At the White House Correspondent's Dinner, Colbert roasted Bush - and how - and apparently der Chimpenfurher was not amused, nor was frau Laura. C&L has the full video, you've GOT to see this. You can see the entire thing in 3 parts at YouTube:TrueBlueMajority @ Kos: "NSA wiretapping, Katrina, Global warming, capitalist kissing up to China, the Republican aversion to facts, secret prisons in Eastern Europe, bad reporting on WMD intelligence, the complicity of the mainstream media, retired generals attacking Rumsfeld, the 32% approval rating, Jeff Gannon, Plamegate, the relentlessness of Helen Thomas asking tough questions, the culture of corruption..."
The genius of Colbert is not just that he's funny as hell, but that he's unafraid to back it all up. This is after all the man who coined the term "truthiness". The standout zingers for me were:
I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, like aircraft carriers, rubble, and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message that no matter what happens to America she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world!To the Press Corps:
Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the Chocolate City... Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington D.C., the Chocolate City with a marshmallow center... and a graham cracker crust of corruption.
[Jesse Jackson] is a very challenging interview... It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.
The greatest thing about this President is you know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday!
Over the last 5 years you people were so good, over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, global warming - we Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy to not find out.After watching this, check out the interview he did with the brilliant and handsome Sam Harris, author of The End Of Faith, my current read.
Write that novel you've got kicking around in your head--you know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the Administration--you know, fiction!
I *heart* you, Stephen Colbert.