Tags: cruz | obama | press | comedy

Cruz Eyes Revenge Against Obama at Gridiron Dinner

Image: Cruz Eyes Revenge Against Obama at Gridiron Dinner

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 02:31 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has agreed to be the Republican speaker at the annual Gridiron Dinner next year and will have the chance to get even with President Barack Obama, who poked fun at him at the event this year, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The venerable Gridiron Club, founded in 1885, is a prestigious journalistic organization in D.C. that is comprised of various newspaper and TV news broadcast bureau chiefs.  Every year the club throws a white-tie and tails dinner consisting of musical skits spoofing politicians, plus comedic and self-deprecating speeches by the president and representatives from each political party.

Last year Obama made quips at Cruz's expense, saying, "With all these new faces, it’s hard to keep track of who is in, who is out. And I know it’s difficult for you guys as reporters. But I can offer you an easy way of remembering the new team. If Ted Cruz calls somebody a communist, then you know they’re in my cabinet."

Cruz, a member of the Republicans' tea party movement, is well--known for his deft touch as an orator. In his college days, he was a national champion debater at Princeton and showed his comedic skills on a circuit where a speaker's wit is often more important than the content of the speech.

He's also won praise for his Supreme Court arguments, and there's no forgetting that he gave a torturous 21-hour filibuster speech in the Senate, resulting in a 16-day government shutdown in his attempt to prevent the launch of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The Morning News pointed out that the dinner provides Cruz the "opportunity to soften his edges." But it warned, "Self-promoters bomb at these sorts of events. Self-deprecators find their reputations enhanced."

Cruz, who is a possible presidential candidate in 2016, is the second Texan in two years to serve as a guest speaker. Texas Gov. Rick Perry salvaged his reputation in Washington following his short-lived presidential bid in 2012 by making fun of himself in a hilarious Gridiron speech.

He called it “the three most exhilarating hours of my life,” and pointed out that even with "the weakest Republican field in history... they kicked my butt."

He added, "But look, I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like another really good-looking man under Texas law."

The Gridiron Dinner, which will be attended by hundreds of political and media luminaries, will be held in Washington on March 15.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Found Guilty of Campaign Law Violations

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 15:40 PM

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business  . . .

Rubio Distances Himself From Cruz, Paul

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 13:21 PM

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio further separated himself from other potential Republican presidential contenders in his chambe . . .

Rubio Breaks Again From Cruz, Paul by Backing Syria Rebel Plan

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 13:00 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio further separated himself from other potential Republican presidential contenders in his chamber by sup . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved