Last year at the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner Stephen Colbert was the host and gave a hilarious and scathing speech that pretty well tore the Bushies a new a-hole. In the room it was met with some uncomfortable silences and nervous laughter.
Outside the room is was lauded for its wit, "truthinesss" and fearlessness.
Mr. Colbert is being succeeded this year by...Rich Little. WHAT? Rich Little? Aging 1970's celebrity impersonator Rich Little? Yup.
So who did they try to get before they settled on Rich Little?
-Charles Nelson Reilly? Gary Coleman? Anson Williams?Charo?
What kind of hilarity and jollity can be expected? Check out this preview of a train wreck from THE NEW YORKER.
Asked for an example, he offered this joke: “Bill Clinton and his pal George Bush senior were sitting around, and Clinton says”—here he switches to Clinton’s voice—“ ‘George, have you ever tried Viagra?’
“ ‘I can’t say,’ ” Little’s George H. W. Bush answers. “ ‘I don’t even know what the hell it is.’
“ ‘Mr. President,’ Clinton says, ‘it gives you great staying power.’
“ ‘Really?’ Bush says. ‘Can I get it over the counter?’
“Clinton answers, ‘I suppose you can, if you take two or three of them.’
“That’s a funny joke,” Little said.
Ed note: WHA WHA WHA WHA?
He promised to use mostly political material, though, along these lines: They said we are going to send jets to Israel this year, but what the hell would they do with a bunch of football players? Iraq jokes, however, are out. I do have a funny line on that, he said, and he began to imitate the current President: George W. Bush here. I tell you, I'm between I-raq and a hard place.
Ed note: This is about as sophisticated ad a 10 year old's playground knock knock joke. Sigh, I guess he will "kill: with teh Bush vrowd then.
Little paused, and said, That funny. But, believe me, you won't hear the word Iraq out of my mouth the whole evening. They know I'm a safe bet over there at the White House.
An that last line just about sums up the Bush legacy. A fantasy world created and populated by seemingly "safe bets."
Compare the above with some excepts from Colbert last year:
I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.
I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.
And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.
The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will. As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.