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obama pokes fun at Woodward, press grumbles in Gridiron speech
by Dylan Byers,
March 10, 2013
President Obama took more than a few lighthearted digs at the Washington press corps in his Saturday night speech at the Gridiron Club's annual white-tie dinner, including a long riff on Bob Woodward, who recently suggested White House aide Gene Sperling had threatened him in an email.
"We noticed that some folks couldn’t make it this evening. It's been noted that Bob Woodward sends his regrets, which Gene Sperling predicted," the president said to the laughter of the room, according to an official transcript provided by the White House. "I have to admit this whole brouhaha had me a little surprised. Who knew Gene could be so intimidating? (Laughter.) Or let me phrase it differently — who knew anybody named Gene could be this intimidating? (Laughter)"
"Now I know that some folks think we responded to Woodward too aggressively," the president continued. "But hey, when has — can anybody tell me when an administration has ever regretted picking a fight with Bob Woodward? (Laughter.) What’s the worst that could happen? (Laughter and applause.)"
President Obama also made light of the press corps' grumbles about acess and transparency.
"Now, since I don’t often speak to a room full of journalists — (laughter) — I thought I should address a few concerns tonight," he said. "Some of you have said that I’m ignoring the Washington press corps — that we're too controlling. You know what, you were right. I was wrong and I want to apologize in a video you can watch exclusively at whitehouse.gov. (Laughter.)"
"While we’re on this subject, I want to acknowledge Ed Henry, who is here — who is the fearless leader of the Washington press corps now. (Applause.) And at Ed’s request, tonight I will take one question from the press," he said. "Jay, do we have a question? (Laughter.) Surprisingly, it’s a question from Ed Henry. (Laughter.) “Mr. President, will you be taking any questions tonight?” (Laughter.) I'm happy to answer that. No, Ed, I will not. (Laughter.)"
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