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Stephen Colbert scorches the admin at dinner

[Welcome, good folks from Firedoglake and Glenn Greenwald’s pad, Unclaimed Territory — we’re not worthy, buddies!]

OMG. If you didn’t catch Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert last night at the White House Correspondent Dinner, catch the video at Crooks and Liars. He smoked this administration, completely scorched it to an ash. And Dear Leader and Laura weren’t laughing. From E&P;:

A blistering comedy “tribute” to President Bush by Comedy Central’s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.

…Colbert, who spoke in the guise of his talk show character, who ostensibly supports the president strongly, urged the Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, “and reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “They are re-arranging the deck chairs–on the Hindenburg.”

Colbert told Bush he could end the problem of protests by retired generals by refusing to let them retire. He compared Bush to Rocky Balboa in the “Rocky” movies, always getting punched in the face—“and Apollo Creed is everything else in the world.”

Turning to the war, he declared, “I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.”

…Observing that Bush sticks to his principles, he said, “When the president decides something on Monday, he still believes it on Wednesday – no matter what happened Tuesday.”

…E&P;’s Joe Strupp, in the crowd, observed that quite a few sitting near him looked a little uncomfortable at times, perhaps feeling the material was a little too biting–or too much speaking “truthiness” to power.

There was a visual reference to cub “reporter” Jeff Gannon illustrating how to handle things when the press corps action gets too hot for a Bush press secretary — Eject, Gannon, or Volume. Priceless. Atrios has a screen shot of it.

UPDATE: Here’s a much clearer screenshot of it, via 2 Political Junkies:

A complete transcript is at this DKos diary (it includes text of the Colbert-Thomas video presentation).

I agree with my bloggrrrl Shakes Sis, and Paul the Spud (who have commentary at her pad). Colbert deserves the Brass Balls Award for fearlessness:

Also: check out Joe’s take over at The Moderate Voice.


I had to go over to the dark side to see what the thugs at 101st Fighting Keyboarder Jonah Goldberg’s mommy’s site,, had to say about the dinner. The knuckle-draggers there channel the Freepi very well.

Actual Lucianne Lunatic Quotes™
“Steve Colbert was utterly disgusting. Even the libs didn’t laugh most of the time. He was rude, snarky and unpatriotic toward the President and First Lady. Who was the yahoo that booked him for the gig? BTW, Valerie Plame was covertly sitting where everyone could see her, along with her sleazy manhandler. Steve Bridges [a Bush impersonator at the dinner] and the Pres. did okay.”

President Bush, left, and Steve Bridges, a comedian and President Bush impersonator, speak during the White House Correspondent’s Association’s 92nd annual awards dinner, Saturday, April 29, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

“So Valerie Plame Wilson and her liar husband and erstwhile investigator for the CIA (he was looking for the best stocked bar in Niger) were seated at the AP’s table. Gee, how does this show lack of bias?”

“I see Willie Wonka Nagin was invited too. Did he drive one of his Floating Busses to the gig and bring his Oompa Loompa’s with him?”

“No wonder old Mark looked uneasy around the President – nasty of AP to have those wilson beasts there at all. Colbert did get off a rather snotty remark at them also, otherwise, he was rotten and that long, endless video tape with helen thomas was a real snorer. I had never seen him before and don’t think I will bother looking his show up. The President looked jovial enough, but bored and Laura looked worse than bored. I am sure the doggies and kitties would have been better company. It was good to see the President anyway. One terrific guy!”

“Captain’s Quarters said that Bridges & Bush were funny and that Colbert fell flat, the audience not enjoying him. You gotta think when scheduling a comic whose target will be there. Is it a roast? Or will people feel uncomfortable laughing at snarkery against the live human beings instead of the vaguely imagined figures?”

“And there were some in the audience who just sat there stoned faced during the speech (or speeches, since there were two George W’s). Is their hatred so overwhelming that they can’t ease up even for this event?”

“I hope Fox has a video of this, I want to see it, both for the humor and to see just how nasty some were.”

“God bless our President for having the fortitude to put up with this waste of time and these tacky, talentless, hollow little people.”

“Oh. My. God. I cannot believe the vile string of invective cloaked as comedy delivered by that simpering fool Colbert. It was a serious lecture. He picked up confidence and conviction with every worn out accusation he learned on Daily Kos. Unlike Imus, who had enough of a conscience to pour flop sweat on his filthy self, this guy actually developed a glow by the end of his diatribe. He was proud. I cannot believe our president was forced to endure this disgusting insult. I am beyond ashamed.”

“If you have the stomach to watch, be sure to pay attention to the psychopath’s exit. GWB shook his hand curtly. Laura pointedly refused to stand or extend her hand. She gave him a look. Then the filthy coward moved on to kiss and warmly embrace the fossil Helen Thomas… great minds and all.”

“Stephen Colbert’s long presentation could not have been more awful. I did not laugh once. I broke a smile maybe once (the Mayor Nagin joke). Colbert even managed to ridicule the President’s standing-on-the-rubble 9/11 moment as a “staged photo-op”. His blinding hatred for all-things-Bush could not have come across more clearly. Ugh.”

“Watching Stephen Colbert was an exercise in agony.
It went on and on and on forever, generating few laughs with everyone checking their watches. Whoever said he was funny, besides Don Imus, should have watched Colbert’s non-performance tonight. It’s like he didn’t have a clue that he had bombed! Bush and his look-alike stole the show. Bush is a master of self-deprecating humor which makes him endear himself more to the American people. Gosh, I love this guy and am so proud of him.”

“I just watched the clip with Steve Bridges, it was great! I’ve seen him doing his Bush impersonation on The Tonight Show, he was exactly the same tonight. He has the style and mannerisms down and their timing was excellent. Missed Colbert and it sounds like a good thing. He is a smarmy little guy. I’ve watched his show a few times to see what it’s about. Whoever invited him failed to realize that he is MOCKING conservatives and Fox News types (especially O’Reilly), not in a nice way either. [Give this moron a cookie!a] Too bad he couldn’t be decent tonight. “

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