U.S. President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner this weekend, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night. The day after declaring that US media was being "mocked all over the world", he said he Gridiron Dinner "was great fun".
"The Gridiron Dinner last night was great fun".
I am a member of the club.
The Gridiron Club's annual dinner has been attended by most USA presidents as well as opposition leaders. Every president but Grover Cleveland has come to at least one dinner.
-On Vice President Mike Pence: "He is one of the best straight men you're ever going to meet. he is straight". "You know, we're late tonight because Jared could not get through the security".
Trump spoke for 33 minutes, a mix of what seemed prepared zingers, insults - good natured and otherwise - and what came off as rambling comments.
Donald Trump sat out the last White House Correspondents' Dinner, but decided to make an appearance at a similar event on Saturday. It's actually been exciting and invigorating ... "I like turnover. I like chaos". The guy who keeps making outrageous statements thinks he has a shot at being president? "Steve Miller or Melania?'" he said, according to CNN.
"That's awful. But you love me right, honey?".
"So many people have been leaving the White House".
What perhaps earned the groans was the joking suggestion he made that the first lady might leave him, coming as adult-film star Stormy Daniels has been talking about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
Cotton represented the GOP side of the aisle with his set, following the Democratic mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu.
"And the White House is actually a warm, loving, and wonderful place". Everything was on the record.
He confessed, "My staff was concerned that I couldn't do self-deprecating humor". They were anxious about it.
He recalled the close race in MI, saying the media wouldn't call it for him, even though he had a good margin of victory. "I am accomplishing a lot in Washington and have never had a better time doing something, and especially since this is for the American People!" he tweeted. He departed early because he had a TV interview.
Speaking of weirdness, it's not often the common viewer gets a good look at [name redacted, to protect professional dignity] in a silver sequined tuxedo; [yup, these are redacted too] giving Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance an honest, if imperfect try; and [you'd better believe this one's redacted] dancing in a peacock suit to the belted tones of a Carly Simon satire.
Noting that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) regularly calls for his impeachment, Trump said, "And I say - and I get in trouble for this - 'she has to immediately take an IQ test, ' and people go insane". He was mean, not amusing. I say that in all seriousness: "I hope that's true". Then, he said, "I won't tell you what she said".
The president spared nearly no Democrats in his speech.
After Trump left, Ivanka and Jared stayed around and mingled ...