Monday, May 01, 2006

A Sobering Reminder

Commenting on the small ruckus over Stephen Colbert's absolutely hilarious bit at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, Sam Rosenfeld of the American Prospect reminds us of the last time something like this happened.

At the Correspondents Dinner in 1996, radio personality Don Imus made some off-color jokes about marital infidelity in front of Bill Clinton.

Rosenfeld added, in sobering fashion: "It’s a nice reminder of the change in stakes over the past decade -- to really hit Clinton where it hurt involved mentioning his problems with monogamy, whereas with Bush it involves mentioning secret torture prisons and all those thousands of dead people."

Speaking of which, it was three years ago today that Bush stood on the deck of that aircraft carrier with the "Mission Accomplished" sign proudly displayed behind him.

While just this morning, Bush noted that "there's going to be more tough days ahead" in Iraq.

Happy Anniversary, Mr. President.


Anonymous Sven said...

You Stalinist, you.

(Who needs wingnut blogs when we have the New Republic?)

May 01, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Thanks for the link. I didn't see that on The Plank, yet.

Scheiber completely misses the point. He's probably right that much of the material was recycled from The Colbert Report, but what made it so funny and refreshing to hear is that this time the president and other butts of the jokes were forced to sit there and listen.

That's what all the fuss is about -- not that Colbert simply said the jokes in some random forum.

May 01, 2006  

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