Tony Appleton, a town crier,  announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013.National Journal

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As you most certainly know by now, there is a new royal person on the planet. As the Associated Press astutely wrote in 1930, "royal babies, like those of lesser rank, are born when they are born, and not before." That truism was once again affirmed today when Kate Middleton gave birth Monday to a so-far nameless offspring. CNN was really into it. The people on Twitter were, too. And so was Congress, or at least a select few representatives (and one senator) who decided to weigh in on the royal child via social media.

Some gave well wishes and congratulations, but many others responded to the news with snark — perhaps, 237 years later, it is still not good for a U.S. politician to be seen condoning the secession of the British monarchy.

Anyway, here are their jokes. They are not very good.

A bemoaning of gender, of sorts, from the representative from Charlotte, N.C.:

Guess this means no Queen Charlotte #royalbaby #CLT

— Rep Robert Pittenger (@RepPittenger) July 22, 2013

Currency jokes!

Congrats to Prince William & Kate on the birth of the #RoyalBaby. The baby weighed a little over 8 pounds. Or about $12.29 in U.S. dollars.

— Rep. Blake Farenthold (@farenthold) July 22, 2013

A chance to remind Americans about the national debt?

Congrats to the royal family! If the #RoyalBaby were born a U.S. citizen, he'd inherit more than $53,340 in debt. http://t.co/LSwX5dhcBU

— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 22, 2013

Puns!

#Royal baby boy 4 William & Kate! Every baby a joyous miracle. Name suggestion to royal couple, "Steve." Just seems to fit a future king:-)

— Rep. Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 22, 2013

Sad jokes.

Almost as good as royal baby! "@malbertkstp: As 1st trip, new @USDOT secretary 2 visit 35W bridge, meet @GovMarkDayton & @amyklobuchar 2day"

— Rep. Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 22, 2013

 Cheesey every-dad-is-a-king jokes:

What's the fuss on the royal baby? I became a King when my two daughters were born, Carly & Elana.

— Rep. Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael) July 22, 2013

But, at least one influential member of Congress took the sincere route:

Wishing Prince William and Duchess Kate much joy and happiness as Great Britain welcomes the newest member of the Royal Family. #RoyalBaby

— Rep. Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 22, 2013

In a statement, President and Mrs. Obama also took this route:

Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.

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