March 24th, 2009
07:17 PM ET
5 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. Ed Word

    Palin set back the cause all of humanity, not just governors.

    March 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Brian

    Palin set back not only hot governors, but women around the world. She is undereducated to hold a high level position, preaches one thing but does another, has a run-around daughter quite happy that Obama extended the CHIP program so her out of wedlock baby has health care and so many others.

    Hot or not, in politics, it's what comes out of your mouth. Palin bruised women in every aspect of public service. This was not a Dem – Rep thing.

    March 24, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. cpanioto

    Hey-where is there anywhere in the story that Palin even heard about the joke, let alone wanted an apology!?? Stop making news out of nothing...private dinner, joke about a rival...THIS IS NOT NEWS..you are creating the illusion of controversy and everyone is falling for it!

    March 24, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Not an issue I care about enough to comment on. Kind of shocked that so many people want to attack or defend on something so trivial.

    But America has become obsessed with trivia and China beats the hell out of us.

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

    I feel that this joke is not funny in any sense, but I am definitely not a supporter of Governor Pain, but she should still be respected as a person

    March 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    She is dead on and has nothing to apologize for. Speaking of apologies though: of course it is none of my business what Republican Governors (hot or otherwise) dicuss. I think that maybe, given the recent seizmic events in Alaska that Bobbie Jindal owes Palin an apology for complaining about volcano watching..... just keep'n it real dog.

    March 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. bethi in alaska

    Sadly the comment from Granholm is more truth than humor.
    Palin gets what she evokes.She alone is responsible for all the jokes, the criticism, and in some cases the intense dislike.
    In reality, Palin is a woman with below average intelligence but with a talent for bluffing that exceeds most.
    In Alaska we are tired of having a mediocre and immature governor.She seriously needs to go.

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

    I guess I don't have to apologize for MY joke about her new book, "Governor Granholm: The Supermodel Years".

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

    Lighten up people...it's a joke. Palin is hot. She knows she's hot and I'm sure she took it as a compliment.

    March 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. serah

    I salute Governor of Michigan for who she is and what she has accomplished personally and as a public servant. The lady has smart brains!!!! she was an attorney, that means she had some good college prep for that and only smart ones make it that far, Palin is good looking but her brains need a lot of work she is slow learner, not academically smart like Jennifer. Palin is Young she can take an online degree course to boost herself, she should not just seat back baking cookies and yapping republican slogans. She needs to move a step further, Does she know how many women would want to have an opportunity to continue education but lack funds?? She has the funds she can enroll in online program to advance her academic Rainbow.

    March 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. CindyLouWho

    Palin better get ready, especially if she still has plans for 2012. Ha!

    March 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. AJ in Austin Tx

    If the roles were reversed, the media would make this an absolute scandal, and would keep repeating the story until Palin apologized.

    March 24, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Laverne

    Will somebody tell me when the republican party, especially Sarah Palin and her divisiveness will apologize to the American people for trying to divide and destroy our country. If there is an apology to go out, it should be that one!

    March 24, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. KYLE

    Seems like every Republican is demanding and apology from someone. They are so on the offensive. Idiots.

    March 24, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Lexie

    What Republican hasn't sought out an apology for one thing or another.

    March 24, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. John

    The last time I look it was all of you republicans who are crying. And no, she shouldn't apologize...for what? Besides Sarah is way hotter than Granholm is.

    March 24, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Ann C

    Sarah Palin and the republicans need to get a sense of humor. Old white men and 1 white woman...sort of ditzy white woman at that.

    Apologize...okay Sarah it is your turn you told alot of lies on the campaign trail.

    Gov Granholm...you go girl!

    March 24, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Raquel

    "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."

    The same goes for the Republicans.

    March 24, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Melissa

    Not that its completely relevant here...but, Palin should never say that she is a victim of sexism. Palin blinked like a childish flirt during the VP debates, and had suggestive body language (rubbing her knee/leg) when meeting with the Prime Minister of Afghanistan when the UN was in session last year. Not to mention that it is not really culturally appropriate to meet a Prime Minister of a Middle Eastern Country while bared-legged.

    The woman is not competent. She may be bright, but she is not competent.

    March 24, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Aaron

    There was no mention of Palin ever ASKING for an apology. Just a stupid MI reporter. I'd rather have an apology for the inference that Granholm is one of the "hot Governors" whose cause was set back. Get over yourself Jenny. You win elections here because you're a Democrat not because you are the least bit attractive or even competent. Oh and one more thing.... MOLEY MOLEY MOLEY!!!!!

    March 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Rene

    Jerry,

    Michigan is a "loser state"? Are you serious?
    Why is the UAW a bunch of losers?

    Talk about issues....

    March 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    typical democratic value. refuse to admit bashing and inappropriate comments but quick yell fire when the other side is critical of their chosen.

    March 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    you democrates are really a mean bunch of folks. very hypocrital in your condemnation af palin (saying she can't take the heat). you are the same bunch who back obama when he says to leave his family alone. what a double standard.

    March 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Legend in my own mind

    Holy smokes! People are upset over a joke at the Gridiron Dinner? What next, a retroactive apology from Groucho Marx's estate for his sexist one-liners??

    And for you people who blame Granholm for "ruining" Michigan's economy–how about YOU try mopping up the mess left by a three-term Republican governor who decimated the tax structure for the benefit of decrepit, backward-looking rust-belt manufacturers? (Oh, yeah–and do it with a Republican House and Senate for your entire first term.)

    March 24, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. SouthernMan

    I think Gov. Granholm is a lot hotter than Gov. Palin, so she should know what she is talking about.
    Gov. Palin forgot that men are interested in a woman with a brain. (right Honey?)

    March 24, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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