Gridiron Wrap

Photo by Janet Donovan
T.H. Jim Moran, Director of Public Diplomacy the Embassy of Qater, Ambassador Esther Coopersmith
T.H. Jim Moran, Director of Public Diplomacy the Embassy of Qater, Ambassador Esther Coopersmith

“This is our second year of hosting this Gridiron Club event,” said T. Dean Reed at a brunch at The Four Seasons in Washington, DC co-hosted by The Embassy of the State of Qatar. “Gridiron, as you know, has nothing to do with football.  It’s a news organization that had its 134th dinner last night. It originated in 1885 when Grover Cleveland was President. I am privileged to be a senior member but it’s not true that I’ve been to all the dinners.”

 

The dinner draws about 1,000 guests every year made up of journalists, lawmakers, administration folks and lots of boldface names that congregate in White Tie and are actually cordial to each other despite the political barbs that fly in numerous skits.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat now running for President claimed: “My speech will be shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to Orchid’s Day Spa.”  After a bite back about the New York Times story on how she treats her staff and the eating her salad with a comb incident she hit back: “I’m telling you. You guys haven’t lived until you’ve toasted a bagel with a blow dryer or ironed a grilled cheese sandwich on an ironing board.”

 

Ivanka Trump on being born into a life of luxury: “The press seems to think it is ironic that I, born of great privilege, think people want to work for what they are given,” she said, “as if being Donald Trump’s daughter isn’t the hardest job in the world.”

The Club’s motto is “singe, not burn.”