WASHINGTON--Former President Bill Clinton will pinch hit for President Obama at the March 20 Gridiron Club and Foundation spring dinner.
Clinton will substitute for Obama because Obama and First Lady Michelle will be on a swing to Indonesia, Guam and Australia in March. The club marks its 125th annual dinner this year.
The Gridiron Club is an association of print and broadcast Washington journalists whose active membership is limited to 65. Each spring the club sponsors a white-tie dinner which features a show put on by club members. Keeping to the journalists' club motto to "singe, not burn,' skits lampoon journalists and the figures they cover. In addition to Clinton, there will also be Democratic and Republican speakers; Sen.Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) were the headliners at the Gridiron 2009 winter dinner.
The 124th annual dinner of the Gridiron Club featured Vice President Biden and two prominent governors who could never be president because they were not born in the U.S.--Democrat Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger of California