John Kerry speaks at the Chatham House event. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Mike Bloomberg, outgoing president, introduced John Kerry as the next president of Alfalfa Club. Bloomberg's best: "Who needs the White House when you can be president of the Alfalfa Club? Actually, I've loved every minute of it. I come to the office every weekday at 11 a.m."
"Here I am — President John Kerry! I knew this day would come. Although given the Alfalfa average income, thank God I didn’t get Swift-yachted.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry followed:
- “I’m proud to serve as your new club president. And don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re also getting John Edwards.”
- “Despite the pressure he’s under, the White House physician says President Trump is in great shape — a trim 239 pounds. Personally, I just won’t believe him until he produces his long-form girth certificate.”
- “As Mitt Romney and I can attest, being elected in Massachusetts means: You are only a heartbeat away from losing the presidency.”
- “There’s a fellow Alfalfan, who couldn’t be with us tonight, who I met 32 years ago this month. We both loved the Navy. But we had opposite views about a war in which we’d both served. When we first came to the Senate, we didn’t trust each other. We didn’t really know each other. But after a long conversation on a long flight, we decided to work hand in hand to actually make peace with Vietnam and with ourselves here in America." ...
- "He loves to debate, he loves to battle. But one thing the service and the Senate taught John and me — at some point, America’s got to come together."
- "And I hope you’ll believe the two of us Alfalfans: If Washington is a city where you can bridge the divide between a protester and a POW, finding common ground on anything else shouldn’t be so hard at all."
- "I will always thank John McCain for sharing in the discovery of that lesson — and tonight I ask all of you to join me in raising a glass to one of the best and bravest men I know, my friend — our friend — John McCain."
President George W. Bush, making a surprise appearance at last night's Alfalfa Club dinner, gave the Crop Report, which introduces new members:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook
- Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)
- Lazard chairman and CEO Ken Jacobs
- Secretary of Defense James Mattis
- James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox
- Sen. Rob Portman (R- Ohio)
- Jerome Powell, incoming Federal Reserve chair
- Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM
- Anthony Welters, executive chairman, BlackIvy Group