by Max Brantley
Bill Clinton subbed for President Obama at the Gridiron dinner.
Clinton said he regretted having come to dinner without “either of the Bushes,” referring to his disaster-relief partners: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. “I’m used to having them by my side when I walk into a disaster area,” Clinton said.
In a more serious vein, Clinton predicted that the Democrats would succeed in steering health care reform through Congress. “It may not happen in my lifetime or in [former vice president] Dick Cheney's, but hopefully by Easter,” he said.