Knoxville News Sentinel: Lamar Alexander gets insiders' gag nomination for president

Posted on February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's presidential aspirations have been dashed twice before, but this time, he's getting the last laugh.

The Tennessee Republican was handed - and graciously accepted - the Alfalfa Club's nomination for president of the United States late last month. The club is an elite group of Washington insiders whose primary reason for existence is to hold an annual banquet in January and bestow a gag nomination for president upon one of its members.

The "nominee" usually gives a joke-filled acceptance speech. Alexander sat down at the piano and skewered everyone in song. The event is supposed to be off the record, but a 16-minute video of Alexander's performance showed up this week on Youtube, with the club's blessing.

Some of the highlights:

-- Nancy Pelosi "is out and is no longer speaker. Everyone's mad at the web Wikileaker," Alexander sang to the tune of "My Favorite Things."

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? "She's dreaming she's the new VP, then she'd be one step from the throne," the senator sang to the melody of "White Christmas."

-- House Speaker John Boehner got zinged with a new version of a Ray Charles classic: "Oh, well, it's crying time again for Mr. Speaker. Could it be that Camel Light smoke in his eyes?"

Alexander even poked fun at himself. Spoofing Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light," the senator reminisced about his two failed bids for president: "I was a fool to run twice before. Nobody cared, my speeches did bore."