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May 10, 2009

White House Correspondents Dinner: Self-Deprecation In The Normal Range

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Try as he might, “44″ just can’t match “43″ for ludicrousness (inside or outside a sketch).

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Note: ‘07 dinner (with comedian Rich Little) was fairly low key due to the recent Virginia Tech shooting.

(image 1: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. caption: An image of US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office with a pirate is seen on a large screen while Obama tells a joke during the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner on May 9, 2009 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington. image 2: Doug Mills, New York Times. caption: President Bush conducts the Marine Corps band at the 2008 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. image 3: caption Haraz N. Ghanbari/A.P.: President Bush, left, stands on a chair next to David J. Rivelli, one of two recipients of the Deborah Orin Scholarship, during the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Saturday, April 26, 2008, in Washington. When Rivelli was taking his picture with Bush, Bush quickly noticed how much taller Rivelli was and decided to gain a foot or two by standing on the chair.image 4: Roger L. Wollenberg/Pool. from: A New Set of Bush Twins Appear at Annual Correspondents’ Dinner (NYT)
  • Spaniard

    Nobody will ever match the gutsy Colbert. Best performance and truth to the face ever!

  • g

    Seeing those pictures of Bush mugging reminds me again how needy he was for attention. It’s not enough that he was the guest of honor, he had to upstage even musicians and scholarship students. “Lookit me!” I am reminded of the story how as a child he tried to cheer up his mother after his sister’s death, by clowning around and joking. It’s as if he were emotionally arrested at that age. Sad, pathetic man should never have been elected President. The entire experience was the acme of his life’s quest for attention.

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