Texas Gov. Rick Perry, having lost the race for Republican nomination for president, has found a new calling, according to the Wall Street Journal. He shined at the annual Gridiron Dinner held by elite Washington reporters as a standup comedian.
Examples of Perry's Humor
Perry poked fun at himself and at some of the remaining Republican candidates. He lamented what he called the "weakest Republican field in history" had "kicked his butt." Then he suggested the reason might have been that his degree at Texas A&M had been in animal husbandry. The punch line was when he deadpanned, "That sounds like what Rick Santorum thinks gay marriage will lead to."
Perry also got in some digs at the front-runner, Mitt Romney. He said he expected Romney to ask, as they stood next to one another on the debate stage, "Do you have any Grey Poupon?"
Keeping in with the theme of same sex relations, according to the Huffington Post, he suggested he liked Romney as much as, "as much as one good looking man can like another good looking man under Texas law."
What is the Gridiron Club?
The Gridiron Club is an invitation only social club comprised of elite Washington Journalists, founded in 1885. It holds an annual white tie and tails dinner attended by journalists and politicians that feature skits, speeches and other presentations designed to make light of the often tense relations between reporters and the politicians who cover them. The president is always invited. Thus far President Barack Obama has only attended one Gridiron Dinner, in 2011. The ones in 2009 and 2010 conflicted with his daughters' spring break and this year he is out of the country.
Members of the Gridiron Club include such media illumenatos as Susan Page, Jack Germond, Georgie Anne Geyeer, and Al Hunt, as well as the late David Broder, Tim Russert, Bob Novak, and William Safire.
Criticisms of the Gridiron Club
Writing for the Washington Post, Robert McCartney has suggested the Gridiron Dinner has become archaic with its dress code and rules against live media coverage. Because its membership tends to be older and from the establishment media, it is seen as somewhat more stodgy than its rival, the White House Correspondents Association, that also holds an annual dinner which is televised.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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