[Marxism] Stephen Colbert mocks the president
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Sun Apr 30 07:52:45 MDT 2006
(Stephen Colbert was originally on Jon Stewart's television show, but now
has his own which is a satire on Bill O'Reilly's Fox-TV ultraconservative
talk show. Colbert adopts a rightwing persona in order to attack the
rightwing. You can see him in action at:
Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner-- President Does
Not Seem Amused
By E&P Staff
Published: April 29, 2006 11:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON A blistering comedy tribute to President Bush by Comedy
Centrals faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House
Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at
Earlier, the president had delivered his talk to the 2700 attendees,
including many celebrities and top officials, with the help of a Bush
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
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&ldquoand 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 presidents side and
the vice presidents side." He also reflected on the alleged good old days,
when the media was still swallowing the WMD story.
Addressing the reporters, he said, "You should spend more time with your
families, write that novel you've always wanted to write. You know, the one
about the fearless reporter who stands up to the administration. You know--
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 him quick nods, unsmiling, and handshakes, and left
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.
Asked by E&P after it was over if he thought he'd been too harsh, Colbert
said, "Not at all." Was he trying to make a point politically or just get
laughs? "Just for laughs," he said. He said he did not pull any material
for being too strong, just for time reasons. (He later said the president
told him "good job" when he walked off.)
Helen Thomas told Strupp her segment with Colbert was "just for fun."
In its report on the affair, USA Today asserted that some in the crowd
cracked up over Colbert but others were "bewildered." Wolf Blitzer of CNN
said he thought Colbert was funny and "a little on the edge."
Earlier, the president had addressed the crowd with a Bush impersonator
alongside, with the faux-Bush speaking precisely and the real Bush
deliberately mispronouncing words, such as the inevitable "nuclear." At the
close, Bush called the imposter "a fine talent. In fact, he did all my
debates with Senator Kerry."
Among attendees at the black tie event: Morgan Fairchild, quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger, Justice Antonin Scalia, George Clooney, and Jeff "Skunk"
Baxter of the Doobie Brothers--in a kilt.
E&P Staff (gmitchell at editorandpublisher.com)
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