Thanking President Obama for joining the dinner, Lewis noted the Gridiron had promised to keep the evening short, “especially because Gene Sperling said that a late night is something we’d all regret.”
“He told us that as a friend,” Lewis quipped.
Lewis noted that Obama’s State of the Union addressed called for increased taxes, more infrastructure spending and a new federal pre-kindergarten program.
“It looks to me like the era of big government being over, is now over,” Lewis said.
The head of the Gridiron also noted that he welcomed the president to a dinner of journalists even though his White House may not be the most press friendly.
“As we were walking in, I thought I heard [the president] say, ‘So many newspaper reporters. So many interviews to turn down,’” Lewis said.
Following Lewis’ comments, Gridiron Club members performed skits lampooning Republicans and Democrats.
The Republican skit poked fun at the party’s internal strife over losing the presidency, its attempt to get over the Mitt Romney moment and its allegiance to the National Rifle Association.
A cast member portrayed House Speaker John Boehner singing to the tune of Les Miserables’ “Master of the House,” followed quickly by a House Majority Leader Eric Cantor impersonator singing, “I’m in the mood:”
I’m in the mood for blood, simply because you’re near me;
Funny, John, when you’re near me, I’m in the mood for blood;
Treason is in my heart, I am ready to plunder
Oh, is it any wonder: You’re ready for a shove.
Gridiron members also noted the affinity of the GOP for the Second Amendment with a parody of the Temptations’ “My Girl:”
If you hate the NRA
Tell my Walther PPK
You’re flirting with disaster
With my Bushmaster
And when pigs fly away
You can take me away
From my gun
For the Democratic skit, the performers noted the possibility of a 2016 bid by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden’s “big effen” role in the White House and the surge of women on the Hill. Cast members also wined aloud about their lack of access to Obama with a satirical play on Pete Townsend’s Pinball Wizard:
Who knew when his magic
First had us all transfixed
That this politician