Nero (Bush) Fiddles (Jokes) Wihle Rome (Iraq & Climate) Burns

Correspondentsdinner

If this isn’t enough to make you want to puke then I don’t know what to say.

A criminal administration laughing it up and getting all cozy with their big media buddies, who let corrupt politicians and corporations get away with anything and everything, all for the sake of their own personal careers and invitations to these type of events.

I mean what is the purpose of this other than to buddy up to the people who are supposed to be keeping an eye on you? These groups should not be buddies. Ok, they don’t have to be venom spitting foes, but they can’t be sleeping in the same f-ing bed. Amazing. Yuking it up with one of the biggest criminals of modern times, just because he holds a particular office and because it’s good for your career.

Click through to read the article. Go to the LA Times website if you want to see video. I was going to pop it onto my YouTube account but now time this morning… got to get outside on this beautiful spring day. Cheers!


Correspondents’ dinner features fun, frolicking, and MC Rove
By Matea Gold
Times Staff Writer

March 29, 2007

WASHINGTON — Maybe it was when Brian Williams burped “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Or when Karl Rove jived and jumped on stage as rap star “MC Rove.” Or when President Bush mused about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s “sleek, hairless pecs.”

But it wasn’t long into Wednesday night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Assn. dinner before it was apparent that this year’s black tie gala was ready-made for YouTube.

The annual gathering of scores of broadcast journalists in the low-ceilinged ballroom of the Washington Hilton has long generated its share of provocative humor, such as Bush’s jokes in 2004 about not being able to find weapons of mass destruction.

This year’s atmosphere, however, was decidedly more rollicking than usual.

It started out with the newest offering from the folks at JibJab, who crafted an animated short called “What We Call the News” featuring bobblehead cartoon versions of the likes of Anderson Cooper and Geraldo Rivera, singing and dancing amid cable news mainstays such as Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith. (The cartoon can be viewed at http://www.JibJab.com.)

When it came time for Bush to speak, he kept his remarks short and self-deprecating.

“A year ago, my approval rating was in the 30s,” the president said. “My nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone.”

He paused, then added regretfully: “Ah, those were the good ol’ days.”

Bush took some swipes at the Democrats, thanking Virginia Sen. Jim Webb — whose aide was stopped earlier this week trying to bring a loaded handgun into a Capitol complex building — for providing security for the dinner. And he noted that Obama, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, was not in attendance.

“Not enough press,” he quipped, as laughter filled the cavernous room.

The president said he recently saw a photo of Obama on vacation on the beach in Hawaii, “his sleek, hairless pecs glistening.”

“Shows how biased the press is,” Bush added. “Ever seen a shot like that of Denny Hastert?”

The president’s routine was upstaged moments later when improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of the ABC show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” took over.

For their first act, they recruited NBC anchor Williams and Cheryl Gould, senior vice president of NBC News, to deliver the sound effects for a nonsensical skit about a hunter and a lawyer — one that culminated with the two volunteers burping “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” to the incredulous delight of their colleagues.

Next, they tapped Rove to come on stage. Initially, the presidential advisor regarded them warily as they quizzed him about what he likes to do when he’s not working. (“Tear the tops off of small animals,” he said dryly at one point.)

But he got in the swing of things after they dubbed him “MC Rove” and asked him to star in an on-the-fly rap.

As Sherwood chanted about the “sidekick to the president,” Rove jumped and shook, crossing his arms with rap-star-like attitude. NBC White House correspondent David Gregory served as a back-up dancer. The room shook with astounded laughter.

“Tell me, what is your name?” Sherwood rapped.

“MC Rove!” the White House official shouted with glee.

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