...Speaking of "Influential Man of Truthiness" Stephen Colbert...
He spoke last night (April 29) at the annual White House Correspondent Dinner traditionally spoofing the President, Congress and other governmental and political figures. Hmmm, since when did Colbert actually get correspondent credentials? Anyway...Colbert lampooned George W. Bush in his Colbert Report persona, making #43 and first lady Laura Bush unamused and frowning at the end.
There's a media trend: conservative Republicans don't understand self-depricating humor.
Among the highlight truthiness quips in front of 2700 dinner attendees in DC:
> Urged Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, "and reality has a well-known liberal bias."Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, the Valerie Plame scandal, "photo ops" on aircraft carriers and at hurricane disasters, melting glaciers and Vice President Cheney shooting people in the face. On unauthorized wiretapping, Colbert advised the crowd, "if anybody needs anything at their tables, speak slowly and clearly on into your table numbers and somebody from the N.S.A. will be right over with a cocktail."
> Attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. "This administration is soaring, not sinking," he said. "If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."
> Told Bush he could end the problem of protests by retired generals by refusing to let them retire. He compared Bush to Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies, always getting punched in the face -- "and Apollo Creed is everything else in the world."
> Turning to the war, he declared, "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."
Wonder if Colbert will get invited back? Meanwhile, he's a 60 Minutes profile tonight...
For lots more of the scathing "tribute", click here
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Sunday, April 30, 2006,