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Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner– President Not Amused?

By E&P Staff

Published: April 29, 2006 11:40 PM ET updated Sunday

A blistering comedy “tribute” to President Bush by Comedy Central’s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.

Earlier, the president had delivered his talk to the 2700 attendees, including many celebrities and top officials, with the help of a Bush impersonator.

Colbert, who spoke in the guise of his talk show character, who ostensibly supports the president strongly, urged the Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, “and reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.”

Colbert told Bush he could end the problem of protests by retired generals by refusing to let them retire. He compared Bush to Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies, always getting punched in the face “and Apollo Creed is everything else in the world.”

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.”

He noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, just three tables away from Karl Rove, and that he had brought ” Valerie Plame.” Then, worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do, “Uh, I mean… he brought Joseph Wilson’s wife.” He might have “dodged the bullet,” he said, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wasn’t there.

Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, “photo ops” on aircraft carriers and at hurricane disasters, melting glaciers and Vice President Cheney shooting people in the face. He advised the crowd, “if anybody needs anything at their tables, speak slowly and clearly on into your table numbers and somebody from the N.S.A. will be right over with a cocktail.”

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.”

Also lampooning the press, Colbert complained that he was “surrounded by the liberal media who are destroying this country, except for Fox News. Fox believes in presenting both sides of the story — the president’s side and the vice president’s side.” In another slap at the news channel, he said: “I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the No Fact Zone. Fox News, I own the copyright on that term.”

He also reflected on the alleged good old days for the president, when the media was still swallowing the WMD story.

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.”

He claimed that the Secret Service name for Bush’s new press secretary is “Snow Job.”

Colbert closed his routine with a video fantasy where he gets to be White House Press Secretary, complete with a special “Gannon” button on his podium. By the end, he had to run from Helen Thomas and her questions about why the U.S. really invaded Iraq and killed all those people.

As Colbert walked from the podium, when it was over, the president and First Lady gave him quick nods, unsmiling. The president shook his hand and tapped his elbow, and left immediately.

Those seated near Bush told E&P’s Joe Strupp, who was elsewhere in the room, that Bush had quickly turned from an amused guest to an obviously offended target as Colbert’s comments brought up his low approval ratings and problems in Iraq.

Several veterans of past dinners, who requested anonymity, said the presentation was more directed at attacking the president than in the past. Several said previous hosts, like Jay Leno, equally slammed both the White House and the press corps.

“This was anti-Bush,” said one attendee. “Usually they go back and forth between us and him.” Another noted that Bush quickly turned unhappy. “You could see he stopped smiling about halfway through Colbert,” he reported.

After the gathering, Snow, while nursing a Heineken outside the Chicago Tribune reception, declined to comment on Colbert. “I’m not doing entertainment reviews,” he said. “I thought the president was great, though.”

Strupp, in the crowd during the Colbert routine, had observed that quite 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.

Asked by E&P after it was over if he thought he’d been too harsh, Colbert said, “Not at all.” Was he trying to make a point politically or just get laughs? “Just for laughs,” he said. He said he did not pull any material for being too strong, just for time reasons. (He later said the president told him “good job” when he walked off.)

Helen Thomas told Strupp her segment with Colbert was “just for fun.”

In its report on the affair, USA Today asserted that some in the crowd cracked up over Colbert but others were “bewildered.” Wolf Blitzer of CNN said he thought Colbert was funny and “a little on the edge.”

Earlier, the president had addressed the crowd with a Bush impersonator alongside, with the faux-Bush speaking precisely and the real Bush deliberately mispronouncing words, such as the inevitable “nuclear.” At the close, Bush called the imposter “a fine talent. In fact, he did all my debates with Senator Kerry.” The routine went over well with the crowd — better than did Colbert’s, in fact.

Among attendees at the black tie event: Morgan Fairchild, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Justice Antonin Scalia, George Clooney, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers–in a kilt.


(poster by darryl norsen, dnorsen at gmail dot com)

From the band: “No Way Out will continue in May with a one-way sunburned trek from Boston to California. This time we’ll be on our own and playing with different bands throughout the trip.”

May 3: NYC at Mercury Lounge w/ Ira Cohen & Sunburned, The Believers, Can’t
May 4: Pittsburgh at Paint & Body
May 5: Cleveland at Inside-Outside Gallery w/ Blck Tygr , Scarcity of Tanks
May 6: Bloomington at Landlocked Records
May 7: Kansas City at Record Bar
May 8: Oklahoma City at Conservatory
May 9: Denton at Rubber Gloves
May 10: Houston at Rudyard’s Pub
May 11: Austin at Emo’s
May 12: off, but looking for a show
May 13: Tuscon at Solar Culture
May 14: Los Angeles at Spaceland
May 15: off
May 16: SF at Hemlock Tavern


The first “Imaginational Anthem Tour,” named for the acclaimed acoustic guitar anthology series from Tompkins Square, will begin June 3 in Brooklyn, New York. The tour features Sharron Kraus and James Blackshaw (who are both featured on the forthcoming Imaginational Anthem Volume 2), plus Sean Smith on West Coast dates and Jesse Sparhawk on East Coast dates. Here is their current itinerary, with additional dates to be announced…

June 3: Brooklyn NY at Soundfix
June 3: Brooklyn NY at Brooklyn Fireproof
June 4: Philadelphia at Khyber Pass
June 5: New York City at Tonic
June 6: Seattle WA at The Tractor
June 7: Portland OR at Towne Lounge
June 8: Ashland OR at Mobius
June 9: Davis CA at Delta of Venus
June 10: San Francisco CA at Adobe Books
June 10: San Francisco CA at Hemlock Tavern
June 11: Big Sur CA at Fernwood Resort
June 12: Monterey CA at Outer Edge Studio
June 13: Los Angeles CA at The Echo
June 14: Long Beach CA at Fingerprints
June 17: Montague MA at Bookmill
June 18: Somerville MA at PA’s Lounge
June 19: Burlington VT at Box
June 20: Portland ME at TBA
June 22: Edgartown MA at Aboveground Records

ROTC buildings improved in North Carolina.

Two ROTC buildings vandalized

Vandals spray slogans and spread paint on N.C. State and UNC-CH structures

Jay Price, Staff Writer
The Raleigh News & Observer, April 27

Vandals staged attacks early Wednesday on the buildings used by the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, echoing similar assaults on three Triangle recruiting stations last month.

As before, vandals sprayed anti-war slogans and profanity, splashed red paint and claimed responsibility with a mass e-mail message to area media outlets.

Lt. Col. Carol Ann Redfield of the Army ROTC program at N.C. State was caught off guard. “This is the first time I know of that anything like this has happened here,” she said. “I certainly appreciate that people have different opinions, and they should be able to express them, but I have a problem when they damage property.”

The e-mail, from someone calling himself “celest ialbeing” said, “Stop these recruitment centers that target poor people and people of color to fight to maintain the power structure that (literally and figuratively) imprisons us daily.”

The vandals sprayed slogans at the base of an entrance to Reynolds Coliseum, which holds the Department of Military Science, and tossed paint onto an ROTC sign above the entrance.

Investigators had good leads, said Sgt. Jon Barnwell of the N.C. State Police Department.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, campus police spokesman Randy Young said investigators were aware of the e-mail and the link with the attack at N.C. State. “We’re certainly looking into that,” he said. Investigators think the UNC Naval Armory was attacked between 4 and 5:30 a.m.

A student who signs up for ROTC mixes military training with regular classes and can get help with college costs in return for serving as an officer after graduation.

It is not clear whether the attacks were related to incidents in March at recruiting offices in Durham and Raleigh, but the subject line on the e-mail message Wednesday was “more red paint and anti-war.”

The attacks Wednesday were coordinated, but that doesn’t mean they were well-planned.

At UNC, the vandals used spray paint for slogans but chose a 5-gallon bucket of water-soluble red paint to splash the landing, columns and steps. A cleanup crew blasted it off with a pressure washer.

“Thank goodness they used water-based paint,” said Angelo Baldwin, a crew member. The slogans — including “we won’t fight your wars!” — also were removed quickly, but the doors must be repainted.

At N.C. State, the slogan “Army ROTC trains murderers resist acts of war” was sprayed in a place all but invisible to passers-by. The vandals’ arsenal also included another puzzling choice: Christmas tree ornaments, which were apparently tossed at the ROTC sign.

Tonight (April 27) at Little Joy.

from Arthur Email Bulletin Message No. 0038…

Join Arthur Magazine and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest for The Echo Park Social(ist) Aid & Pleasure Club every Thursday at
Little Joy public house at 1477 Sunset Blvd. LA , CA 90026
9:30pm to last call
Don’t think it’s not possible that we will play the forthcoming NEIL YOUNG anti-war/anti-Bush album “LIVING WITH WAR” in its entirety at 10:30pm tonight (April 27).


Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war

Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?

Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god he’s racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
Thank God