White House Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee Jokes Sarah Palin is a Wingnut

Oct 1, 2009 7:38pm

ABC’s Jordyn Phelps reports:

White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee won D.C.’s annual “Funniest Celebrity” contest Wednesday night by roasting the administration of which he is a part and calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “wingnut.”

In Goolsbee’s comic routine, he joked that Obama’s top priority when coming into office was to ensure that “all the Clinton people got their jobs back.” 

Goolsbee competed against several other prominent D.C. professionals for the title of funniest celebrity, including Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and ABC News’ own Sam Donaldson. The competition dates back to 1987, when it was conceived by Richard Siegel as a fundraiser for charities and non-profits.

Goolsbee’s routine played off of Kevin Nealon’s classic Saturday Night Live routine, in which Nealon would say something and then, under his breath, say what he was truly thinking.

The White House economic adviser won by suggesting Republicans “might do better looking outside of Washington to governors, there’s a lot of governors. There’s obviously Sarah Palin (wingnut) from Alaska who’s a former governor (quitter) and you cannot rule out that by 2012 (there will be a warrant for her arrest) that she’ll be the nominee.”

Goolsbee also took a hit at the Obama administration by sarcastically alluding to socialist principles in the President’s response to the economic crisis.

“We kinda had to go back and look at the old text books (Karl Marx, Trotsky)…”

While Goolsbee did not shy away from making bold statements about Republicans and Democrats alike, he concluded his routine by joking that his comments may get him in trouble with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

“Have some sympathy for the unemployed because, when Rahm Emanuel sees my comments from this evening,” Goolsbee said. “I am going to be one of them.”

–Jordyn Phelps

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