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 ObamaPence: Dems' racism accusations 'sound desperate' Seven ways the Clinton Foundation failed to meet its transparency promises Administration proposes visa program for entrepreneurs 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 KerryClinton faces decision in Trump attack strategy Watchdogs warn of 'serious' conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation Kerry: More 'work to do' in avoiding civilian casualties in Yemen 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