A lyrical lashing

Congressional leaders were lampooned Saturday night at the 120th annual Gridiron Club dinner, with singers posing as Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Showstoppers included a rock-’n’-roll tribute to freshman Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaAn important week for Puerto Rico In Philadelphia Clinton and Trump should start naming their foreign policy picks Jesse Jackson group urges blacks to unite — and vote MORE (D-Ill.).

Congressional leaders were lampooned Saturday night at the 120th annual Gridiron Club dinner, with singers posing as Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Showstoppers included a rock-’n’-roll tribute to freshman Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

Obama’s name was a running mention during the show, featuring red-state/blue-state skits where Democrats and Republicans were equally satirized before the white-tied and ball-gowned audience. The parodies are a tradition of the club, which is made up of Washington-based journalists.

To the tune of “Ohio,” a singer portraying Sen. John KerryJohn KerryKremlin: DNC hack claim 'absurd' Pelosi: 'No question' that Russia hacked DNC Kerry: Details on agreement with Russia in Syria could come in August MORE (D-Mass.) wondered, “Why, oh why oh?/Why did I ever lose Ohio?” Hearst columnist Helen Thomas, posing as Teresa Heinz Kerry, warbled to the tune “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”: “Thank heaven, he lost the race./I’d have to move into a smaller place./Thank heaven/no Air Force One./My plane is faster and it has more space.”

The rockabilly hit “Be Bop a Lula” was renamed “Be Bop Messiah” for Obama’s roast. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, dressed in a gold-lam