It's not a done deal yet, but President Obama is looking to break a long-standing Washington tradition of attending the annual Gridiron Dinner, where reporters do silly skits and even the president gets in the act. Instead, FishbowlDC tells us that his daughters, Sasha and Malia, start spring break the weekend of the dinner, March 21, and that he's taking them home to Chicago. One of our Gridiron sources cautions that the White House hasn't made its mind up yet—but it's more likely the prez will bow to his kids' wishes than the media's.
Here's what our friends at FishbowlDC report:
Pres. Obama Will Not Attend Annual Gridiron Dinner, First President Since Cleveland to Miss
A Gridiron Club member tells FBDC first that President Obama will not attend this year's dinner next Saturday, March 21st. He will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.
This year's date coincides with the spring break of President Obama's daughters' school and club members have been informed the Obama family will be out of town, likely in Chicago .
Vice President Joe Biden will attend and speak at the dinner in his place. This member tells us the club is delighted to have Vice President Biden, but that there will be some very disappointed guests.
Each year the dinner includes satirical musical skits choreographed by the members, and remarks by the president and various members of each party. President Obama spoke as a Senator at the March 2006 dinner.
The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and this year will be the 124th dinner. Membership is by invitation only and its 65 members include the most prestigious journalists in Washington .
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