Monday, May 01, 2006

Stephen Colbert roasts Bush at White House press corps dinner

Stephen Colbert, in the guise of his character on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, roasted Bush and the press at a press corps dinner at the White House. His speech came up last and left Bush and company a little uncomfortable by the time he was through. Here are some choice moments:
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."

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Observing that Bush sticks to his principles, he said, "When the president decides something on Monday, he still believes it on Wednesday - no matter what happened Tuesday."

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Addressing the reporters, he said, "Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you 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."

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[Q]uite 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" to power.
These moments were captured in all their sarcastic glory on C-SPAN, and as per usual, here are the YouTube videos for you to enjoy:

Update: It looks like the YouTube videos are down, so here's a Google Video link.


Video Link #1


Video Link #2


Video Link #3

Link (via BoingBoing)

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