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. Bill Briggs

    I did not see or hear Sarah Palin complaining. I agree, it was just a joke, made in fun at the Gridiron dinner. Pretty normal.

    Another example of reporters trying to make news, instead of reporting it.

    March 24, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Joe-what was I thinking, the democrat - ouch!

    I don't know; are any of the democrats; including the big "One" in Washington doing anything other than joking? The reality of "Obma's Change you can believe in" is turning out to be "Change the Country May Never Recover From!" The fools in this country who elected these incompetent (Obama, Pelosi, Barney Frank, Granholm, Blegoyovich, Conyers, Cheeks-Kilpatrick, et al) professional left wing politicians to office, are ruining our world. That's the real joke, and the joke is on you. Are you laughing yet? No apoligies necessary; it's time to be afraid, very afraid. Granholm governs a state of "Haters" and "Racists". lol. These people can't be governed.
    Kwamie, there is a governorship waiting for you. Your mom and your people will get your criminal butt elected and I know your family will continue to be laughing all the way to the bank. Michigan isn't completely ruined yet; but it's close. That is the sad truth; no apologies necessary; just prayers. Our way of life is dying before your eyes.

    March 24, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Rene

    To Ronald...California is also in dire straights...and guess who's running this state? an idiot republican! Arnold Schwarzenegger...whom i've NEVER voted for or his initiates a few years back! You repubs support the rich and spit on everyone're all delusional.

    March 24, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Linda Schatzer

    This is to Kate...if you had done your homework you would know that Alaska leads the country in unemployment. So your little lying darling Palin isnt all she is cracked up to be. She is nothing but a corrupt and lacking of morals to get what she wants. So please...dont think Graholm should apologize for anything. I mean come on repubs...Palin is the queen of hatred spewing and you all know it. This woman is the most inept she is changing her mind on taking the stimulus money because her political ploy didnt work with her now it is ok to take the money. Well Im sorry but if that is all it takes for her to change her mind you can have her. Least Obama sticks to his guns and doesnt let anyone change what he believes in. Palin changes her ideas like she changes her underwear. She is nothing but a joke.

    March 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Robin

    Seriously! She probably thinks she's hot. Looking at her, I think she should look in the mirror before she berates and puts down anyone else! Ewwww...

    March 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Samantha

    Michigan was a miserable place and Jenny made the State a ghetto.

    God Bless Sarah Palin!

    March 24, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Drew Dubya

    I love all the comments from the politically correct Republicans here, just itching to have their feelings hurt so they can be righteously indignant about something.

    And such an incredibly surprising reaction, too, coming from people who think the only good Democrats are the dead Democrats ...

    March 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. joe sexpack

    You, Jennifer Granholm, are no Sarah Palin.

    March 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. John in alaska

    I need a bumper sticker that says "My governor is better looking than your governor-not as smart-but better looking"

    March 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Paul in Louisville

    Palin deserves all the ribbing she can get. Not only has she set back "hot governors", she's set back a) Alaska, b) the GOP and she's offensive to most thinking people in America.

    March 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Tom R

    She just made the joke because she thinks she's as hot as Palin. It's all good fun wannabe stuff. Chill.

    March 24, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Kade

    I wouldn't apologize either, facts are facts.

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Dakota Kyle Evans

    CQ Press' list of the 10 MOST DANGEROUS states just out:

    No. 2 Louisiana
    No. 3 South Carolina
    No. 7 Alaska

    Seems those states were in the news recently, oh yeah, the REPULICAN governors of these three states turned down some of the stimulus money that could have been used to save jobs of the police or expand the number of police.

    That would be Jindal, Sanford and Palin.

    All are considered to be in the running for the Republican candidate for the presidency in 2012. Just more evidence that neo-cons put the good of the repub party first and foremost and the let's the little guy fend for himself, literally!

    Too bad all 3 of these governors put a higher priority on their Presidential aspirations than literally the physical safety of the citizens of their respective states.

    Sad, when political posturing trumps the safety of America's citizens!

    March 24, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. MD

    All the folks who are so insulted should realize that this stuff has been happening in DC forever. We just didn't have 24/7 cable news telling us every scary or stupid detail.

    March 24, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Philthy

    Jenny, I don't think you should apologize. You should just go back to Canada! Here is for being TERMED OUT!!!

    March 24, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Gene

    I hope people aren't offended by this. This dinner is equivalent to a roast they do for actors. If Palin truly can't take a harmless joke like that.. that's her problem.

    March 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. KW, Vail AZ

    Republicans don't have ideas, don't have a sense of humor, and .... well I can't think of anything they do have.

    March 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. lee norris

    woman, you are out of your league. gov sarah palin must be a threat for you as a woman. she can walk circles around you. why don't you pick on someone of you size?

    March 24, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. CF

    Considering all the much worse things Palin has said about people, sometimes seriously and sometimes "as a joke," theres no reason this simple humorous comment at her expense should be apologized for.

    March 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. James Blair

    You stupid democrats should get off Sarah Palin back and let her get on with her duties as Governor of Alaska. When the Republicans take over the house and senate in 2010 and then in 2012 Governor Palin will be our 45th President of the United States of America we will see what you stupid dems in Michigan have to say then. The Governor of Michigan is going down the drain with the big auto companys.

    March 24, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Brian B

    I love how the "right" err I mean "wrong" like to say that Palin is doing a great job in Alaska. And of course their next statement is how Granholm is doing terrible in Michigan based on the budget, unemployment, the big 3, etc. Yea, it must be tough managing a state with a population smaller than Hawii and pure gold in OIL and land. Oh, and by the way Alaska is a welfare state. It gets more federal tax dollars per/capita than my state- MI. Yea that must be a tough gig trying to decide how to spend all the oil revenues. Granholm has real issues and I bet she wouldn't mind trading places sometimes. Palin is the joke–the only apology I would look for is from John McShame for picking her as a running mate.

    March 24, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. ayburke

    No need to apologize Governor. What you said was funny and TRUE.

    March 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Christina

    Gov. Palin's decent and committed, but she hurt the cause of enlightened, educated, and professional women generally.

    March 24, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Tim

    @ Greg Smith
    "The Democratic party is going to have a big surprise in the 2010 election when the Republicans take over the House and Senate."

    You wont win diddly squat because your party's ideas FAILED and you have no new Ideas.
    Your party's blind fetish for Sarah is just a joke to the rest of us.
    The refrain of 'No' will not be enough to win anything, my friend.
    The GOP is dead

    March 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Caral from SoCal

    As news consumers, we need to realize that if there is no news to report, the media will come up with SOMETHING to keep us tuned in. And, since no reporters actually understand the economics behind our current fiscal crisis – and few citizens do either – we have this fluff piece.

    Great. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Our country is snipping over politicians' looks while the debt is monetized. Sigh. Talk about taxation with representation! The children who will be paying this debt are not even a twinkle in their daddies' eyes.

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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