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Journalists Lampoon Political Insiders (Gridiron Club's 120th annual dinner - Hagel, Richardson)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/12/05 | Darlene Superville - AP

Posted on 03/12/2005 7:37:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - John Kerry (news - web sites)'s wife sang about how happy she is that he wasn't elected. Karl Rove revealed his successful strategy for winning President Bush (news - web sites) a second term. Wannabe presidential candidates pressed for advantage in the 2008 race. It was as close to "Saturday Night Live" as Washington gets, as journalists assumed the personas of politicians in song, dance and wisecracks at the Gridiron Club's 120th annual dinner.

It's a journalistic tradition in which, for one night, members of the Fourth Estate turn the tables on the powerful people they report and write about daily. The Gridiron Club's motto is to "singe, but never burn."

In a nod to 2008, they parodied the White House aspirations of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record) of Nebraska and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, featured speakers at the white-tie dinner.

Richardson compared the Bush's administration's treatment of U.S. allies over the Iraq (news - web sites) war to the NCAA (news - web sites) basketball tournament.

"Sixty-four teams start and they're whittled down to just one," Richardson said in prepared remarks. "Kind of reminds me of what we've done with our allies."

Hagel paid tribute to Johnny Carson, a Nebraska legend, by impersonating "Carnac the Magnificent," one of the late comedian's characters.

"Answer: March Madness (news - web sites)," Hagel said. "What do Democrats call my Social Security (news - web sites) plan?"

Following another close presidential election, the show poked fun at despondent Democrats and smug Republicans.

Prison-striped Democratic leaders were seen trying to figure a way out of "Gitmo," the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the government is holding suspected terrorists.

One sketch had Massachusetts Sen. Kerry singing a lament about "why, oh why, oh why did I ever lose Ohio?" while in the next scene wife Teresa Heinz Kerry appeared positively giddy over her husband's loss to Bush.

"Thank heaven, he lost the race," her character sang to the tune of "Thank Heaven for Little Girls." "Now I can tell the press just how and when and where to go, and I'm allowed my wine and escargots."

Republicans were singed, too.

To the tune of "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy," a Karl Rove impersonator sang about the challenges of turning Bush into presidential timber. "He looked smug, he looked dim. How we gonna win with him?" he sang. Bush and his wife, Laura, were in the audience.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was rapped for his Iraq war planning. "Rummy, have you some spare Teflon coating that we could wear?" soldiers sang to the tune of "Mister Sandman." "You said we'd win Iraq with ease, Mr. Rumsfeld, we need Humvees."

Other 2008-themed skits portrayed Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites) of New York singing about how she'll "turn those red states blue" and Senate newcomer Barack Obama of Illinois, prancing around in a gold outfit and halo, urging the party to "go with a guy who walks on water."

Founded in 1885, the Gridiron Club is made up of Washington news bureau chiefs, columnists, reporters, cartoonists and editors. It exists only for the annual dinner and political roast. Every president since Benjamin Harrison, except for Grover Cleveland, has attended.


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KEYWORDS: gridironclub; insiders; journalists; lampoon; political

1 posted on 03/12/2005 7:37:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Was this on C-span or something?


2 posted on 03/12/2005 7:41:05 PM PST by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Chief Justice!)
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To: Txsleuth

WASHINGTON - John Kerry (news - web sites)'s wife sang about how happy she is that he wasn't elected

--> Sounds like Tereeeza, Full of Bull azz always.


3 posted on 03/12/2005 7:45:31 PM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45
John Kerry (news - web sites)'s wife sang about how happy she is that he wasn't elected

And you know what, Mama T? We are glad you both were not elected too!!

4 posted on 03/12/2005 7:54:28 PM PST by llevrok (Don't blame me! I voted for Pedro)
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To: Txsleuth

Not sure about today, but I hope it gets played a few times..


5 posted on 03/12/2005 7:56:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like a real laff riot.


6 posted on 03/12/2005 8:42:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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