Did anyone else catch Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent's Dinner? This is a long download but worth every damn minute of it. He was fantastic and said so many of the things I have been dying to hear some one say to W and friends. If only the "real" media had half the guts that he did in front of a not very receptive crowd. And since that same media got pretty rough treatment in his speech there is little surprise that they have mostly ignored him in their coverage of the event, instead covering a fairly lame bit with W and a look-a-like. So send this link to your friends since they're not going to hear about it unless they see it themselves.
Editor and Publisher had this to say about the reaction at the event:
W and friends didn't like it? Good.
Those seated near Bush told E&P's Joe Strupp, who was elsewhere in the room, that Bush had quickly turned from an amused guest to an obviously offended target as Colbert’s comments brought up his low approval ratings and problems in Iraq.
Several veterans of past dinners, who requested anonymity, said the presentation was more directed at attacking the president than in the past. Several said previous hosts, like Jay Leno, equally slammed both the White House and the press corps.
“This was anti-Bush,” said one attendee. “Usually they go back and forth between us and him.” Another noted that Bush quickly turned unhappy. “You could see he stopped smiling about halfway through Colbert,” he reported.
Strupp, in the crowd during the Colbert routine, had observed that quite a few sitting near him looked a little uncomfortable at times, perhaps feeling the material was a little too biting -- or too much speaking "truthiness" (Colbert's made-up word) to power.
I'm reminded of Jim Morrison's comment after The Doors sang some lyrics on air that Ed Sullivan Show producers had specifically prohibited them from singing and was told "You'll never do Ed Sullivan again." Morrison replied, "Hey man, we jsut DID Ed Sullivan."
Colbert is officially the first married celebrity to crack the Libby Mae Celebrity Crush list.
Colbert/Stewart in 2008!
I think Colbert will be proud of his decision to personally make the most of his 10 minutes with the President.
Very refreshing--and ballsy! Colbert has always been funny, but he is definitely coming into his own. If you want to see him in fine form, go to Comedycentral.com and watch his interview with athiest/author Sam Harris. Colbert plays the part of the egocentric Christian pitch-perfectly.
By 8:12 AM, at
There's a Stewart/Colbert '08 bumpersticker available online. Mrs. Jerjo just ordered it.
Damn, the guy has got stones the size of boulders. Just like Jon Stewart's "holy shit, did he just do that" moment was his appearance on Crossfire and the destruction of Tucker Carlson, this was Colbert's, and on an even bigger stage. We watched it live on Saturday evening, stayed up and watched the replay right after, and then watched it again on Sunday. It just kept getting better. And oh, the look on Pickles' face when Colbert passed by her afterwards was priceless. Just like the beautiful belly laugh that Valerie Plame had when Colbert pointed her out.
By 9:51 PM, at
There's a great analysis of the speech on salon.com, but you have to watch an ad to get it.
Jambo, is this your doing?