- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2015

President Obama poked fun at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal Saturday night, saying he is envious that she has a server in her house.

At the annual Gridiron dinner in Washington, Mr. Obama reminisced how much the technological landscape has changed since 2008, when he ran against Mrs. Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Back then, I was the young, tech-savvy candidate of the future,” he said. “Now I’m yesterday’s news, and Hillary has got a server in her house. I didn’t even know you could have one of those in your house. I am so far behind. I would have gotten one.”

Mr. Obama also took a shot at Mrs. Clinton’s legendary speaking fees.

“I think 2016 will come down to the issues — for example, equal pay,” the president said. “Did you know that the average male presidential candidate earns $150,000 less per speech than a woman doing the same job? It’s terrible. We got to fix that.”

The president also targeted Republicans, including likely GOP presidential candidates Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who were in attendance.

“Scott has had a few recent stumbles,” Mr. Obama said. “The other week he said he didn’t know whether or not I was a Christian. And I was taken aback, but fortunately my faith teaches us forgiveness.”

“So, Governor Walker, as-salamu alaykum,” he said, repeating a traditional Muslim greeting and evoking laughter from the crowd.

The president also said Mr. Walker “got some heat for staying silent when Rudy Giuliani said I don’t love America, which I also think is a problem.”

“Think about it, Scott. If I did not love America, I wouldn’t have moved here from Kenya,” Mr. Obama said.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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