March 24th, 2009
07:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Granholm not apologizing for Palin joke

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm made the joke at a Washington dinner on Saturday.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm made the joke at a Washington dinner on Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said she won't apologize to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for her crack at last weekend's Gridiron Dinner that the former Republican vice presidential candidate "really set back the cause of hot governors."

At the exclusive Washington dinner on Saturday, which was packed with top elected officials, Granholm also used the quip to needle Pennsylvania's governor. "You know where I'm coming from, Ed Rendell," she said.

A Michigan reporter asked Granholm if she planned to apologize to Palin, according to a Tuesday report in the Detroit News.

"No," Granholm said. "It was all in good fun."

Despite positive reviews for her comedy routine, Granholm said the she was a bit out of her element in the role.

"I'm not a stand-up. It was a bit of a stretch for me," she said.

Granholm played the role of Palin in Joe Biden's vice presidential debate prep sessions last year.


Filed under: Jennifer Granholm • Sarah Palin
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Granholm belongs to a loser state...worthless UAW types who think the world (and the Motor companies) owes them a living. Liberals deserve each other.

    March 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    This is what the disgusting members of the Democratic does. Defeat the opposition by getting personal. The Democratic party is going to have a big surprise in the 2010 election when the Republicans take over the House and Senate.

    March 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. ED FL

    The one good thing that can be said about Palin is that she is the most impressive looking person in the GOP. Compared to all the wooses of male GOP'ers she looks like she is the strongest in the party. The male GOP group are the least inspiring group of politicos that have ever been representing the american people. Senod most impressive is probably Bailey Hutchinson.

    March 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Billy, md

    My goodness, it was a joke. And a pretty funny one at that. Should she apologize to Rendell, too?

    March 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Sue

    I believe it was a joke, folks. The only reason someone would take offense at this is because Palin has become a caricature, mostly by her own doing. You noticed how long that idiotic pseudo-documentary about the media trashing Palin stayed in the headlines...about three minutes. Palin is responsible for her family, her decisions, and the storm around her...not the media, not Democrats, who mostly stayed clear of any trashing during the fall, and not Granholm. Palin needs to take care of that group of kids and grandkids, govern Alaska to the best of her ability, and keep her name OUT of the headlines for a while.

    March 24, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Sandra Sims

    She is right about being out of her element. She can't compare to Palin. She should wish she could compete.

    March 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Gracie, MD

    I AGREE, this was all a comedic night folks, let's move on and stop making more out of NOTHING!! Jesus, we have more important issues to nip and pick over something so stupid as this.

    March 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    If Palin can't take the heat, get out of Politics. We know that Palin can dish it out, but it becomes more and more clear that she cannot take it.

    March 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Ted

    Palin is a decent and competent person. That is why the media attacks her. Oh and she is a conservative. I would rather have her as President than Obama.

    March 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Linda of Michigan

    At least Palin hasn't destroyed her state like the great govenor of Michigan. Ignorant woman go back to Canada.

    March 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Diane

    I'm truly not sure what she's being expected to apologize for in the first place.

    March 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Effra

    I am a Sarah Palin fan, but I don't believe that Granholm needs to apologize. It was a night of humor. And, Sarah Palin is hot. (Hotter than Granholm, I might add.)

    March 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Patrick

    " Defeat the opposition by getting personal"

    Would you like me to relate to you how Chelsea Clinton and other democrats have been attacked personally? Big baby... you can't take it.

    "Socialists destroying country"

    You broke it... we'll fix it... because you've already proven your party can't govern.

    March 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Apologize fo speaking the truth??? I don't think so.

    March 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Big Ed

    Sylvia, you really don't know what you are talking about. Palin can dish it out plenty, but when she gets it back, she is hurt. Look at all the trash she talked during the campaign and she's still a-yappin. And she is still playing the victim.

    If she said anything of any redeeming value, it would be different. She is just a paranoid, egotisticall, loudmouthed wanna-be. You betcha!

    March 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Dave in Ohio

    She's just a Palin wannabe.

    March 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Michigan Jim

    I've voted against Granholm twice now. She's done zero for six years now as my state's economy has tubed. The only good thing is that, by doing nothing, she's also avoided Obama's statist policies and deficits.

    Having said that, it was a joke. Also, Palin is much hotter.

    March 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Gary Coleman

    Jennifer Granholm wishes she was as hot as Palin. Talk about a winner in a dogfight. Granholm will win hands down!

    March 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    I'm just sitting here thinking about how Sarah Palin would have handled all this financial crisis situation if she were President.... and the thought actually scares me.

    March 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. ZELDA

    Does this woman think she is hot......take a closer look lady!

    Also, we have become a country of "cupcakes" always whining about an offence–get some back bone America. Especially if Mr. Obama is going to be around for the next 3 years-the fodder for offence will be overwhelming to the faint hearted.

    March 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Douglas Fisher

    arrogance is no substitution for intelligence

    March 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Jared

    I can't believe some people actually think of Palin as a 2012 candidate. Actually, I can believe it. They are the same people who voted for Bush. Twice! Ignorance is bliss...

    March 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Obama

    Palin is one of those that cant take a joke and laugh with it.. she has to cry "FOUL"!!! IF you cant crack jokes about yourself and laugh at those that others crack about you.. then you have some serious issues. For one you have low self esteem... among others. So do we really want someone with Issues like Palin in office?? NO WAY!!

    March 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. arithmetic is liberal

    JamesJ March 24th, 2009 3:57 pm ET

    This is great news!! A liberal with an actual sense of humor! Such a nice change from the angry, shrill, hateful, rabid, morose buggers that make up most of her party. Now if we can just get them all to smile once in a while, inject them with a healthy dose of common sense, and get them to see the errors of their ways, they might not be such an abhorrent group of sore winners.

    WOW! Point, and subsequent criticism taken!
    This liberal agrees: liberals need to have a better sense of humor.

    If the right wing could come up with some jokes that didn't depend on racism or sexism, I'd be inclined to laugh.

    I also have this crazy theory that if you got a bunch of liberals and conservatives together in the same room, they would maybe laugh at eachother's jokes.

    March 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. She can take it with the best!

    Anonymous March 24th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

    If Palin can't take the heat, get out of Politics. We know that Palin can dish it out, but it becomes more and more clear that she cannot take it.
    __________________

    Sarah Palin didn't say anything about the comment. If you read the article it says that a member of the media asked Granholm if she was going to apologize.

    Sarah Palin has showed that she can take it. I mean she even went on Saturday Night Live.

    March 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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