New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was among the politicians and journalists who spoke at Saturday night’s (March 3) annual Gridiron white-tie dinner in Washington…
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was among the politicians and journalists who spoke at Saturday night’s (March 3) annual Gridiron white-tie dinner in Washington D. C. The mayor’s barbs directed toward President Donald Trump and others made national news.
The Washington Post and Associated Press reported Landrieu’s comments at the dinner hosted by the Gridiron Club and Foundation, whose membership is comprised of D. C. journalists, focused on Trump but spared neither self-deprecation nor shots at fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Landrieu compared himself to Trump, saying, “we’re both a little overweight and balding — I just have had an easier time admitting it,” the outlets reported.
After noting the loneliness of the Oval Office post, he said, “I understand lonely because I’m a Democrat from the South,” later adding, “No matter how many times we say it, we don’t drain the swamps either.”
The Post reports Landrieu also joked, “I feel kind of out of place here… More out of place than Mike Pence at a men’s figure skating competition. More out of place than Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin. More out of place than the Mnuchins in a Waffle House. More out of place than Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice. More out of place than John Kelly. Period.”
Trump, who remarked on White House controversies in his own speech at Saturday’s event, saying, “I like chaos,” responded Sunday – in a tweet, naturally – to the previous night’s dinner, calling it “great fun.”
To read full coverage of the Gridion Club dinner, go here or here.
The Associated Press and Washington Post contributed to this report.