The evening was focused on honoring journalists as well as soliciting a few laughs, but the talk at the Radio and Television Congressional Correspondents’ dinner on Thursday night was all about House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE’s (R-Va.) shocking primary loss.
“Stop passing out your business cards,” CNN’s Lisa Desjardins said with a smile to the media-filled crowd at the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Washington as the awards ceremony was about to begin.
“Recently the president has taken to slipping out unannounced to the Interior Department, to a burger joint, to Starbucks. It can get kind of frustrating,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughObama staffers challenged to WH scavenger hunt on final day Chief of staff: Obama administration 'historically free of scandal' Sunday shows preview: Trump allies appear after John Lewis criticism MORE said in remarks to the audience, “You know, if I wanted a boss who was on his way out when nobody expects it, I would’ve tried to work for Eric Cantor.”
Even “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman, who provided the comic relief for the evening while in character as his NBC sitcom persona, couldn’t resist making mention of the Republican congressman.
“I’m sure you all heard the news about Eric Cantor,” Offerman said. “On Tuesday he tragically got himself a job at Fox News.”
“He’s the first House majority leader to lose a primary since 1899, which also was the last time we were at war with Spain,” Offerman deadpanned to the black-tie partygoers. “So watch yourself, Spain.”