“Haley, when Michelle said you should run, she didn’t mean for president.”

President Barack Obama mocked his potential 2012 GOP rivals — and poked fun at himself — while Mitch Daniels got in his own shot at Sarah Palin at Saturday night’s 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner of Washington politicos and journalists.

Obama, in his first address to the group as president, pounced on Haley Barbour’s weight – by highlighting first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to end obesity in the country.

“Haley, when Michelle said you should run, she didn’t mean for president,” he cracked.

The president didn’t spare Tim Pawlenty either.

“Tim Pawlenty’s not here, but he’s hit the campaign trail hard,” Obama said. “And to be honest, I think the American people are going to have some tough questions for Tim. Specifically, ‘Who are you and where do you come from?’ Which is OK. Two years into my presidency and I’m still getting those questions.”

POLITICO
3/13/11