March 24th, 2009
07:17 PM ET
13 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. 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 |
  2. Aaron

    As for the reference to the "horror" of bringing up Obama's connection to Ayers during the compaign....

    Do you HONESTLY think, that if the shoe had been on the other foot, Biden wouldn't have been shouting the same refrain??

    March 24, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Merman Hunster

    Where does the press get off trying to put people on the defensive?

    At that dinner, you are supposed to make jokes.

    Just because journalists are not front and center, they must thrust themselves in peoples' faces with vacuous questions.

    Get a job and get a life and stop spitting in the soup.

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

    i guess the republicans will accuse her of being sexist

    March 24, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Ken, Centreville, VA

    Congrats to Governor Granholm, for being governor, and being hot.

    March 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    serah March 24th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

    "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!!!! "

    REALLY??!! So that is why Michigans economy is hot? Sounds like you serah have "smart brains" like Jenny.

    March 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. David

    I'm from Michigan and I've never really been too keen of Granholm. However, I must say kudos.

    Both because she's not backing down because of hyper-sensitivity and because I hate Palin.

    Well done, Granholm.

    March 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. alex erdeljan

    For Governor Granholm to claim that she was, "out of her element as a stand-up comedian", flies in the face of her record for the last six years. She made the state of Michigan a national laughing stock!

    March 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Brad

    Exactly what has the Govenor of Michigan accomplished? She runs a state that has the highest unemplyment in the country, she keeps pushing for still more tax increases and the largest employers are either leaving or on the brink of going under. Quite a resume!

    March 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Pat

    Let's see......

    The economy is crumbling....

    We have two wars going on....
    Some corporate bigwigs just got a 164M payday, courtesy of the taxpayer.....

    People are being evicted from rental properties because of defaults on mortgages by their landlords.....

    More people are laid off and lose their health benefits every month....

    Retirees are reading their investment statements and finding out that they may not be as well off as they thought.....

    But our concern today is whether one governor hurt another governor's feelings with a joke at a Gridiron dinner......

    Everyone with strong feelings about this joke....inappropriate or not.....needs to get a grip.

    Everyone who has an opinion on the "hotness" of governors as opposed to their effectiveness.....needs to get a life.

    March 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Ronald

    Another Michigan Democrat lawmaker-what a JOKE!
    No wonder that state is in financial distress!
    Those rat dems, from the mayors, to the senators, to the governor bankrupt the state via taxes.
    Keep voting for dems, you idiots.

    p.s. Palin is more qualified as a veep candidate than the unvetted barry h. obama as a pres. candidate, and Palin hotter than this butch looking governor from Meechigan.

    March 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Worried about the future

    Shouldn't she be back at home fixing that disaster of a state she supposedly runs?

    March 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Gong Show

    Sad thing is if this was the other way around, the media would be all like "Palin slings mud" and the dems would be crawling over themselves for an apology.

    March 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Mike Jones

    Governor Granholm, you were definitely in your element as a stand up comic. You have been kidding Michigan voters ever since you got re-elected (which was unfortunate). During your campaign you kept repeating that we would all be "blown away" with the turnaround Michigan would make if we would put you back in office. You have done little to nothing, and the way you straddled the Mayor of Detroit issue was typical politico. I didn't vote for you, but I still expected better than what you have done. Sarah Palin is a refreshing change of pace that was given the short end of the stick by all the main strream media because she was honest, forthright, wasn't afraid to say what she believed in, and stood behind it. And now, your cohort, (our)President Obama is taking the United States on a journey to financial oblivion.

    March 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. no corporate politics

    I think it became clear during the last campaign that making fun of women and older people is "all in good fun" as she says. How about people in wheel chairs? Obama hasn't made the call on that yet....

    March 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Ron L

    Now in America WE CAN"T JOKE??
    GET A GRIP!! Have we all become a bunch of overly sensitive politcally correct cry-babies!!

    March 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Steve

    it was a joke...I am sure even Palin would say no biggie. EVERYONE needs to get a sense of humor.

    It was funny because she was trying to tie it to Rendel and let's be honest Granholm is not the hottest governor

    March 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. nicolesuza

    Good for you, Granholm. Enough with the apologies ad nauseum, already! Every other quote is a freaking apology these days.

    March 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Bill

    Funny how no one want to judge how smart a governor is by the financial situation of her state. Michigan, like all liberal state is broke. How smart is that?

    March 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Matthew, Detroit

    The worst governor in the entire USA.

    Singlehandedly chased, COMERICA BANK, Volkswagen, Pfizer, and

    many other companies out of the state.

    Trying to raise additional taxes on business. Loves and caters to unions. Can not get toyota, nissan, or anyone else to build a plant in Michigan.

    She has had Michigan in a recession for 6 years now. This is THE worst governor.

    She should not make jokes about anyone but herself. She is a joke.

    March 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Ole "Granny" is up set since she didn't get any post under the new administration...she shoujld get one post though..." how to mis-manage a state.

    March 24, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. malclave

    Why is this even worthy of notice? The Gridiron Dinner normally has humor like that.

    I'm a Palin supporter, but I don't see that Granholm did anything that even remotely needs an apology for the joke.

    March 24, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. common sense man

    And this from a woman who put the final nail in the coffin of Michigan.... Democrats really do count on ignorant people to lead and make up thier party.......... By the way, the MI Gov. is not even close to being as smart and/or good looking as Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. pete

    Instead of reporting this no issue, why isnt CNN reporting on Geithner tring to take over more Finacial Institutions. If you want to start talking about socialism this is a good start. When they take it all and we are left with nothing dont come crying

    March 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Matthew, Detroit


    I am glad you salute her.

    She is a socialist from Canada.

    She has ruined an entire state.

    She has raised the Welfare rolls. She is terrible.

    She sells boating 5 year boating stickers and spends the money all this year. Yep. That is how she brings in revenue and ruins a state.

    March 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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