was a 鈥渧ersion of one of Biden鈥檚 most well-worn gags,鈥 Mediaite noted.

Biden got serious and praised the two-time Oscar winner for his activism on behalf of 9/11 victims鈥 families and refugees, and his support for survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting and their work for gun reform.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 character,鈥 Biden said. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 George Clooney.鈥

Other honorees included singer Amy Grant, singer Gladys Knight, composer Tania Leon and the rock band U2.

The ceremony at the Kennedy Center was highlighted by a routine by Sacha Baron Cohen scorching former President Donald Trump and rapper-turned-vocal Hitler appreciator Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). There was also a public appearance by Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who was seriously injured in October by a hammer-wielding home invader.

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