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. 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 |
  2. Les in MI

    Sorry, I don't think she has to apologize for this at all. While she may not be as physically "hot" as Palin but Palin can not compare to Granholm intellectually! Linda in MI – How easily you forget! Granholm has had to clean up the mess left by another corrupt Republican John Engler?!?! Sound familiar?

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. AJ in Fla

    Madam, I know hot female governors and you are not one of them..!!!!, however you should look into Detroit's educational systems and use your time to do some good.

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Joyce Becker

    It was all in fun, why do we have to take everything so serriously.

    March 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. William in Missouri

    Oh and I love how people think it is Palin who "can't take the heat". It is not her that is getting upset over this "joke" it is the American, well the ones that have morals, that know this was not a, so called "joke". It was just another way to bash Palin and try to get away with it.
    Yeah she may have dished it out in the fall, but that doesn't mean she deserves people cracking "jokes" at her every five minutes. Didn't your mom ever tell you two wrongs don't make it right? You would think that the democrats would have learned from other's mistakes.


    March 24, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. RSB

    Why should she apologize? Palin never apologized for anything she said during the campaign. She loves spreading hate as long as it works for her of other Repubs.
    And by the way, part of her campaign was to help people with special needs children. What happened to that?

    March 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Disturb

    this article is the biggest waste of reading ever. Why do news outlets constantly take little meaningless events and change a word or two or use a special head line to get people to read such nonsense.

    It is a waste. Why not work on real news, stuff that matters, keep from turning the news further into the gossip column.

    March 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. William in Missouri

    Just apologize and move on.


    March 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Sara

    That was funny!!! Get over it!!!! It's a J-O-K-E!!!

    March 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. David

    I am a democrat and this unprofessionalism , whether its from a right wing talk show host, or Dick Cheney saying F you to Pat Leahy or Democrat Governor Granholm insulting Sarah Palin is really making our whole political system very sophomoric. These people should behave as professionals.

    March 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Scottie B from Big D

    as long as rush limbaugh picks the candidates, as he started with palin, republicans have zero chance in 2012, 2016 ........

    March 24, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. John

    I love it! Governor Granholm has brains and beauty. Palin has... moose stew.

    March 24, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. dumbocrat alert

    moderator–without mentioning her looks, i'll just state that Granholm has a lot of nerve.

    March 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Lynnwood

    Jenny is a FINE-lookin' gov, with the actual smarts to back it up. Her over Palin any day.

    March 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. john

    i live in Michigan, and sure enough, granholm needs to go back to Canada where she came from.

    March 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. SKB

    People, get a grip! Why must every single word be scrutinized? If everything everyone says is subjected to this type of tyranny, forward progress is forever hampered! President Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show, for instance, showed his geniality and charisma, while one minor quip foreshadowed everything. Governor Granholm is intellectually charged and has done very well for her state, during especially tumultuous times. Listen, if we spend every second of every day bickering and bantering over a word here or a slip there, when will we ever move forward? Most of you are simply annoying and have poor knowledge of anything substance-related. Loosen up and focus your energy constructively!

    March 24, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. rob


    Good post.

    These Dems act very smug now after the MSM and the Dem smear machine tried to destroy Palin because she was creating alot of excitement during the campaign.

    Can anybody point out any positives about the once great state of Michigan since this woman became Gov.........I thought not.

    March 24, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. rob verdi

    too bad Michigan is a disaster compared to Alaska.

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

    Granholm has run her state into the ground, and MI now has one of the highest unemployment rates. Gov. Palin, on the other hand, resisted democrat demand that they do on a spending spree when oil prices were high, and instead put $7 billion into savings for when oil prices were lower. Gov. Palin also forward funded eduction so when oil prices dropped and she was forced to cut her budget, education was well protected. Palin has also rejected about a third of the so called stimulus because what she rejected had nothing to do with stimulating the economy, just growing government, and saddling the states with unfunded mandates in a couple of years.

    As for the joke, who cares, it is only the media making a big deal out of it, no one else. I hope Granholm isn't so delusional that she actually thinks of herself as hot.

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

    To Scott the Independent, you may want to check your news, there's an online petition against Obama at Notre Dame's commencement. I guess not every one is so taken with him.
    Back to the topic, maybe Michigan's governor could take some lessons regarding successful management of a state from Gov Palin.

    March 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. KG, Twin Cities

    Why not drag the speaker at that fancy New York dinner that made fun of President Obama's big ears through the mud? Huh? Because it was Mr. Obama speaking. It's called a sense of humor.

    March 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Roland Farrr

    Jennifer Granholm IS a joke! She said,"I'm not a standup!" Boy, how correct can anyone be, she is not a "standup" anything! As a retired person living in Michigan, I had seen how she has plundered this State!

    It will be interesting to see just how long it takes the "Liberal" voters to realize just what a mess this fiasco of an administration has gotten us into!

    March 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Sarah

    I love Granholm, and she's right not to apologize.

    She is very smart and works hard for her state. If there wasn't a rule about the President having to be born in the US, I would be saying Granholm 2012. But unfortunately she was born in Canada, so that would be outrageous right? Hmmm well I guess we'll miss out on this great leader.

    March 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Piper

    The Republican party has become nothing but cry babies.

    March 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Chris Comment

    Why is everyone is so serious? Why does everyone expect apologies these days? Say something and mean it. Stand behind it. Show a backbone. I'm glad someone is not apologizing for something they shouldn't have to apologize about. And why are all the Palin backers always up in arms. Palin was a one trick pony. The Democrats are begging her to run in 2012 because a donkey could beat her, she has already been proven on a national stage not to be worth a fill in the blank as you wish... And everyone should be concerned about Michigan, it is part of this awesome country we call America, it deserves to be treated as so and is not a joke. The pain experienced there is not good and hopefully will be contained and I pray they get things right and get out of this mess.

    March 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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