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Posted: 30 Apr 06, 14:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/04/29.html#a8104


Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner-- President Not
Amused?

By E&P Staff

Published: April 29, 2006 11:40 PM ET

WASHINGTON 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.

Earlier, the president had delivered his talk to the 2700 attendees, including
many celebrities and top officials, with the help of a Bush impersonator.

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. “If anything, 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."

He noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, just three tables away
from Karl Rove, and that he had brought " Valerie Plame." Then,
worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do,
"Uh, I mean... he brought Joseph Wilson's wife." He might have
"dodged the bullet," he said, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wasn't
there.

Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, “photo ops” on aircraft
carriers and at hurricane disasters, melting glaciers and Vice President Cheney
shooting people in the face. He advised the crowd, "if anybody needs
anything at their tables, speak slowly and clearly on into your table numbers
and somebody from the N.S.A. will be right over with a cocktail. "

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."

Also lampooning the press, Colbert complained that he was “surrounded by the
liberal media who are destroying this country, except for Fox News. Fox believes
in presenting both sides of the story — the president’s side and the vice
president’s side." He also reflected on the alleged good old days, when the
media was still swallowing the WMD story.

Addressing the reporters, he said, "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."

He claimed that the Secret Service name for Bush's new press secretary is
"Snow Job."

Colbert closed his routine with a video fantasy where he gets to be White House
Press Secretary, complete with a special “Gannon” button on his podium. By the
end, he had to run from Helen Thomas and her questions about why the U.S. really
invaded Iraq and killed all those people.

As Colbert walked from the podium, when it was over, the president and First
Lady gave hi


"Ladies and gentlemen... I guess that takes in most of you..." Groucho Marx, 'A Night at the Opera'



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Posted: 30 Apr 06, 14:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's great! I love Stephen Colbert. He's a very funny man!


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Posted: 30 Apr 06, 14:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This was awesome!! Hysterical! I even found myself thinking, 'Whoa, he's getting in deep! If he doesn't watch out, his face will be the next target for Cheney.'
Thanks for sharing this.


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Posted: 30 Apr 06, 15:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw this last night on C-SPAN, and was laughing uncontrollably at Colbert's speech, but I felt the discomfort as no one else in the audience laughed. I felt bad for Stephen, but my God the man has massive cajones; he was basically doing stand-up to the President, and yet he came over completely cool and calm.

He sure is a formidable opponent, though!

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Posted: 01 May 06, 00:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That wasnt funny to me for some reason, I just cant get with his kinda humor, dont ask me why...?


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Posted: 01 May 06, 09:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Probably because you have the humour of a 3 year old - see QZ movie and other posts.

I really would love to see or hear this. And it's such a relief that it's possible to do such comedy in the face of the President of the United States. No matter if you approve of him or not: at least he did not manage to silence opposition and that's a good thing.



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Posted: 01 May 06, 09:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

YourValentine wrote:


I really would love to see or hear this.


Did you follow the link? It took a while to load for me, but it was certainly worth it. As funny (and right on) as it was, you could feel the tension in the room. Amazing how brave some people are.


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Posted: 01 May 06, 10:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

YourValentine wrote:

I really would love to see or hear this. And it's such a relief that it's possible to do such comedy in the face of the President of the United States. No matter if you approve of him or not: at least he did not manage to silence opposition and that's a good thing.


I'm not sure if the link above is the whole dinner or just Stephen's speech, but here it is on youtube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lcIRXur61II&search=colbert

Also, this image makes me giggle uncontrollably: http://img278.imageshack.us/img278/4329/steven35dh.gif

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Posted: 01 May 06, 10:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<B>Jellybean Queen <h6>sweet body kisses wrote:

That wasnt funny to me for some reason, I just cant get with his kinda humor, dont ask me why...?


It's all about having the highest level of cynisim.

Keep in mind that Stephen Colbert has created a character of his own by spoofing ultra conservative pundits like Bill O'Reilly. On his show he says a lot of offensive stuff, but it's all for the sake of parody and sarcasm.

STEPHEN COLBERT RULES!!


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Posted: 01 May 06, 11:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good boy... Very good boy...

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Posted: 01 May 06, 11:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr.Jingles wrote:

It's all about having the highest level of cynisim.

Keep in mind that Stephen Colbert has created a character of his own by spoofing ultra conservative pundits like Bill O'Reilly. On his show he says a lot of offensive stuff, but it's all for the sake of parody and sarcasm.

STEPHEN COLBERT RULES!!


The funniest thing is when he does The Wørd, he's spouting off all this seemingly conservative stuff, whereas the bullet points contradict him, usually offering his true feelings on the subject. It's all a character, and I don't think people are "getting it" - they're not "it getters"! - or if they are, then they're doing a real good job of hiding it.

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Posted: 01 May 06, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

excellent stuff!!

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Posted: 01 May 06, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It won't load for me!!! :(


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Posted: 01 May 06, 12:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lisser wrote:

It won't load for me!!! :(


It took a long time to load for me on WMP. It never did load/play/whatever on Quicktime.


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Posted: 01 May 06, 13:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My favorite section is...

TIP OF THE HAT / WAG OF THE FINGER

I however miss Colbert doing 'This Week In God' on 'The Daily Show'.


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Mr.Jingles wrote:

My favorite section is...

TIP OF THE HAT / WAG OF THE FINGER

I however miss Colbert doing 'This Week In God' on 'The Daily Show'.


I particularly enjoy the Better Know A District and the Threatdown. There really isn't anything on there I don't like, now that I think about it.

I actually saw The Colbert Report in March, after asking for tickets back in November. My friends and I started a chant during the intro and he danced along with it for a bit.

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Mr.Jingles wrote:

My favorite section is...

TIP OF THE HAT / WAG OF THE FINGER

I however miss Colbert doing 'This Week In God' on 'The Daily Show'.


I particularly enjoy the Better Know A District and the Threatdown. There really isn't anything on there I don't like, now that I think about it.

I actually saw The Colbert Report in March, after asking for tickets back in November. My friends and I started a chant during the intro and he danced along with it for a bit.

You may all touch me now.


*reaches out, slowly pulls away*


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Posted: 01 May 06, 21:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

YourValentine wrote:

Probably because you have the humour of a 3 year old - see QZ movie and other posts.

I really would love to see or hear this. And it's such a relief that it's possible to do such comedy in the face of the President of the United States. No matter if you approve of him or not: at least he did not manage to silence opposition and that's a good thing.


Your entitled to your own opinion....as sad as that sounds




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Posted: 01 May 06, 22:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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*reaches out, slowly pulls away*


Admit it - you liked it, didn't you? If you want to, you can touch me again.