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Obama Takes a Break From the Gridiron

The Gridiron Club's symbol.

Spring break vs. a Washington institution? No contest.

President Obama is skipping the Gridiron Club dinner next week, according to members of the 124-year-old press organization; they've been told he's spending the week with his family out of town. Blame it on Sidwell Friends: His children's private school begins spring vacation on March 20, one day before the annual, off-the-record night of political skits and speeches.

Presidents have occasionally missed the event, but Obama will be the first since World War II not to attend during his first year in office. (He brought down the house as the Democratic speaker at the 2006 dinner.) Vice President Biden will take his place.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 13, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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Thanks President Obama. This town takes itself way too seriously, the economy is tanking and now this? Really?

Unless you're going to Australia, I think Air Force One could have made the flight back from just about anywhere for a couple hour's of fun. God knows we need it.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 16, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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