Gridiron Dinner With Comic-In-Chief

Showing up for the fourth time at the Gridiron Club dinner, President Barack Obama proved himself a more than able comic-in-chief, joking about Hillary Clinton’s email snafu and D.C.’s partial legalization of marijuana. Also at hand were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, doing stand-up for the Republicans and Democrats, respectively.

Put on by the Gridiron Club and Foundation, formed by newspapers and news services in 1885, the evening of fellowship demands that journalists and politicians call a truce and mock themselves. There were also musical skits by press members. The U.S. Marine Band was there, and everyone sang “Auld Lang Syne” at the end. The 130th annual dinner was held March 14 at the Renaissance Hotel on 9th Street NW with photographers, reporters and onlookers waiting in the lobby.

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