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Mr. President, Meet the Price of Darkness [Ozzy Osbourne]
CNN ^ | 5/5/02 | CNN Staff

Posted on 05/05/2002 4:01:51 AM PDT by BunnySlippers

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:00:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush and top members of his administration mingled and shared laughs Saturday with Washington reporters, insiders and some outsiders -- including famed British rocker Ozzy Osbourne -- at this year's White House Correspondents dinner.

Comedian Drew Carey was on hand to provide the entertainment during the more than three-hour event, doing stand-up comedy for the president and more than 1,800 guests, from top White House adviser Karl Rove to hard rocker turned reality show star Ozzy Osbourne.


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1 posted on 05/05/2002 4:01:51 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

2 posted on 05/05/2002 4:02:44 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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Singer Ozzy Osburne (R) poses with a fan at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, May 4, 2002. President George W. Bush mentioned the heavy metal star in his remarks. REUTERS/William Philpott

President George W. Bush speaks at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, May 4, 2002. Bush mentioned rock legend Ozzy Osbourne in his remarks, prompting Osbourne to stand on a chair and salute the president. Photo by William Philpott/Reuters

3 posted on 05/05/2002 4:06:20 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
Ozzy standing on his chair and blowing kisses to the president was so funny, I laughed til my face hurt! That along with Drew Carey's line about reading Revelations and checking off each prophecy as they seem to be occuring today: "Yep, yep, red monster with the horns, Ozzie Osborn is now America's favorite t.v. dad, yep..." It was a very funny night.
4 posted on 05/05/2002 4:14:21 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BunnySlippers
I cannot, for the life of me, think why Bush would do this. We are fighting a war, young men in uniform are giving their lives for Freedom and the Shrub is at a dinner party living it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne.
5 posted on 05/05/2002 4:14:54 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: rambo316
I cannot, for the life of me, think why Bush would do this. We are fighting a war, young men in uniform are giving their lives for Freedom and the Shrub is at a dinner party living it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne.

Are you mad that he was at a dinner party, or that Ozzy was there? Would it have been ok if he was yukking it up with Gordon Lightfoot?

6 posted on 05/05/2002 4:17:52 AM PDT by Rodney King
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To: rambo316
I cannot, for the life of me, think why Bush would do this.

You think it would have been better for Bush to have been the first president since before Calvin Coolidge to not have attended the dinner?

7 posted on 05/05/2002 4:17:52 AM PDT by be-baw
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To: rambo316
It's an annual thing. EVERY president does it.
8 posted on 05/05/2002 4:19:27 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: rambo316
What, jealous you weren't invited??
9 posted on 05/05/2002 4:20:20 AM PDT by Wrigley
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To: BunnySlippers
Wouldn't that be something if Ozzy turns out to be something like Ted Nuget!

Of course MTV would drop him like a hot cake.

10 posted on 05/05/2002 4:21:21 AM PDT by fso301
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To: rambo316
.....lighten up.
11 posted on 05/05/2002 4:21:44 AM PDT by mystery-ak
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To: rambo316
An awful lot of those young men in uniform probably own a few Ozzy albums and are just fine with it.
12 posted on 05/05/2002 4:23:38 AM PDT by stiga bey
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To: rambo316
...living it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne.

Damn Hippy! Hey Rammo, maybe Ozzy is a Commie too!

13 posted on 05/05/2002 4:24:55 AM PDT by ResistorSister
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To: BunnySlippers
Entertainer Ozzy Osbourne, center, poses for a picture with unidentified participants during the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner, Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Washington. Osbourne, a guest of Fox News, sat at Fox's table. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)
- May 04 10:53 PM ET
Singer Ozzy Osburne (R) poses with a fan at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, May 4, 2002. President George W. Bush mentioned the heavy metal star in his remarks. REUTERS/William Philpott
- May 04 11:28 PM ET
President Bush listens to laughter from the audience as he deadpans an expression after a joke during annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)
- May 04 11:32 PM ET
Drew Carey performs his comedy during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)
- May 04 11:28 PM ET

14 posted on 05/05/2002 4:25:10 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: fso301
Wouldn't that be something if Ozzy turns out to be something like Ted Nuget!

If you look at the photo I posted in # 3 it starts out by saying "Ozzy Osbourne (R) ... ". I thought "Wow, AP is now identifying celebrities by political party". But instead of the (R) meaning Republican, I'm sure it means that Ozzy is standing to the Right in the photo. :-)

15 posted on 05/05/2002 4:25:44 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: rambo316
I don't fault Bush for being there, but I sure do have a problem with him hamming it up with regard to Osbourne. He didn't need to slam the guy from the platform, but did he have to address him? Sheesh!
16 posted on 05/05/2002 4:26:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This cracks me up from another article about the dinner.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton (news - web sites) was also the object of Bush's humor when he showed a photograph of himself with a woman dressed in full-length blue burka and said it was the former first lady.

17 posted on 05/05/2002 4:29:31 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
Ozzy as a Republican? Hmmm. Given his history, I doubt if Ozzy is particularly fond of being pushed around by busy-body government bureaucrats any more than we FReepers are. Maybe he just needs a little encouragement...
18 posted on 05/05/2002 4:30:36 AM PDT by stiga bey
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To: be-baw
For the most part, the correspondents are a bunch of Commies anyway and in answer to one of your questions: I believe that in a time of war, there should be no partying until the war is over and our boys are home safely.

I'll tell you one thing, this whole charade of the correspondents dinner and Ozzy being there just goes to show you that life really does not matter to any of these schmucks. Like I said earlier, our boys are over fighting for our Freedoms and the shrub is partying it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne and the MTV crowd, trying to appeal to all the young skulls full of mush. It won't work and this strategy is disgusting.

19 posted on 05/05/2002 4:31:30 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: Wrigley
No and you want to know something, if I was invited, I wouldn't go because we are at war, and all my focus would be on winning this war and getting all of our boys back safely, to their families.
20 posted on 05/05/2002 4:35:12 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: rambo316
I believe that in a time of war, there should be no partying until the war is over

That sounds like Jimmy Carter's strategy during the Iran hostage crisis--confine yourself to the White House premises and send a message to the enemy that he's got you rattled. If you polled the military about whether or not the President should attend the White House Corresondents' Dinner, I would be willing to bet you that they would vote 'yea' by more than 3 to 1.

21 posted on 05/05/2002 4:35:23 AM PDT by be-baw
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To: DoughtyOne
He didn't need to slam the guy from the platform, but did he have to address him?

Next thing you know there will be pictures in the National Enquirer of Ozzy jumping up and down on the bed in the Lincoln bedroom.

22 posted on 05/05/2002 4:38:09 AM PDT by be-baw
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To: BunnySlippers
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton (news - web sites) was also the object of Bush's humor when he showed a photograph of himself with a woman dressed in full-length blue burka and said it was the former first lady.

BEFORE

AFTER


23 posted on 05/05/2002 4:38:16 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: rambo316
The president's schedule routinely includes (just recently) photo ops with the Los Angeles Lakers and many other people in the news. For all the hype about how busy a president is, it's a fact that 80% of it is ceremonial and has nothing to do with politics. But this dinner is a Washington tradition ... Bush would have looked like a first class jerk if he insisted on not going.
24 posted on 05/05/2002 4:38:25 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: rambo316
I wouldn't go because we are at war

War has not been declared. Our military men are almost ALWAYS deployed somewhere ...

25 posted on 05/05/2002 4:40:06 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: rambo316
No and you want to know something, if I was invited, I wouldn't go because we are at war, and all my focus would be on winning this war and getting all of our boys back safely, to their families.

Rambo, for Pete's sake, it was a few hours from one Saturday night. I hardly think going to an annual function that lasted a few hours is getting the President off track with the war on terror.

26 posted on 05/05/2002 4:40:32 AM PDT by RepubMommy
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To: DoughtyOne
You got that right!!

Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, congregating with these Commies only degrades the presidency. Especially, when filth like Ozzy Osborne is invited.

27 posted on 05/05/2002 4:42:01 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: rambo316
I cannot, for the life of me, think why Bush would do this. We are fighting a war, young men in uniform are giving their lives for Freedom and the Shrub is at a dinner party living it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne.

"The Shrub"???? Well, it's obvious you are a DemocRAT.

First of all, Greta Van Sustren invited them to the dinner, not President Bush- read the article.

So, what have you been doing since 9/11? Just sitting in the corner of your room meditating and reflecting on the meaning of life. I imagine you have also gotten on with your life. Like the rest of us.

Do you people ever have ANY fun?

28 posted on 05/05/2002 4:42:24 AM PDT by jokemoke
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To: BunnySlippers
Call me crazy--but Laura looked very nice in that dress.

And, ahem, I didn't notice anything else, I mean, she is married, and I wouldn't look....well, you know.....err. ..forget it.


29 posted on 05/05/2002 4:42:37 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
She looks great as always. Is that Joe Scarbourgh to the right?
30 posted on 05/05/2002 4:46:24 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Rodney King
Would it have been ok if he was yukking it up with Gordon Lightfoot?

Hey, don't be slammin' on Gordon Lightfoot now.

31 posted on 05/05/2002 4:46:53 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: rambo316
Like I said earlier, our boys are over fighting for our Freedoms and the shrub is partying it up with the likes of Ozzy Osborne and the MTV crowd, trying to appeal to all the young skulls full of mush. It won't work and this strategy is disgusting.

You just called George Bush "the Shrub". This is a Democrat term for Bush. Are you a disruptor?

32 posted on 05/05/2002 4:48:55 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: be-baw
Did I say not attend the correspondents Dinner?

No.

It is better to be humble than to look stupid paying attention to the likes of Ozzy Osborne and joking it up with him, trying to appeal to the young skulls full of mush who will never vote for you anyway.

33 posted on 05/05/2002 4:49:27 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: FlyVet
Hey, don't be slammin' on Gordon Lightfoot now.

I was just trying to figure out if Rambos problem was with the party itself, or with Ozzy being there. I like that song about the big ship sinking, by the way.

34 posted on 05/05/2002 4:50:09 AM PDT by Rodney King
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To: SkyPilot
That picture is more frightening than anything that I have ever seen. What a witch.
35 posted on 05/05/2002 4:52:27 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: rambo316
No and you want to know something, if I was invited, I wouldn't go because we are at war, and all my focus would be on winning this war and getting all of our boys back safely, to their families.

......Great!!!! And I just bought tickets to see the Eagles. I guess I cannot go if there is still some fighten' going on somewhere in the world.

36 posted on 05/05/2002 4:53:59 AM PDT by jokemoke
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To: BunnySlippers
Bunny, you got the headline wrong.

It is supposed to read, "Prince of Darkness".

37 posted on 05/05/2002 4:54:13 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: BunnySlippers
She looks great as always. Is that Joe Scarbourgh to the right?

I dunno. I almost thought it looked like some actor from the show "Friends."

Who is the blonde on the left?


38 posted on 05/05/2002 4:54:48 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Rodney King
Okay. I'll forgive you. If you ever read "Gales of November" by Robert Hemming (probably not available any more) you wouldn't be slammin' on Ol' Gordon.
39 posted on 05/05/2002 4:55:35 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: BunnySlippers
(to Rambo) You just called George Bush "the Shrub". This is a Democrat term for Bush. Are you a disruptor?

More specifically, this is Molly Ivin's deprecating term for our president. I therefore assume that Rambo = Molly Ivins.

40 posted on 05/05/2002 4:57:05 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: BunnySlippers
Is that Joe Scarbourgh to the right?

He's with Cox Newspapers, formerly of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the incoming president of the organization that hosts this event. I've forgotten his name.

41 posted on 05/05/2002 4:59:28 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: jokemoke
No, I am not a demorat. I am a Patriot and have been a Freeper for a long time. I even think that classic Rock & Roll is great, but in my opinion, I don't think that it is right of President Bush to give notice to a so called entertainer. That goes for any entertainer but especially Ozzy.
42 posted on 05/05/2002 5:00:25 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: BunnySlippers
"How come I wasn't invited. Do you know you are speaking to GENERAL Yassir Arafat! Be Quiet!! I am a General.....Are you asking Me? You must be acurately when speaking to a General!


43 posted on 05/05/2002 5:00:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: rambo316
Give it a rest. A LOT of young people who like Ozzy will vote for Bush. We have two of them right here in our home. We watch The Osbournes every week. Mom, dad, two teenagers. It's a great show.

I'm sure you haven't seen it since it's been on TV post 9/11 and you seem to have stopped living since then.

44 posted on 05/05/2002 5:05:35 AM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: SkyPilot
Good one!
45 posted on 05/05/2002 5:07:23 AM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: rambo316
No, I am not a demorat.

Why do you call George Bush a demeaning name like "SHRUB"??? That is an insult!

46 posted on 05/05/2002 5:08:04 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: SkyPilot
Laughed so hard I far+ed.
47 posted on 05/05/2002 5:14:00 AM PDT by SevenDaysInMay
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To: be-baw
Did you ever hear the words, "Speak softly but carry a big stick"?

That is the right personna to have especially when you are President.

Like the words the greatest President in our history, Ronald Reagan, used to live by, "Strength through Superior Fire power" Reagan got our hostages out of Iran because he rattled our enemy. Reagan beat down the Soviet Union through rattling them, not by laughing and partying it up with a bunch mentally deficient individuals, no, Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union through incrementally building our offfenses and defenses up, which that idiot, Jimmy Carter was resoponsible for tearing down.

48 posted on 05/05/2002 5:17:57 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: be-baw;rambo316
Let's do the math. It's an annual event. No president has missed it since Coolidge. The Iran hostage crisis was 444 days. That would mean that Carter broke his self-imposed isolation to attend this function.

Rambo, this is one of those necessary evils for a president. When he saw serpent-head sitting in the audience, the President had to know he was not among friends. Failing to attend would piss off people who already don't like him. That would become more of a story than any battle in Aftrashistan. He handled them well and refocused the audience on what is happening right at the end of his talk. The tribute paid to the fighting folks by Drew Carey was a nice way to finish the evening. It also helped refocus the audience to the story that is really news--as opposed to the coverage this dinner will no doubt get.

49 posted on 05/05/2002 5:20:38 AM PDT by NerdDad
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To: BunnySlippers
No, and do you know what? I should not have used that term, "shrub" to describe Bush. Please accept my apology. It will not happen again.
50 posted on 05/05/2002 5:21:36 AM PDT by rambo316
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