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. lost in Texas FOREVER

    why would Gov Palin want to eat dinner with a guy that she accused of "palling aroud with terroists"? And that was one of the NICER things she said about him. Well let bygones be bygones I guess.

    January 29, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Joshua College Station Texas

    Why won't this woman just go away?! Stop reporting on her CNN! Let's move on to new and more important things, like who is currently in office making decisions, not leftover has-beens trying to get unnecessary press coverage!

    January 29, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Travis Cowsill

    Sarah...Please, sugar bumps...just go home.

    January 29, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Smarter than That

    Are the taxpayers still paying for this bimbo to jet around?

    January 29, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Marie

    I can't beleive that she is attending a dinner with the same candidate that she said pals around with terriost ..SUCH A HYPOCRITEf.I hope she's not asked by anyone attending this dinner what magazines she's read lately because she'll probably say the
    Obama /Spider Man comic book by Marvel

    January 29, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mike

    Does this mean that Palin pals around with people that pal around with terrorists?

    January 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Outspoken

    Cool. Obama gets to be in the presence of REAL PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. Maybe he'll learn something.

    January 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Tsiona

    I agree with JUST A THROUGH, but in fairness, why not address all of our public leaders by their appropriate titles. President Obama and Governor Palin, etc. The media could be more respectful of our governoring leadership, in general. I think I noticed this trend back when Bill Clinton was our sitting president. You would think they [media] are on a first name basis of familiarity. How arrogant!

    January 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Tristan

    Please... PLEASE let her give a recorded speech. I could use a good laugh... Will Katie Couric and Jack Cafferty be there as well!?

    January 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Someone who has a journalism degree is WAY more qualified than the former president of the Harvard Law Review. Pfft!

    John, Virginia January 29th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

    Hope so – she's still more qualified than Obama, and she's honest too.

    January 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Kimberly

    She is a Governor of god sake; she is more intelligent than most who have posted here. What the hell are you people so scared of that you have to tear an honest woman down?? She was offered a shot and took it….that is the American Dream after all isn’t it?

    January 29, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. wakeupamerica

    CNN please! Show some respect and address our President as President Obama. He is not on the same level as Palin.

    January 29, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Roxy

    Her hypocrisy knows no bounds. Maybe President Obama can explain the Bush Doctrine to her. She is disgusting! GO AWAY SARAH!

    January 29, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. littleone

    OMG... it's funny why she is attending it's for pals the watergate and waterboarding presidents...Alaska aren't you guys in need of her asistance, maybe for some more free taxes, condoms, drugs, guns.

    January 29, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Wendy

    Thanks to John, Virginia – I agree! As for all the liberals – if you don't like her so much than why do you spend so much time talking about her?! Leave her alone!

    January 29, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. BL

    I am sure that President Obama will be gracious and respectful, neither of which are qualities that Sarah Palin has ever exemplified.

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

    Would someone PLEASE get this bimbo off the news? Aren't there more important things for President Obama to do like fix the economy, global warming, end the war in Iraq? Everyone needs to stop paying attention to this twinkie and she'll fade away...

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

    Hello it's, PRESIDENT OBAMA and Governor Palin, let's show are new President some respect please!

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

    TO: John form Virginia-Hope so – she’s still more qualified than Obama, and she’s honest too. --

    HEY JOHN Let's BE realistic!!! DON'T FOOL YOURSELF...ENJOY

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

    "President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin."

    CNN- if you are going to refer to Barack Obama as "President Barack Obama," then please show Sarah Palin the same respect by refering to her as GOVERNOR Sarah Palin.

    She is still the CEO of Alaska, even if she did lose the election. Please she her some respect.

    January 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Theresa in DeSoto, TX

    John in Virginia, give up the ghost! Didn't you get the memo, read the news flash...no one is ever "more qualified" to become President of the United States because no one has ever done the job before! And it's sweet to know you're a loyal fan of "honest" Sarah – how special!

    January 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Brian

    Why does Sarah Palin pal around with Joe the Plumber?

    I suppose she wants to pal around with anyone these days.

    What a tool !

    January 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Eric

    TO JUSTATHROUGH: Do you mean "President Obama and Governor Palin"?

    January 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Lori

    For the LAST time you dimwitted Democrats, TINA FEY Said "I can see Russia from my house!" on SNL, SARAH PALIN did not say this!

    Also, this article said Palin & Obama would be attending the same dinner, so don't know where "paling around" could be insinuated into that.

    Seriously, the Palin Derangement Syndrome needs to stop.

    January 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Tom in Pennsylvania

    I wonder if she will apologize for all the nasty and incorrect things she said about him. Remember the "palling around with terrorists."

    January 29, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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