by Frank James
A dinner likely more fun for us than Bush
Mon May 1, 2006 21:03
 

 
Kudos Mr. Colbert. Too bad hardly anybody wants to tell this story.

Special: The video
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/05/01/045048.php


Originally posted: May 1, 2006
A dinner likely more fun for us than Bush

Posted by Frank James at 12:40 pm CDT

Saturday was the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner, Washington's version of the Academy Awards without the awards and with television production values fit only for C-Span.
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For those who haven't yet seen what was a weird and unforgettable performance by the president and the impersonator, and who have broadband connections, it's available on

C-Span.org
http://www.cspan.org

or youtube.com.
http://www.youtube.com

It's worth viewing.

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The White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner
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As C-Span began to once more air the arrivals and departures of various guests - Helen Thomas delightfully mugging for the cameras, Valerie Plame looking like what every Bond girl wants to be, and George Clooney lost in a sea of women - I sat back on my couch and picked up my jaw from the floor.

I mean, the jokes weren't that funny - they were the kind that make you grin more than hold on to your stomach and the faithful will notice that some of the material was recycled from the show. But in a world obsessed with adapting oneself to the audience in a vain attempt to be loved by more and more people, Stephen Colbert stuck to his fake-pundit guns. He didn't pull his punches, he wasn't intimidated by a milieu that was far different from his own [or if he was, he kept it to himself] and he was exactly who he is on his show.

Put in a room with the President of the United States, administration officials, lawmakers and the men and women who bring you news of them, Stephen Colbert did something that should make every American proud.

He exercised the rights given to him by the Constitution of his country to speak his mind and to speak it freely even in the face of power. In those minutes I was reminded that in this country, in these United States, the citizen retains the ultimate power.

Kudos Mr. Colbert. Too bad hardly anybody wants to tell this story.

Special: The video
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/05/01/045048.php


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