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Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner
Associated Press ^ | 4/30/2006 | Elizabeth White

Posted on 04/30/2006 3:43:25 AM PDT by saveliberty

Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner

By ELIZABETH WHITE, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 20 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - It was twice the fun for members of the White House Correspondents' Association and guests Saturday night when President Bush and a look-alike, sound-alike sidekick poked fun at the president and fellow politicians.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I feel chipper tonight. I survived the White House shake-up," the president said.

But impersonator Steve Bridges stole many of the best lines. Vice President Dick Cheney and his hunting accident were targets of his humor on a couple of occasions.

"Speaking of suspects, where is the great white hunter?" Bridges said, later adding, "He shot the only trial lawyer in the country who supports me."

Bush continued a tradition begun by President Coolidge in attending the correspondents' dinner.

He invited Bridges to play his double. The president talked to the press in polite, friendly terms. Bridges told them what the president was really thinking.

Bridges opened like this: "The media really ticks me off — the way they try to embarrass me by not editing what I say. Well, let's get things going, or I'll never get to bed."

"I'm absolutely delighted to be here, as is (wife) Laura," Bush replied.

"She's hot," Bridges quipped.

The featured entertainer was Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" often lampoons the Washington establishment.

"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," Colbert said in a typical zinger.

He also paid mock tribute to Bush as a man who "believes Wednesday what he believed Monday, despite what happened Tuesday."

Yet it's the Who's Who of power and celebrity in the audience — invited by media organizations to their dinner tables — that draws much of the attention.

Joining ABC were former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, the CIA officer at the heart of a leak investigation that has reached deep into the White House.

Others on the guest list included rapper-actor Ludacris; James Denton, the hunky plumber on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; "Dancing With the Stars" winner Drew Lachey; New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; tennis player Anna Kournikova; and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Award winners honored at the dinner were:

_Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press and Terry Moran of ABC News, Merriman Smith Awards, the top journalism award for White House reporting under deadline pressure.

Riechmann was recognized for breaking the news of Bush's choice of John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Moran was cited for his broadcast coverage of Bush's first visit to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

_Carl Cannon of the National Journal, the Aldo Beckman Award for his profile of presidential adviser Michael Gerson. The award is given for repeated excellence in White House reporting.

_Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer of the Copley News Service, the Edgar A. Poe Award for a series of stories on Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes. The Poe award recognizes excellence in news of national and regional importance.

The association was established in 1914 as a bridge between the press corps and the White House. The current president is Mark Smith of AP Radio.

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KEYWORDS: bush; colbert; comedy; correspondents; humor; presscorps; whcadinner
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The President and Steve Bridges were hilarious. Steven Colbert was a let down.
1 posted on 04/30/2006 3:43:28 AM PDT by saveliberty
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To: saveliberty
He ought to be ordering half the SOB's in the room arrested and jailed for destroying our nations will to fight.

Instead he's partying with them.

Not too bright.

2 posted on 04/30/2006 3:46:56 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: saveliberty

Look for the leftstream media to report that there was something that didn't go right, and that it was W's fault.


3 posted on 04/30/2006 3:49:20 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: saveliberty

"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," Colbert said in a typical zinger."

LOL...Thats just funny...


4 posted on 04/30/2006 3:51:01 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: saveliberty
Yet it's the Who's Who of power and celebrity in the audience — invited by media organizations to their dinner tables — that draws much of the attention. Joining ABC were former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame....

OK....they're neither famous nor powerful. An obvious ploy by one of the press members. Marginalize this person/paper/network. Give them the Helen Thomas treatment.

5 posted on 04/30/2006 3:52:46 AM PDT by edpc
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To: Adder

Too bad it's not true in DC.


6 posted on 04/30/2006 3:52:59 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (My donation to the GOP went here instead: http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/index.php)
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To: saveliberty
It was obviously ABC's plan to create news instead of reporting it by inviting Walnut Brain Wilson and Where is Waldo Plame.
7 posted on 04/30/2006 3:53:47 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: saveliberty

I just watched a replay of it on C-SPAN. The President and the impersonator were terrific. Colbert was pretty good, but the venue makes it difficult for a large crowd to whoop it up. The tape production that Colbert presented was excellent, imo.


8 posted on 04/30/2006 3:54:07 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Rome2000

Actually, I thought he showed a lot of class and that they shot themselves in the proverbial assets


9 posted on 04/30/2006 3:54:25 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Ed_in_NJ

LOL! I noticed that Elizabeth White had to say that Bridges stole the best lines, when it was clear that it was orchestrated that he deliver the funniest ones.

There were times when the President had a difficult time containing his laughter.


10 posted on 04/30/2006 3:55:39 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Rome2000
Bush always turns the other check and he ends up getting slapped. You want a special prosecutor to hound my senior advisers in a time of war, sure. He's indicting my guys for trifling nonsense, well he's dignified.

Somebody has to take responsibility for Katrina, let me set the example and do it.

The only ones Bush gets tough with are the Minutemen and his base. For everyone else it's President Doormat.
11 posted on 04/30/2006 3:56:14 AM PDT by Patriot from Philly
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To: edpc

ABC invited them to embarass the President and the Wilsons didn't even make an impression (except to the BDS afflicted members of the Press)


12 posted on 04/30/2006 3:56:46 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: leadpenny

Wow, I came away with a different impression. I watched it last night and thought Colbert was not that good because his jokes seemed to be too small minded. He was funny when he first talked about the head vs gut, but then it was time to move onto something else. :-) The beauty of liberty is that there's something for everyone.

Captain Ed was watching Fox and he gave this perspective

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/006875.php


13 posted on 04/30/2006 4:00:09 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Adder

:-) That was a good one


14 posted on 04/30/2006 4:00:38 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: tobyhill

LOL! It didn't work too well, did it?


15 posted on 04/30/2006 4:01:12 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: saveliberty

OK, I'll ask a girlie question. I didn't see it, was Val pretty or average?


16 posted on 04/30/2006 4:01:16 AM PDT by Patriot from Philly
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To: Patriot from Philly

But when the Chicago Times editorialized, “We then repeat the question as to what adequate motive we have for inaugurating a civil war?”

In a short time, a military officer arrived at the newspaper, shut it down and sealed its presses.

Eventually over 300 northern newspapers would be closed by Union troops and the journalists who dared question Lincoln’s actions were jailed.

-David O. Jones


17 posted on 04/30/2006 4:02:13 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Patriot from Philly

She was pretty. She wore an ivory sleeveless dress.


18 posted on 04/30/2006 4:03:07 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: saveliberty

Yeah, he's no Claudette.


19 posted on 04/30/2006 4:05:44 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

LOL! That's for sure. Was she a friend of Reagan?


20 posted on 04/30/2006 4:07:51 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: saveliberty

Colbert's bit dragged on and on and on ... He just wasn't very funny.


22 posted on 04/30/2006 4:16:54 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: saveliberty
OK, is the President the only one they poked fun at?
23 posted on 04/30/2006 4:20:02 AM PDT by patj
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To: Rome2000
Instead he's partying with them.

And with Joe Wilson and his wife, of all people.

24 posted on 04/30/2006 4:21:30 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: saveliberty

I just felt so embarassed for Colbert last night; NOTHING he said was funny, nor did it get many laughs from the audience. The video with Helen Thomas was funny at times, but because its premise was attacking the President about Iraq, it seemed hostile overall.


25 posted on 04/30/2006 4:24:38 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: saveliberty

I think so. Didn't they work together at least once?


26 posted on 04/30/2006 4:29:26 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: nygoose
And with Joe Wilson and his wife, of all people.

I know, the DBM just invited these treacherous liars to rile us.

It just reaffirms who these scum are in the DBM.

27 posted on 04/30/2006 4:34:33 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: edpc; saveliberty
[Quoting story] "Joining ABC were former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame...."

They were at the table where grubs and worms were served, weren't they? That's what moles eat........

28 posted on 04/30/2006 4:35:16 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: nygoose; arbooz

W should refuse to attend such an event, breaking this "tradition" once and for all.


This President has demonstrated that he is absoulutely clueless when it comes to dealing with his domestic enemies on the left, de facto enemy allies in that they are more effective at destroying our will to fight than some smelly one eyed subhuman towelhead camel jockey could ever hope to be.

Hard to believe that it has been less than 5 years since 9/11 and more than half of the population want us out of Iraq and Afghanistan and believe that there were no WMD.

The propaganda of the left has been unbelievably effective, they are running around with straight faces saying Iraq has nothing to do with the WOT, and people are buying into it.

The American left should be assailed by this President, its political leaders shamed and silenced and its propagandists in the press jailed .

Iran knows that the left is its biggest ally and is acting accordingly.


29 posted on 04/30/2006 4:39:31 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Joann37
The video with Helen Thomas was funny at times, ....

Didn't Helen Thomas come in for any ribbing for her slamming shots with a Mexican poolboy or whatever it was she was up to a few weeks ago?

30 posted on 04/30/2006 4:39:55 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: saveliberty

" Anna Kournikova"

Rules.......


31 posted on 04/30/2006 4:41:14 AM PDT by Rebelbase ("truth is not invalidated by suppression"--nicmarlo)
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To: Rebelbase

OK, here.....take a quick look, then get to church.

;-)

32 posted on 04/30/2006 4:48:04 AM PDT by edpc
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To: saveliberty

I didn't even get to see Ben Roethlisberger. Bummer. Die Hard Pittsburgh Steeler Fan Ping!

IT'S A 'BURGH THING!


34 posted on 04/30/2006 4:57:59 AM PDT by PAMadMax (Islam is the enemy of all mankind...AlJazeera is its PR Firm)
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To: edpc

That whole list of celebrities sounded like the lineup on Hollywood Squares: "I'll take Joe Wilson to block, please."


35 posted on 04/30/2006 5:01:59 AM PDT by Bernard (God helps those who helps themselves - The US Government takes in the rest.)
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To: Rome2000
He ought to be ordering half the SOB's in the room arrested and jailed for destroying our nations will to fight. Instead he's partying with them. Not too bright.

What you said.

Don't lend this nest of snakes an aura of friendliness and give credence to the myth of legitimate 'journalism' for these seditionist elites.

X42 dearly loved these affairs. Remember Drudge posting the lavish menus? After the final sorbet, all the ink worms wriggled up to the bent one's throne to lick and groom his carcass and clean public image. Certainly one of the more sickening displays of corruption in the last half century. Why play the charade of honoring those for whom honor has no meaning?
36 posted on 04/30/2006 5:05:37 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Di'ver'si'ty (adj.): A compound word derived from the root words: division; perversion; adversity.)
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To: tobyhill
It was obviously ABC's plan to create news instead of reporting it by inviting Walnut Brain Wilson and Where is Waldo Plame ...

ABC is only following form, after all they hired half the Clintonistas ... Coumo, Georgia Stef, Clark, etc..

38 posted on 04/30/2006 5:09:53 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Rome2000

President Bush was the star all the way around. Class 100%. Most of the audience, as well as most of the stage personnas, reeked with self-importance. Big media inviting the likes of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, George Clooney, Ludicrus, etc. The media elites came but lost this battle BIGTIME. Our President comes out unscathed.


39 posted on 04/30/2006 5:14:30 AM PDT by maxter
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To: plain talk

:-) I agree. He made the President look classy and brilliant, which clearly was the inverse of what he thought he was doing


40 posted on 04/30/2006 5:15:39 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: patj

The Press Corp President Mark somebody or other from AP Radio whined about their ramshackle quarters in the WH, which is undergoing renovations. Poor babies ;-)

And Colbert did tease the press about not being hard on the President and inferred that their analysis was factual and just about right.

LOL! This made him look like a petulant teenager


41 posted on 04/30/2006 5:17:50 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Joann37

I didn't feel embarassed for him. I felt sorry for him that he thought he was being witty and that he thought that he was controlling our impressions. He failed. We all have things that we fall short on, but few are televised nationally.

I don't think that he realizes how tough the camera is on him (not visually so much as audially)


42 posted on 04/30/2006 5:19:53 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Past Your Eyes

There was at least one movie they did together and I may be misremembering, but I had thought that she had something positive to say about him while in office.


43 posted on 04/30/2006 5:20:51 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: nygoose

;-) Oh it was clear that he wasn't partying with them


44 posted on 04/30/2006 5:21:27 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: lentulusgracchus

LOL! They really don't merit any attention


45 posted on 04/30/2006 5:22:02 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Rebelbase

;-) I am not that kind of gal, but it seems that someone else was able to post her photo for you


46 posted on 04/30/2006 5:22:47 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: Rome2000

I respectfully disagree about the President attending. There were old clips of other dinners and the best by far were two by Reagan.

It's a forum to put the shoe on the other foot.


47 posted on 04/30/2006 5:24:16 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: PAMadMax

CSPAN showed him coming into the hall. It may be on a repeat.


48 posted on 04/30/2006 5:25:00 AM PDT by saveliberty (God Bless Tony Snow)
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To: saveliberty
Comedy Central is gutless. If Colbert really wanted to make an impression he should have flashed a picture of the Big Mo'


49 posted on 04/30/2006 5:29:41 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: saveliberty
Be nice if he acted like a war was on.

Maybe next year they will invite the parents of some of the soldiers that were killed by enemy action, they might have a few one liners of their own.

50 posted on 04/30/2006 5:32:31 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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