Am I sorry I missed this.
A blistering comedy â€œtributeâ€ to President Bush by Comedy Centralâ€™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, â€œand reality has a well-known liberal bias.â€
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. â€œThis administration is soaring, not sinking,â€ he said. â€œThey are re-arranging the deck chairs–on the Hindenburg.â€
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 â€œRockyâ€ movies, always getting punched in the faceâ€”â€œand Apollo Creed is everything else in the world.â€
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.”
He noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, as well as ” Valerie Plame.” Then, pretending to be worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do, “Uh, I mean… Joseph Wilson’s wife.” He asserted that it might be okay, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was probably not there.
Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, â€œphoto opsâ€ on aircraft carriers and at hurricane disasters, and Vice President Cheney shooting people in the face.
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.”
A couple of bloggers (example) have noted there wasn’t a lot of laughing. Heh.
Update: This makes up for the atrocity that occurred at the 2004 Radio and Television Correspondents’ dinner — the infamous “where are those WMDs?” video. But even when the jokes aren’t about an “oopsie” that caused countless deaths, there’s something obscene about a black-tied and begowned audience sitting at dinner and laughing at George W. Bush’s charming little foibles. Obscene, I say.
Atrios and Co. say the President was drunk last night. If I were him, I’d be living in a bottle, too.