Stephen Colbert (remaining in "The Colbert Report" character) skewered George W. Bush and the press corps the other night at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Some jokes definitely went over better than others. Take, for instance, Colbert's following jab at the reporters:
"Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know--fiction."
How did the room react? Kind of like the swift boat captain in "Apocalypse Now" when, under enemy fire, he suddenly realizes a spear has pierced his chest.
George and Laura's tight faces were unmistakable by the end of Colbert's routine. George shook Colbert's hand summarily while shooting tactical nuclear daggers. Laura refrained from extending hers, giving him a warm look that said, "You're dead to me. No, really. I'm not even kidding. Dead."
Hopefully, Colbert or Jon Stewart will show clips of this brilliant appearance tomorrow. I don't suppose it will get much play in mainstream media venues.
Mr. Colbert, I salute your "truthiness.” You have balls the size of the ozone layer.
Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner
By E&P Staff
Editor & Publisher