flickr: Photo by Chris DenbowBill Clinton stood in for President Obama at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner on Saturday night. If you're not familiar with it, the Gridiron Club is the oldest and most prestigious journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. (Think a bunch of mostly old, white, male journalists and politicians sitting around, boozing it up.) I'm not exactly a member nor likely will I ever be, but the word on the street blogs is that Bill rocked the house.
Here, some highlights of his speech.
On the White House Chief of Staff: "I found Rahm. I created Rahm. I made him the man he is today. I am so sorry."
On health care reform: "It may not happen in my lifetime or in Dick Cheney's, but hopefully by Easter."
On Vice President Biden: "Biden, God rest his mouth ... trying to explain what happened in the Middle East with the only two words he learned over there: Oy vey."
On the Nobel Peace Prize: "[Obama called me and] I said, Mr. President, What's Up?"
'I'm just here in the White House, polishing my Nobel Peace Prize,' he said. 'You got one of these yet?'
And I said no, no I don't.
'No? Well, Jimmy's got one of them.'
I said, Yes, yes, he does.
'Al Gore, he's got one too, I think.'
I said, yes, sir, he sure does; wears it around his neck."
No matter what you think of our former president, the guy's really funny -- or at least his speech writer is.