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. Sue M

    NO need to say your sorry to Palin, "What" Palin can dish stuff out about others but when some one says something about her even in fun, she expects an apology.........maybe some thinks she is good looking (I don't) but for sure she has no brains.........so good looks might get her somewhere with a bunch of men in a bar, but with no brains she won't get far in the political world......

    March 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Kevin

    After the statements that Palin said over the presidential campaign, she's lucky that a shoe wasn't thrown at her!!!!

    March 24, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Maggie

    Jennifer Granholm, sometimes jokes border on the ugly side. You really should appolize to Gov Palin. Have you ever felt the blunt of an off handed ugly joke? If not it is not too late you know. Things have a ways of coming back to bite the one who issued the joke.

    March 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Scott the Independent

    @J.S. I don't think you read – whatever it is you read – correctly. President Barack Obama will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. May 17 – has Sara Palin also been invited to speak?

    @Palin 2012 – every independent and democrat really hopes she is the GOP's next pick for a presidential run – we have our fingers crossed.

    @K.L – with GOD as your witness do you really believe democrats are the most hypcritical party of the two?

    After the slanders of the GOP that have been on going for the past two years and after Palin's "pal around with terrorist (when the man was never convited of being a terrorist by OUR LAWS)" and no apology from anyone in the GOP for any of the lies spread why should an apology even be considered – it was just comedy. U know what they say – comedy is having a laugh at reality.

    March 24, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. candian pov

    Your country is going to hell in a hand basket. What a waste of time to even report on this soft ball story. Bush and Cheney got away with destroying almost everything that they touched but there was no outrage like there is when Caribou Barbie's feelings get hurt. Ridiculous!

    March 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Franky

    Is alright, Gov Palin apologized before...then she didn't but then she did or I think she did or didn't, am I right? LOL!!!

    Boy, that's kind of hot...

    March 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. kate

    CNN you really are the cartoon news network

    Why not compare the approval ratings of these two govenors?
    Have any banks in Alaska gone belly up? No
    How about employment stats? No comparison, Michigans a joke.

    How about a nice "Tea Party " for the Gov. in Michigan? Palin can be the guest speaker. LOL!

    March 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Other Jean

    Isn't the purpose of this dinner to roast each other?

    March 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. MA

    Granholm is right. She is out of her element as a GOVERNOR. She promised Michigan to give her 4 more years and they will be blown away. Is that why Michigan has lost more residents than any other state in the union? They were blown away?

    March 24, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Ellie

    Since the Republicans have become the minority, they demand apologies at every turn. Their feathers ruffle more easily. Cry babies.

    March 24, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. AP in Illinois

    Sarah Palin's just being governor is a joke that will last until November of 2012 when Obama wins a second term by a landslide. It won't be until then that the GOP will finally 'get it.'

    March 24, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. AP in Illinois

    Sarah Palin just being governor is a joke that will last until November of 2012 when Obama wins a second term by a landslide. It won't be until then that the GOP will finally 'get it.'

    March 24, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Meltem

    I don't think Palin deserves an apology because I think she can take it. It wan't that big of an insult. What I have a problem with are all the ugly, mean comments that are posted. One can have differing opinions and disagree regarding how to get to the same goal but to call people names and say how stupid they are is really unbecoming. Just because one does not expreience any repercussions on the internet for saying anything that comes to your mind does not make it right to do so. When individuals express such horrible things, it makes me dislike the other side even more than I already do. Thanks for galvanizing me.

    March 24, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Carole

    You GO Girl!!!! Palin tells lies about someone when they are 8 years old and spews hate with the 'Palin round with terrorist' remark. All the while her house is so out of order. Then, she gets her feathers ruffled over a slip that many of us have made over our Special needs babies. All the while, she turns down monies that will benefit Special Needs so she can have political gain. I hope Alaska gets rid of her.

    Palin IS a joke!

    March 24, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Jason Kulczyk

    I love politics, but attraction aka hotness, doesn't enter in to the equation for me. Somebody should let the governors know that it doesn't factor in to their equations either. Not for years, at least.

    March 24, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Karen

    How low can you go, Governor Granholm? Humor such as this towards another female governor that has brought dignity to politics is not welcome.

    March 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. arithmetic is liberal

    Jerry March 24th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

    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.

    I'd rather get a share of the profits I helped create than bend down to kiss the ring of the wealthy, thank you.

    March 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Patrick S. - Richmond, VA

    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm isn't as hot as Governor Palin, so she need not worry about cause being set back.

    March 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Granholm isn't so hot herself and Palin can't do any worse then the Dem are doing right now...Obama is going to change this country infact hes going to sell this country to Europe. One we unite our dollar with there Euro its over folks no more USA

    March 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. T

    Okay.... I am not taking sides but Jennifer Granholm should grow up
    and focus her energy different issues....

    March 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. matt

    Granholm isn't so hot herself and Palin can't do any worse then the Dem are doing right now...Obama is going to change this country infact hes going to sell this country to Europe. One we unite our dollar with there Euro its over folks no more USA

    March 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. K

    Sarah Palin is a trivia question and nothing more.

    March 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. ns

    good no need to apologize for the TRUTH

    March 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Pam for America & Obama

    Get a grip folks it was a joke and Palin is not "hot" anyway. A person is much more than a face and a body. As soon as Palin opens her mouth any "hot" she may have had vanishes.

    March 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. joe

    Has anyone taken a look at Granholm? If I were her I would stay away from the whole looks thing.

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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