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Bill Clinton to headline Gridiron Club dinner, Obama away

March 9, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton will be the main speaker at the March 20 Gridiron Club dinner where journalists wear costumes and perform musical skits in a roast of the movers and shakers in Washington, and political leaders respond with speeches that poke fun right back. USA/

President Barack Obama will not attend for a second straight year. He will be on an overseas trip, and last year he went to Camp David.

While he spoke at the white-tie dinner of the oldest journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. when he was a senator, Obama last year became the first U.S. president not to attend in his first year of office since Grover Cleveland.

Vice President Joe Biden substituted last year and had some memorable one-liners at his boss’ expense, saying Obama couldn’t attend because he was preparing for Easter — “He thinks it’s about him.” But the veep was unable to sub again this year.

Something new this year, the Gridiron Club will match member contributions up to $10,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund which is raising money to help the earthquake victims.

Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Clinton laughs during student speeches at Harvard University in 2007)

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No one cares…

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

Bill Clinton is still very popular.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

Sure, with the progressives.

He really doesn’t help when he campaigns for anyone.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

Bill Clinton was the best Republican president since Eisenhower. Progressive? Can you say NAFTA?

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

Clinton governed as a liberal until the republicans were elected to lead congress.

I will grant this, he was smarter than Obama. He knew he was sunk if he didn’t fall in line with what the country wanted.

The surplus is a result of a republican congress and not anything Clinton did.

That’s why I support a split government rather than 100 percent control by one party. It was a disaster when the republicans led everything, it is an even bigger disaster now with the progressive democrats in control.

But I digress, Clinton doesn’t help anyone get elected. He has a horrible track record campaigning for people. He couldn’t even help his own wife get elected. But Obama is more skilled at getting his own candidates defeated when he campaigns for them. Reference Virginia, NJ and MA.

Who cares what he has to say about anything. The majority of Americans sure don’t care.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

TyC-You make some good points for a change, except for your last sentence. You seem to care a great deal.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

At least I make good points. Too bad I can’t return the compliment.

No, don’t care. The majority of Americans don’t care what Bill Clinton has to say.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to point out your blatant hypocrisy yet again. If you don’t care, why bother to post on it so many times?

If the majority of Americans don’t care, why is two term president Clinton such a superstar everywhere he goes?

Oh, and NJ and MA? Polling of the voters who voted for the Republican candidates showed that the large majority of them were in favor of a public option.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

You didn’t point out anything.

Again, you provide nothing of substance. At least, and you said so yourself, I do.

If you were an accurate reader, you would realize I said the majority of Americans don’t care. And they don’t care.

That’s what I said. Go back and look for yourself.

Now, stop harassing me. You hypocrite.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

I pointed out that you are a hypocrite, and you took the bait as always. Thanks for proving my point about you yet again.

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