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Politicians Roast Obama Behind His Back at Gridiron Dinner

VIP politicians and journalists got together to poke fun at President Obama behind his back last Saturday, at the annual Gridiron Dinner. But it's not like the Prez wasn't invited! Obama was the first president in decades to skip the Gridiron Club dinner during his first year in office. He opted instead for a quiet trip to Camp David with his family.

Here are some highlights from the "off the record" fun:

  • Joe Biden: Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter —but I told him I'm much better when I wing it. I know these evenings run long, so I'm going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can't be here tonight — because he's busy getting ready for Easter. He thinks it's about him.
  • Biden: Now let's see: we have a Republican speaker who was born in Austria, and tonight's Democratic speaker was born in Canada. Folks, this is Lou Dobbs' worst nightmare.
  • Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm: (Sarah Palin) really set back the cause of hot governors. You know where I'm coming from, Ed Rendell.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: You (the media) did such lovely work for (Obama). You put your lives on hold to put him in the White House. Now you get all dressed up, the champagne's on ice, and you find out he's just not that into you.
  • Do you think Obama regrets staying home?


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    milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
    Seriously, it's not like it was a state dinner where there were prime ministers or other dignitaries in attendance and he missed something hugely important. Let the man spend some time with his family for pete sake.
    hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
    I think Schwarzenegger's joke was rich baby, I loved that one. I don't think the President regrets not going because that would mean he regrets spending time with his family and that's just not going to happen.
    stephley stephley 8 years
    I don't think so Zeze, Obama let the Gridiron Club know that he wasn't coming to dinner back around March 12th. He said then the dinner coincided with the girls' spring break.
    zeze zeze 8 years
    maybe he knew that story about him laughing too much was going to hit the air, so he wanted to avoid being seen making more jokes and LOLing all over the place.
    clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
    He skipped a traditional dinner, but he sat down with Jay Leno? Hm. Maybe the interview with Leno is what he should have skipped and actually ATTENDED something that is so steeped in tradition. I second Caterpillar's very first statement. That sums up exactly how I felt, but she said it much better. "I dont think he regrets it, He just didnt care. It must suck to hoist someone on your shoulders and have him blow you off after he has reached his goal."
    Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
    I don't think Obama had anything to gain by being at this event, therefore he did not attend. I also cannot fault him for wanting some family time.
    Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
    It wasn't exactly behind his back. He certainly had a chance to attend this "roast", and it's not as if the speakers didn't know it was going to make the news the next morning. Anything they said during the event was definitely meant to become public or they would've waited to say such things until they were in the privacy of their own homes.
    stephley stephley 8 years
    Obama skipped one dinner at which politicians traditionally sit around and make stupid jokes about themselves and each other - I don't think the republic is going to suffer for it. He was criticized by some here for going on Leno and now people are complaining about him skipping a roast. :(
    mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
    I thought there were different standards for men and women when it came to their careers and young children. At least that's what I've experienced, maybe its cynical to say.
    Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
    I think, but I could be wrong, that UnDave said that trying to make the connection between this and what others said about Sarah Palin being VP. That she should put her children before career. Like I said, I could be wrong.
    amybdk amybdk 8 years
    If family is that important, he shouldn't have ran for President. Huh?! If family is that important --important enough to want to spend time with your children while they are on Spring Break instead of attending a dinner which is for fun and NOT a job requirement -- he should not have run for President? I don't see the "reality" in that at all!
    CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
    Mydia, I dont think its ridiculous a statement at all. Its the hard truth and thats reality.
    mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
    That's a pretty ridiculous statement. If family is that important that he would skip a dinner then he shouldn't have ran for president.
    UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
    If family is that important, he shouldn't have ran for President.
    mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
    I don't fault the man for wanting to spread his precious time with his family (and young children) than go to a dinner - even if it is tradition. Family should come first.
    UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
    I don't think he regrets it. It's dificult to regret something, like a tradition, that you have no concept of why it's in place.
    skb9850 skb9850 8 years
    What does he have against tradition? This is not the first tradition he's blown off.
    Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
    yeah, I can't help but think that they knew Obama wasn't going to be there and that these were all scripted. and to answer the question, No, I don't think Obama regrets not being there.
    stephley stephley 8 years
    I'm thinking someone doesn't get the concept of the Gridiron jokes at all.
    CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
    I dont think he regrets it, He just didnt care. It must suck to hoist someone on your shoulders and have him blow you off after he has reached his goal.
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