January 29th, 2009
01:59 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama and Palin attending same weekend dinner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/29/art.getty.palin.waving.jpg caption=" Gov. Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama will be at the annual Alfalfa Club Dinner Saturday night here in the nation's capital."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Guess who's attending the same dinner this weekend?

President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

Both will be at the annual Alfalfa Club Dinner Saturday night here in the nation's capital. The club has a small exclusive membership, and a raucous annual black-tie dinner that’s technically off the record.

George W. Bush was an annual attendee of the dinner, and Barack Obama is expected to keep that tradition alive this weekend.

The dinner is just one of a number of events that the former Republican vice presidential nominee will attend on her trip to Washington this weekend.

In a statement released yesterday, the Alaska governor's office says Palin will show up at "a number of non-partisan functions" and will also visit "with her D.C. staff to continue discussions concerning the president's stimulus package and Alaska dollars."

Palin is slated to attend a dinner Friday night at the residence of Fred and Marlene Malek. Fred Malek is a businessman who served Republican presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush. High-profile guests from both political parties are expected to attend the function.

The governor's office also says Palin will attend a luncheon at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Saturday before heading over the to Alfafa Dinner.


Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Pat

    This title is misleading and a bit scarey. I at first thought the president was asking Sara Palin to meet over dinner.. I am very glad to know it is not the case.

    January 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Sal Akpos

    YEAH!! Since she was so insistent about him NOT QUALIFIED, and PALLING AROUND WITH TERRORISTS..why is she interested in meeting with such a guy? Wow...whatever happened to principle?

    January 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Larry

    I wonder if she is going to charge the state of Alaska to fly her whole family to Washington to attend this one as well.

    January 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Vicki, Michigan

    Would love to have him ask her "what she thinks about a community organizer now".

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. dannyboy

    You lost, get over it.

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. BOJ Jr From Raleigh

    I hope they don't let her give a speech, I hear she is not too good at giving any especially for ones that require some knowledge of a particular topic.

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. melissa

    She needs to stay home and keep an eye on Russia.

    January 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Jeff

    She isn't smarter than Obama, is she the governor of Alaska or not. What is she doing in DC?

    January 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. jessica cole-durante

    I would love to be a fly on the wall in those dinners.

    January 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. paula Wesley

    Obama will invite she and her family to the White House for dinner soon. He's that type of guy.

    January 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Gwunder

    The article says they are going to be at the same event. No mention of a meeting; even if they did meet of what value would it be?

    January 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. LMS

    Can someone make her just GO AWAY.

    January 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Chris, Albany, NY

    The president should definitely thank Palin for accepting Sen. McCain's invitation to run for VP. Her general world view (if she has one at all) and knowledge base (or lack there of) I think helped keep people from voting for Sen. McCain.

    Obama '12

    January 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Bob the Observer

    It amuses me that most people who post in these blogs end up quoting Tina Fey instead of Sarah Palin.

    Some of you need to show the same maturity of our President that you voted for, and get on with your little lives. Sarah Palin got where she was because of her intelligence, integrity, and willingness to serve.

    If she were as dumb as many of you pretend she is, she would be spending all day posting hate mail here instead of serving as governor of one of our states.

    January 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Betty

    She is going to continue to embarras herself?! Unbelievable!!

    January 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Laverne

    To John, Virginia: Please, more qualified than Obama to do what?? Certainly not being president. She wouldn't even be competent enough to put together a cabinet let alone run the White House. You are right, she is honest.... honest to God unqualified to be president!

    January 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Mark

    I see we have another political parrot. Palin never said "she could see Russia from her house." That was Tina on SNL. As educated and well informed as any Obama voter I see.

    January 29, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Mason Jahr

    "Alaska dollars"? The currency in Alaska is not USD? No one wishes that Ms. Palin stays in Alaska. Alaska deserved better than that.

    January 29, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. cheesehead

    all politics..really..this country is out of control...

    January 29, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Robin

    To: Just a Thought – the media always addressed President Bush as "Bush" so get over yourself and quit trying to make something out of nothing. And if your intent on being so politically correct then the heading should be "President Obama and Governor Palin" This Obama loving crap is insane. The man is NOT GOD!

    January 29, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Andy Pyburn

    Isn't it Gov. Sarah Palin or just Sarah Palin?

    January 29, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. artichoke

    Can' she discuss this in Alaska? Who's paying for it and is her family going along for the ride also?

    January 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Jess

    Why is everyone still so angry with Sarah Palin? She is doing what she is supposed to do... her job. All of the republicans that did not vote Obama have excepted that he is our president and respect that.. you do not see comments dogging him out... so, why can't y'all give her a break already. If you did not like her, you should be glad that she did not win and get over it. Get a life already. And if you don't like that CNN is still talking about her...then why not just stop reading it. No one is making you click on this story and read it.

    January 29, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. carol

    Who cares, I bet she will be winking!!!

    January 29, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Linking her name with the President's gives her some sort of legitimacy to which she is not entitled. CNN, you are really starting to make me sick. There are 49 other governors you can talk about. Pick one more worthy.

    January 29, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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