(via xkcd: Wake Up Sheeple)
“Everybody has got plenty of advice,” sighed President Obama at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. “Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in ‘The American President.’ And I know Michael is here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy? Might that have something to do with it?”
That’s it. That’s the joke. Or, perhaps more to the point, that isn’t the joke. There’s no punchline. It’s more of a straightforward rebuttal to a recent Maureen Dowd column.
The president was not amused, and the applause from the “stenographers” in the audience indicated that they were increasingly not amused either, except for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, sitting at one of the tables, clearly enjoying themselves, and Helen Thomas, a co-conspirator, sitting at the head table, very amused. Colbert spared no one that night, not the journalists, not the president, not the generals nor the Supreme Court justices, whether they were in the room or not.
C-SPAN was also, apparently, not amused. The footage of the dinner was aired many times but after a relatively short period of time, somehow the video got edited and Colbert’s speech was removed from further rebroadcasts. Not only that, they demanded that YouTube remove clips of the video from their site, after which Google purchased rights and put it on their video site.
The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune reported on the dinner but made no mention of the Colbert speech. So the journalists and/or editors there were not amused either, I guess.
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Whether it’s a senior citizen, military family, working mother, businessman, or middle-class American, Romney said, he will lie to every single one of them as often as he can if that’s what it takes to win the presidency.
“The best part is, it’s really easy to lie,” said Romney, who added that voicing whatever untruths come into his mind at any given moment is an easy thing to do because all it requires is opening his mouth and talking. “For example, if someone accuses me of having a tax plan that makes no discernable sense, I just lie and say that I do have a tax plan that makes sense. I also say there is a study that backs up my plan. See that? Simple. None of it is remotely true, of course, but now we’re moving on to the next topic because people are usually too afraid to ask me straight up if I’m lying, because that is apparently not something you ask someone who is running for president.”
Moreover, Romney said, if anyone does accuse him of lying, he will simply say he is not lying, which he noted is just an extension of the overall strategy.
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