President Barack Obama let loose at Saturday night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner in Washington.
• “In 2008, my slogan was 'Yes we can.' In 2013, my slogan was control-alt-delete.” — Obama.
“MSNBC is here. They're a little overwhelmed. They've never seen an audience this big before.” — Obama.
“Let's face it, Fox. You'll miss me when I'm gone. It'll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.” — Obama on Fox News.
• “He's really helped put the organization front-and-center in key debates in our industry.” — Ziad Ojakli, a lobbyist for Ford Motor Co., on former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, who now is president of the American Automotive Policy Council, a lobbying group formed in 2009 by the "Big Three" U.S. automakers — Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
Blunt, son of Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, was hired in 2011 as a way to help boost the group’s presence in Washington. According to USA Today, since taking the position, Blunt has become an expert in technical trade issues and has traveled worldwide to push officials to ease import restrictions on American-made vehicles.
• “Same-sex couples are like everybody else in that they have relationships that sometimes don't work out.” — Christopher Clark, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal's Chicago office, confirming what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage divorce in Missouri.
Last month, Boone County Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider granted a divorce for Dena and Samantha Latimer, who were married in Massachusetts in 2009 and lived in Columbia. Missouri has a constitutional amendment against recognizing gay marriage. But the judge ruled that under the definition of “comity,” which essentially means recognizing laws of another jurisdiction, a Missouri court can recognize another state’s divorce law “for the limited purpose of granting equitable relief.”
• “We're designed to make a profit. It just hasn't turned out that way.” — Michael McKinney, chief executive officer at Sunflower State Health Plan.
Tim Carpenter of the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the three managed-care companies the state of Kansas hired to run Medicaid are acknowledging that they lost $110 million combined in the first year. The Brownback administration has said the state hopes to save $1 billion over five years.