The jokes, of course, began immediately. Some of my favorites:
They discovered an new fault just outside Washington: Bush's Fault.
That wasn't an earthquake - the Founding Fathers are actually spinning in their graves.
That was no earthquake, that was the debt ceiling shattering!
Paul Krugman said it wasn't big enough.
Everyone in Washington left work early due to the earthquake. The economy experienced a brief rebound.
The earthquake is Palin's fault. She's been threatening to "shake things up"!!