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Politico reports that Obama will not be attending the Gidiron Club Dinner.  Thank God!

The official line from the Gridiron Club — a society of Washington reporters, columnists, and bureau chiefs — is, “We understand.”

But really, they don't.

from Politico:

“I don’t think he understands the implications of not coming to the club in the first year. It’s not your ordinary state dinner. I think it would be helpful for him and his relations with the Washington establishment to come to the club.”

Beyond bruised feelings among the pundit class, Obama’s snub is a revealing cultural moment.

Gridiron has for decades been an inner sanctum of Washington’s political press corps. The club’s mostly aging members were considered highly prestigious because they said so — and because they had the ability to summon the capital’s political elite to a spring frolic of skits and songs.

I say, "Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!"

There is perhaps nothing, and I mean, "NOTHING!", that trivialized the Iraq War and the press's role in it more than Bush looking for WMD's at the White House Correspondants' Dinner.

Was that Funny?  Was thousands of Americans' and Iraqis' deaths for a search for WMDs funny?

Was more than a trillion dollars of money spent on no WMDs funny?  They all laughed!!!  I don't know if Americans did!

Oh, I'm sure Judy Miller was laughing.

But I gotta say, I don't like the humor.

The only WHCD that I enjoyed was Stephen Colbert's, when he tore Bush a new one, and declared Helen Thomas as the only reporter worthy of praise.

I don't think there's much funny today.  

And the White House Correspondants are still not Helen Thomas.  When they become so, a President should attend their dinner.

Although I worked for Obama, I will puke if I have to witness the frivolity of those who have a role in guiding this nation.

Originally posted to BloggerJohn on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 08:39 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  appear by Webcast. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    metal prophet, lirtydies, dougymi

    and send Markos as the Dinner Speaker.

    George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

    by nathguy on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 08:41:20 PM PDT

  •  These people are certainly (7+ / 0-)

    full of themselves, aren't they?

    "I don't think he understands the implications of not coming to the club the first year. It is not your ordinary state dinner. I think it would be helpful for him and his relations with the Washington establishment to come to the club."

    Who do these people think they are? If I was this president, why would I want to hang with a bunch of people who undermine me, some who disrespect me, and are so full of their own self-importance. Why?

    I am glad the president is not going. You recall how off-putting it was with George Bush cracking jokes about Iraq when Americans were dying.

    In these ugly economy times, this over paid Washington crowd can afford to laugh and eat their expensive meals.

    If I want to get a good laugh, there is always the nightly comedy shows.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  •  Saying "He doesn't know how important we are" (0+ / 0-)

    means "we don't have a clue about what's important to the country right now"

  •  All leaders have to walk a fine line (0+ / 0-)

    between being loved and being respected. Being loved is nice, but being respected is much more important. (And yes, I know, The Prince.) If you choose to be respected, you're going to do things that will make some people not like you. This will be one of them. As we all know the establishment media is mostly populated with mildly retarded juveniles who delight in engaging in "gotcha journalism", as opposed to the real thing.

    These types will feel slighted at what they'll view as Obama's slight of them, and likely take it out on him in their reporting, opining and gossipy chatter, and it will affect his popularity. But the alternative, kissing up to them, would have cut into his attempt to be respected. You can't have both, though. If he does a good job as president, it will more than compensate for whatever hard feelings he might create in the media here.

    It's about time. They are not his or the peoples' friends. They are his adversaries, and sometimes enemies, and need to be treated as such. If they want to see him, then they can attend his press conferences or request interviews where they can ask serious questions about the economy or Iraq, and not simply be entertained by him. We elected a president, not an MC. He's just letting them know this.

    I would, though, like to see him at the WHCD, if Stephen Colbert is invited back.

    He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding. (Proverbs 12:11)

    by kovie on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 10:20:21 PM PDT

  •  Obama is a good humorist. (0+ / 0-)

    Ordinarily, an appearance at the Gridiron Club would be a chance for him to shine;  only Dubya managed to look bad, and then not all the time.  

    But if a media personality said, "I don’t think he understands the implications of not coming to the club in the first year. It’s not your ordinary state dinner. I think it would be helpful for him and his relations with the Washington establishment to come to the club.", then a dominance play has begun and Obama better not show up.  

    There is no such thing as an ordinary state dinner, and for the Washington media to call their shindig a state dinner is a spectacular display of hubris and self-importance.  From the Wikipedia, a state dinner in the United States is one given by the President in the White House as a token of honor to a foreign country with whom we are closely allied.  In practical use, the term was used by the LA Times to describe a black-tie dinner given by the White House to the governors of the states.  This September 15, 2008 guest list for a state dinner honoring Ghanian President John Agyekum Kufuor includes the Vice President, some Secretaries in the Cabinet, people that Bush owed huge political payback to (AEI, Saddleback Church), the director of the Peace Corps, the 2001 MLB Player of the Year and similar luminaries.

    In brief:  President Obama invites Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia and wife, the Bidens, the ranking half of his Cabinet, several ministers of Rudd's administration, a few nationally prominent Americans of Australian ancestry, Markos Moulitsas, Warren Buffet, Phil Jackson and some prominent Australians selected by PM Rudd to the White House:  state dinner.  Washington journalists and their bosses invite President Obama to their party, which is admittedly lavish and special:  not a state dinner.  

    2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

    by Yamaneko2 on Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 12:03:09 AM PDT

  •  "And that's the truth..." (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think there's much funny today.

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