Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal famously advised the GOP in January to “stop being the stupid party,” but tonight at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C., it was Jindal’s job to deliver the laughs on behalf of the Republicans. How’d he do?
Jindal killing it at #Gridiron — says he's talking to Sen Elizabeth Warren "as one Indian politician to another"
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) March 10, 2013
Any other zingers? Frankly, we don’t know. The dinner was closed to all but one reporter and TV cameras were barred, so all jokes have to be smuggled out via Twitter or through the official pool report. Who was fortunate enough to attend in person? According to the Weekly Standard, it was a diverse range of politicians and journalists ranging from liberal to strongly liberal.
The 650 dinner guests included several Cabinet members, top military officials, senior White House advisers, three governors, four senators, four House members and 10 ambassadors. Media stars at the show included PBS’s Jim Lehrer, C-SPAN’s Susan Swain, Meet the Press host David Gregory, ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Head table guests included the president and featured speakers as well as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and the director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper.