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."
Pinging you to a Sunday Dose. Lots of photos today, and they deserve their own Dose thread.
All Riiiiiight! Can hardly wait to see them all! Thanks, Wolfstar!
Our Dubya, who's rarely at a loss for a quip himself, thoroughly enjoyed Laura's routine.
The President did blush when Laura told the joke about how he tried to milk a horse, only it was a male horse. I think this is one of the cutest photos I've ever seen of our Dubya. (Blushing is an autonomic response, and I'm sure he didn't expect it to happen.)
Yay, I SO need this today! Thanks Wolfstar, can't wait!
I really enjoyed the banquet last night. They always have something special cooked up for the correspondants!
MSM seem so enamored of our First Lady's performance last night and have been running sound bites most of the day. She was fabulous.
The VP jokingly peers into the crowd.
Oh my, I don't think I've ever seen a picture of President Bush blushing! How cute!
The milking the horse joke must have hit him as a surprise! Good for Laura.
The First Lady greets participants at the Helping America's Youth event, Thursday, April 28, 2005, at the Friends of the Children, in Portland, Ore.
Laura hugs Regis Kindred, 15, before addressing participants at the Helping America's Youth event.
The next pic was at the Alameda, CA, event. The First Lady looks positively radient, and clearly she has never lost her love of teaching.
You're #1 today.
Hi, LUV W. Did you catch the event on C-SPAN last night?
You're most welcome. Glad I could bring this to you on a day when you need the lift. Our Laura rocked the house last night.
I did, too. Wish I could have found a full transcript of Laura's routine to post for folks who didn't see it. Maybe a transcript will be posted on the WH website this week.
Thank you so much, Wolfstar! What great pictures. I love it that Laura stole the show last night. How fun! That picture of GWB blushing is so cute. I also love the one of Condi. Wouldn't it have been fun to be there in person?!
Great dose. Thanks so much.
P.S. How is your job situation?
She WAS fabulous -- and the MSM should be enamored of her. It's about time they stopped sniping at her for not being the 2nd coming of Hillary Clinton. Blech!
No but I saw some footage of her roast on another thread, and if I can find it again I'll write the link. It was sooooo cute!
It must have. At the opening of her remarks, Laura did say her husband didn't know what she was going to say. But he obviously loved her routine -- and adores her.
And look back one from me and RonDog beat me to it! Good on RD!
Mr. President, hold my purse.
I'm going to issue a BOLO for posters who are going to say they thought what Laura said was horrible. While they're entitled to their opinions, I'm just saying look out.
No, you are...great work Wolfstar; we have another archive on the second coming of Ronaldus Magnus. We'd all better enjoy the Bush family while we have them.
I can't imagine the Frists, given the same venue....oh, never mind.
Thanks for asking about my job situation. Somewhat over 40 people have been laid off the last couple of weeks. But I am safe at least for another six months.
Hi, RonDog. Thanks for adding the link to the video.
As a blusher myself, I can relate to this picture. Adorable. Thanks for posting these; sounds like it was a very funny evening.
It was very cute. She had the crowd eating out of her hand.
This is not aimed at you, Theresa, but my reaction is, "Oh, puleeeezzze!" If her husband enjoyed her remarks, what right do the usual cranks have to complain?! Sheesh!
Thank you for your kindness.
Actually, though, FReeper nuconvert deserves MOST of the credit. :o)See also, a link to the OTHER video from that dinner, from that thread:
I know you're a Condi fan. In case you missed this........
Hi, Peach. Good to "see" you. Nothing a person can do about autonomic responses. I agree, it's adorable. Our First Lady represented those of us who are her greatest fans very, very well last night.
Fantastic photos! Hilarious evening:) Thanks Wolfie!
Thanks so much for this. I know the pics will be great!
She just has a presence about her--confident, sweet-spirited, good-humored and gracious! What is not to love!!!! It's driving the MSM bonkers!!! I loooove it when they are made to be positive when you know they just don't want to! LOL!
You're welcome. For an introvert, as she refers to herself, Laura was just smashing!
Hi, apples. Let me know which pic is your favorite.
When the Clintons were in the WH (shuddering at the memory here!) the MSM was all ready to crown Hillary! queen. I'll bet it totally drives them over the edge to see how popular Laura is. I'll have to say, though, I've read a lot of good reports on the dinner last night from the MSM.