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

Granholm not apologizing for Palin joke

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. christi might want to do a little more homework on the state of Alaska before you tout how great the governor is running it...just a thought.

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. maria-campbell hall, ny

    Are there any news channels available? I work with people quoting opinions aired on cable news programs. Who cares if one politican apologizes to another politican. I am worry about my 401K and gainful employment.

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. DonnaC

    Wow....must be the Republican's day for whining. I am amazed, AMAZED how any of you crybaby Repubs actually believe Palin is even worth talking about. Are you serious here, or just have nothing else to whine about. Get used to Mr. Obama or go live somewhere else. You just can't stand the fact that the majority of Americans are sick to death of you Republicans and your narrow-minded view of things. Your way or no way, right? Bush is back in his ****kickin' Texas where he belongs. Give it a rest! And throw Rumsfeld and Cheney in jail where THEY belong.

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Lia

    That is what the gridiron gathering is about – ham it up! No need for an apology.

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Joe In Washington

    bahahhahahhahahahhaha this MI Governor thinks she's hot?!?! – or wait is that the joke? Sarah Palin is a much better leader then Jennifer- her state is a ghetto thanks to her. Sarah Palin has done so much for her state and God willing will be able to get us out of this casket that Obama is burying our country in.

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2012!

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Pittsburgh

    How utterly ridiculous! That reporter DECIDED she was going to have a headline. She would get one no matter what Granholm's repsonse was. Granholm could have:

    1. Apologized
    2. Refused to apologize
    3. Answered "no comment"
    4. Called the reporter out in the exact way I'm doing now.

    No matter what, she gets a headline.

    I hope whoever pays that woman's paycheck realizes just how empty her reporting is. There was a time when journalism meant something.

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Perusing-through

    You did good Gov. Jennifer Granholm, we back you all the way. This "political correctness" thing has gone too far! And why should we be sensitive to Sarah “Airhead Attitude” Palin, when she still has not apologized for inciting violent rallies against President Obama during the campaign?

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. maria-campbell hall, ny

    Sarah Palin is a ambitious woman lacking in all understanding. Good luck for those who think she could do anything but live in Alaska and eat moose stew. She will never get my vote -

    March 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Kelly

    Linda....Alaska does not even make the top five for unemployment, check your facts.

    March 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Just Bob

    You don't apoligize for "jokes" but, you DO apoligize for inciting hate....(which is what Palin did.)

    March 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    I think Granholm would do well to keep her mouth shut when it comes to criticizing Palin, or any other governor. She has been a disaster for Michigan. Incidentally, how IS Michigan doing compared to Alaska and other states? See what I mean?

    March 24, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. I Am The Great And Powerful Wizard Of Rush

    James Blair @ 5:47: I just bet you are looking forward to Obama's second inauguration in just 46 months.

    March 24, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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