…is he concerned about running into Rush Limbaugh? …is Obama afraid of speaking extemporaneously? …or afraid of speaking without his team of trusty teleprompters?
Perhaps President Obama’s advisors are afraid of an Obameltdown if he is subjected to the same types of satirical skits and laugh lines that past Presidents (George W. Bush et. al.) have accepted many times in the past with applomb and humility…
First President Since Cleveland to Miss
(hat tip to “Fishbowl DC”
A Gridiron Club member tells FBDC first that President Obama will not attend this year’s dinner next Saturday, March 21st. He will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.
This year’s date coincides with the spring break of President Obama’s daughters’ school and club members have been informed the Obama family will be out of town, likely in Chicago.
Vice President Joe Biden will attend and speak at the dinner in his place. This member tells us the club is delighted to have Vice President Biden, but that there will be some very disappointed guests.
Each year the dinner includes satirical musical skits choreographed by the members, and remarks by the president and various members of each party. President Obama spoke as a Senator at the March 2006 dinner.
The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and this year will be the 124th dinner. Membership is by invitation only and its 65 members include the most prestigious journalists in Washington.
Perhaps he had a bad experience (from a severely-low humor-cell blood count) at the 2006 dinner? …or perhaps he still thinks he can avoid unscripted moments with reporters?
…Mr. President, with Air Force One at your disposal, a supposed “Spring Break” trip to Chicago is a LAME EXCUSE for missing an event PRESIDENTS FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS have attended. Even Michigan’s Governor is putting a brave face on her less than stellar record to speak at the dinner!
(unless you really are just a ‘fraidy cat!)
AF1 can whisk you to Washington for the dinner and back to your family before anyone even notices you’re gone! Just tell ’em you’re stepping out for a ‘smoke!