Skip to comments.A day in the life of President & Mrs. Bush (5/1/05): photos of the roast
Posted on 05/01/2005 4:20:51 PM PDT by Wolfstar
PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: The President and First Lady attended Sunday morning church services at St. Johns, and were spending a quiet day at the White House.
TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: While I could not find an official transcript of the First Lady's remarks last night, I didi find the next best thing by cobbling together several news reports.
First Lady Laura Bush has stolen the show with a surprise comedy routine that teases her husband President George W Bush.
The performance at a dinner honouring award-winning journalists brought a standing ovation from the audience -- that included much of official Washington and a dash of Hollywood.
The president pretended to start a planned a speech last night at the 91st annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, but was quickly "interrupted" by his wife in an obviously planned ploy. "Not that old joke, not again," she said to the delight of the audience. "I've been attending these dinners for years and just quietly sitting there. I've got a few things I want to say for a change."
GWB sat down and Laura proceeded to note that he is "usually in bed by now," and said she told him recently, "If you really want to end tyranny in the world you're going to have to stay up later." She outlined a typical evening: "Nine o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep and I'm watching Desperate Housewives." Comedic pause. "With Lynne Cheney." Comedic pause. "Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife."
The First Lady went on to quip that one night she went out to Chippendales, a male strip bar, with Lynne Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and top Bush aide Karen Hughes.
"I wouldn't even mention it, except (Supreme Court Justices) Ruth Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor saw us there," she said. "I won't tell you what happened. But Lynne's secret service code name is now 'dollar bill'."
Laura Bush also joked about the president's mother Barbara Bush. "People think she's a sweet grandmotherly aunt Bea type. She's actually more like (fictional Mafia capo) Don Corleone."
She said that her husband actually knew little about ranching when they bought their ranch in Crawford, Texas.
"I'm proud of George. He's learned a lot about ranching since that first year, when he tried to milk the horse. What's worse, it was a male horse," she said.
The president now often spends time at the ranch clearing brush and cutting trails. "George's answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw. Which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well."
Absolutely nobody can look at and listen to Laura and believe that she is a desperate housewife. That is why it was such a total joke.
Yes that is Dick in the White dinner jacket he was a hunk in those days still is in my opinion. Back in a while just helping dad to bed.
The first one of the President looking over the top of the car is so adorable!
He's got to be SO proud of his lovely Lady!
Thanks for the day brightener!
a-HA! Enough said then.
If you all want good back ground info as you do the dose,
stream wabc now to hear Matt Drudge's radio program.
See there, it's all in how you take it. I thought the Chippendales part was the funniest part of her whole routine. The thought of those four women at a Chippendales, and of Lynne Cheney's new nickname being 'dollar bill' was just hysterically funny to me.
I thought the desperate Housewives jokes were the best as well.
I thought the desperate Housewives jokes were the best as well.
That's the reason for the devil in his eye in that second pic in post #8!
oh come on... it's HUMOR
Very apt description. I saw some of their tripe first thing this morning. Me thinks they doth protest too much.
I know that no one believes she is a desperate housewife, and I thought most of her Desperate Housewife take was quite funny. It was just that one statement about 'you can take him' that got to me a little bit.
But I thought her routine and the rest of the ribbing was very, very funny. The chain saw stuff was just hysterical. Laura is a great comedienne, with a finely tuned sense of humor.
Much appreicated! I love crumpets (scones too). We spent our honeymoon, over 3 weeks, all over the UK and Ireland. That was the late '70s and I have not found a decent scone back in here the US yet.
As ya' know I could care less what the left thinks; however, that doesn't mean I want someone I care about purposely demeaned at one of their functions!
BTW: The comments made ME wince . . . and if they made ME wince I can only imagine what they did for some others.
At any rate, I'm moving on . . . the President's leaving for his international trip later this week; should make for some wonderful photos!
"The thought of those four women at a Chippendales, and of Lynne Cheney's new nickname being 'dollar bill' was just hysterically funny to me."
Me, too! What a funny "thought picture" that made for me.
While I can see the point of people not liking the performance because of the content, I had no problem with it. I laughed out loud all the way through when I was given the link to listen to.
What a great thread...thanks mucho!!
I like the look on her face when she says something funny -totally mischievious!
She'd definitely be someone I would love to have lunch with, we'd have a great time.
Yes, she really gets a wicked little gleam in her eye when she's about to let one loose, doesn't she?
Ya' know, the comments to me from last night and tonight (and no Ohio I'm not talking about you), coupled with the basic nastiness of this forum (FreeRepublic) toward the President has pushed me toward a decision I've been contemplating for awhile.
Consider this my OPUS . . . good night and good bye.
Yep I agree about Lynn Cheney's new SS Code Name as Dollar Bill being the funniest line. However I must admit I've never watched Desperate Housewives so my basis of comparison is entirely lacking on that element. I don't intend to watch it either.. :^)
Wolfstar! Great pix tonight, dear. I thought the roast was hilarious. It would be pretty darned hard to stand up and actually be funny for 7 minutes using all -G- rated material. THEN the press would have blasted the First Lady for being boring and trying to hard to be funny.
Nope, she floated some -PG- stuff and pulled it off, especially with a crowd who'd love nothing more than to have reason to slam and ridicule her.
I can't stick around tonight, I would have been here earlier but when we returned home from being out, we realized we'd left some belongings and had to turn around and go all the way back to retrieve them. Just getting home now, must catch up on the threads. 'Night all!
Of COURSE I caught the pat-- ;-)
Do you think he knew just what he was going to say? I think part of the funniness (is that a word???LOL!) was that her jokes were so outrageous--there's no one I can imagine LESS at Chippendales, for example, than Laura, Condi, Karen, and Lynne . . .
How fun to see that side of her!
Did she seem to get a bit emotional and maybe tear up a tiny bit at the very end? She didn't even look at GW then . . . I think she was afraid her voice would crack from the emotion. . . .sure glad I recorded it!
How have you been?
I agree, and having the female Supreme Court justices "see them there" was a very wild mental image. Very funny!
Oh, DrDeb, I'm sorry! Really! You're one of my favorite posters here. I will really miss you.
Your comments and links are always so interesting please don't leave us
A shame...I guess she can't read us now because she's gone away. I love her postings and especially the ones about polls and other political stuff. They are so balanced and informative. Such a positive attitude she exhibits as well. I hope she comes back. I mean it from the heart!
I hope you'll reconsider--I always appreciate your poll analysis and the links . . . you're a valuable addition to the Dose and hope you'll be back!
I said this on another thread about the dinner that turned into a thread about funny things our moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas have said, but here goes re the Chippendales.
When I was getting married, my so-called "bachlorette" party that included me, my best friend and my two sisters, and lots of Pepsi and potato chips (bo-ring, to be sure, but we had fun) was of course planned for the night before. My mom asked me if we were going to have the "Clydesdales" come to entertain us. Of course, she meant the Chippendales, but I sure got a kick out of her question!
How are you everything settling down now?
Isn't Clydesdale a kind of horse?
Yes, they are. I believe they are used to pull the big beer wagons, or whatever you call them, like on the Budweiser commercials of old.
It would've been even more entertaining to have the Clydesdales come then! Just imagine what they could do with your furniture :)
Uh huh! And we wouldn't even have to have used dollar bills, we could have just used hay!
The party was at a room in the Motel 6, and I'm sure they would have been pretty upset with the Clydesdales!
History and Characteristics of the Clydesdale Horse
The Clydesdale is a breed of heavy draft horse developed in the early nineteenth century by farmers in the Lanarkshire (previously Clydesdale) district of Scotland. It was bred to meet not only the agricultural needs of the local farmers, but also the demands of commerce for the coalfields of Lanarkshire and for all the types of heavy haulage on the streets of Glasgow. Due to its fine reputation, use of the breed soon spread throughout the whole of Scotland and northern England.
Heavy horses were originally developed for use in warfare to carry armor clad knights into battle. Scottish farmers later began using some of the larger English and Flemish stallions on the smaller local mares. They eventually produced a powerful horse with a long stride and a sizable hoof, perfect for working in the soft soils of the rough Scottish farm land.
In the late nineteenth century the popularity of the Clydesdale breed flourished, leading to large numbers of exports to the British commonwealth countries of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and to the United States. Today the Clydesdale is virtually the only draft breed in its native Scotland and is still a favorite in all of the aforementioned nations.
The Clydesdale breed saw a resurgence in popularity in the last part of the twentieth century. Although replaced by the tractor on most farms, this beloved horse still works in agriculture and forestry where tractors are unable or unwanted.
The versatility of the breed is evidenced by the increasing number of equine activities for which it is used. Popular with carriage services, the Clydesdale is well suited for the job and always attracts public admiration. Street parades are not complete without the high stepping hooves of a Clydesdale hitch passing by. Under saddle, the Clydesdale excels in many pursuits including dressage, hunter jumper, as a trail horse, and for therapeutic riding.
As with many other breeds, breeding and showing are a large part of the Clydesdale business. Breeders exhibit their horses in the Scottish tradition of line and harness events at county and state fairs, and at national exhibitions.
The modern Clydesdale horse stands between 16 and 19 hands and weighs from 1600 to 2200 lbs. While this is larger than the original Scottish horse, one cardinal feature has been retained - the breed's substantial underpinning. The old adage "no foot-no horse" has always been true, thus the importance attached to maintaining sound hooves and legs within the breed.
Three words -- " strength, agility and docility" -- depict in brief the main characteristics of the Clydesdale. The impression created by a thoroughly well-built horse is that of strength and activity, with a minimum of superfluous tissue. The idea is not grossness and bulk, but quality and weight. The horse must also exhibit action, lifting the foot high, and taking a long stride to cover ground rapidly and easily. Intelligence and willingness make the Clydesdale a welcome partner at work or play.
The Clydesdale has a very distinctive look when compared with other draft breeds. The combination of vivid body colors, bright white faces, and long white "feathered" legs with high stepping gate and a head held high leave no question that you are looking at a Clydesdale. The feather is the long silky hair on the legs that flows to the ground and accentuates the high knee action and hock flex. The most common body color is bay, followed by black, brown, and chestnut. The roan trait (solid body color with white hairs throughout the coat) may be found in all the colors. Popular markings for today's big hitches are four white socks to the knees and hocks, and a well-defined blaze or bald face, however, the show ring does not discriminate on color, with light roans and dark legs being considered equally with solid colored horses with traditional markings.
For anyone desiring a stylish and active yet tractable, intelligent and serviceable draft animal for work, show, or simple pleasure - the Clydesdale merits his or her most serious consideration
Rackkk the Photos actually I saw whole speech last night on replay that pretty funny
Hey have anybody seen Barney or Miss Beazley in media recently seem they disappear
Yeah probably :)
I've never watched Desparate Housewives, and don't intend to . . . and I'm betting Laura probably doesn't either.
Just watched it again with mr.h and he loved it too! Her love for her husband and family just shows so clearly . . . what a woman!
Spot on, as usual, Miss Ohio!
Any carping is the usual jealousy. Can you imagine how much fun they would have had if Laura had bombed. Instead, she had the whole room in stitches and literally eating out of her hand.
She also subtly deflected the usual criticism that she is boring and too defering to Dubya.
It was perfect in my opinion.
Laura was wonderful!! I really love that picture of W blushing. I've never seen him blush before. Their marriage is obviously wonderful...and I'm so happy for them. Seeing them so in love makes me want to have a relationship like that when I'm older.
I don't see the pic where she's getting a 'pat' homemom.
We just seem to have lots to do right now . . . but it's (almost!) all fun!
How about you?
Barney is on the right near the house.
Thanks :) When I was younger, I was obsessed with horses. I still have horse posters and stuff. People keep giving me horse stuff even though I haven't been in love with horses since I was about 12.
Hey, if George is in bed by nine ..
Oh, oh, about to say something off color.
Speaking of that event, I watched it and also taped it.
When I went back to look at the start of it, when Laura walked up ... by the way, that was perfect. do they have comic timing, or what. George starts telling an old joke, offers it to Cedric... you can use this, Cedric, and then, Laura is there.
But what I really meant to say was...
Post #8, bottom picture . . . look at the angle of his arm and the look of love in both their faces . . . she's definitely getting a "love pat"!
I've never seen him blush before and it's adorable! I bet there's a LOT of teasing between them both, for a long time, for the jokes she made!
Drudge has a link to a report about the guy that does those WH dinner speech thingies.
I am OK got tomorrow off work as it public holiday in the UK (May Day) unfortunately I am not going to any maypole dancing or Morris festivals but I expect I will see some on TV. Feeling a bit down now over Dr Deb I sincerely hope she reconsiders and it was just that she got a little upset yesterday and tonight.
I see Miss Beazley is center of attention HOW CUTEE LOL!
RE: in bed by nine . . . I, too, was thinking that that meant their MARRIAGE is WONDERFUL!
After she spoke, Geraldo was gushing about what a great job she did -- he's usually so cynical, it was funny to hear.
Deb, I beg you to reconsider. You have been so very generous with even those of us who mostly lurk. I always take your commentary very seriously, and I respect your judgment so very much. I can't imagine FR without you.
DrDeb, I hope you don't mean that and get over it.
You are our voice of reason and our poll person.
Just because we don't agree about the performance last nite, doesn't mean we don't love and respect you.
Some of the people here can be unnecessarily nasty when they disagree. I hate that. I hope I don't do it, but I may from time to time.
I've had some of the feelings you've had lately, but things seem to be settling down. For a long time, this was the only place I felt safe. I don't think anyone here would say anything ugly to you, I hope not.