Skip to comments.Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner
Posted on 04/30/2006 3:43:25 AM PDT by saveliberty
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 whenand 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 Presidentand 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," 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,, the 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; 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.
Instead he's partying with them.
Not too bright.
Look for the leftstream media to report that there was something that didn't go right, and that it was W's fault.
"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...
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.
Too bad it's not true in DC.
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.
Actually, I thought he showed a lot of class and that they shot themselves in the proverbial assets
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.
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)
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
:-) That was a good one
LOL! It didn't work too well, did it?
OK, I'll ask a girlie question. I didn't see it, was Val pretty or average?
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 Lincolns actions were jailed.
-David O. Jones
She was pretty. She wore an ivory sleeveless dress.
Yeah, he's no Claudette.
LOL! That's for sure. Was she a friend of Reagan?
Colbert's bit dragged on and on and on ... He just wasn't very funny.
And with Joe Wilson and his wife, of all people.
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.
I think so. Didn't they work together at least once?
I know, the DBM just invited these treacherous liars to rile us.
It just reaffirms who these scum are in the DBM.
They were at the table where grubs and worms were served, weren't they? That's what moles eat........
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.
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?
" Anna Kournikova"
OK, here.....take a quick look, then get to church.
I didn't even get to see Ben Roethlisberger. Bummer. Die Hard Pittsburgh Steeler Fan Ping!
IT'S A 'BURGH THING!
That whole list of celebrities sounded like the lineup on Hollywood Squares: "I'll take Joe Wilson to block, please."
ABC is only following form, after all they hired half the Clintonistas ... Coumo, Georgia Stef, Clark, etc..
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.
:-) I agree. He made the President look classy and brilliant, which clearly was the inverse of what he thought he was doing
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
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)
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.
;-) Oh it was clear that he wasn't partying with them
LOL! They really don't merit any attention
;-) I am not that kind of gal, but it seems that someone else was able to post her photo for you
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.
CSPAN showed him coming into the hall. It may be on a repeat.
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.