For those of you who don’t know it, the Gridiron Club is an ultra-exclusive and prestigious organization for Washington, D.C., journalists that holds a dinner every year.
Its members put on skits, lampooning the political scene -- and bigwigs from both parties give speeches filled with satirical barbs aimed at their own members. There’s even the tradition of a brief witty tirade from the sitting President of the United States.
This year’s dinner was Saturday, and even though President Obama couldn't make it (he attended last year and sent Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his place this year), Texas Governor Rick Perry and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz each spoke.
Here are the highlights:
- Rick called being the Republican nomination “the three most exhilarating hours of my life.”
- The former candidate mentioned his degree in “Animal husbandry,” and added, “that sounds like what Rick Santorum thinks gay marriage leads to.”
- Referring to Mitt Romney, Rick said, “I kept waiting for him to say, ’Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?’”
- Debbie also made it a point to make fun of Mitt, telling the crowd, “It looks like Mitt Romney finally has this thing wrapped up. And you know what you call a Republican primary where Mitt stands alone? A two man race.”
- She didn’t spare the joke for those on her side of the aisle either, explaining how her daily routine begins with “wake up the children. And by children I mean Steve Israel and Chuck Schumer.”
Last, but not least, Leon closed out the night speaking for POTUS, with a hat trick Romney joke.
“Much like Mitt Romney I used to be a moderate Republican,” he said. “You can find them in the Smithsonian.”
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