Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Colbert Did His Job well and Pissed Off Bush, Aides and Supporters



Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert's biting routine at the White House Correspondents Association dinner won a rare silent protest from Bush aides and supporters Saturday when several independently left before he finished.

"Colbert crossed the line," said one top Bush aide, who rushed out of the hotel as soon as Colbert finished. Another said that the president was visibly angered by the sharp lines that kept coming.

"I've been there before, and I can see that he is [angry]," said a former top aide. "He's got that look that he's ready to blow."

GOI: How dare anyone say something that would anger our fearless leader?!! Awww poor baby President Bush. Don't you all feel sorry for him? I'm glad that he was ready to blow. Let him blow. The fact that he, his aides and supporters were so pissed off means Colbert did his job and hit close to home and the truth.

To quote a certain president, "Bring it on!!"

Well done Stephen.

Well done (although you might want to watch your back and make sure your taxes are done right).

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Colbert DIDN'T do his job because his "job" is as a humorist. If he stands up there and pisses off the room, then he's failed.

Even if I were to concede the point that he was "telling the truth" as you say (which I don't think he was) I would still think Colbert failed.

There's certainly a fine line between Bush bashing and humorous critique.

Lily said...

Oh come on, get real.

This genre of comedy is about being real AND being funny. They draw attention to things using humor, and its funny to people that aren't pussilient prisses.

Anonymous said...

Colbert kicked a** !! This is about politics, the media AND comedy. I'd say he covered all the bases and masterfully not to mention the fact that he represented the THINKING of 68% of AMERICA! About time OUR opinions make it to the President's Dumbo ears!!

Anonymous said...

Colbert forgot to mention that our President milks horses. Would that have made his presentation more acceptable to the Bushites? lol

james said...

Anon (who doesn't think Colbert did his job):

Well then you are in the minority who didn't find it funny.

Ever watch his show? Come on. It's the same thing he does on his show every night. He is a political satirist/sarcastic of t.v. talk shows such as O'Reilly and FOX in general. His job IS too piss Conservatives off who do not get any kind of differing opinion.

He doesn't apologize for his style of humor nor should he. Planners should have known his style before hiring him if they were uncomfortable with it.

Just because he was Bush bashing doesn't mean it wasn't also funny. Humorous critique and satire are not mutually exclusive.

Don't blame him just because YOU don't get his style of humor or agree with it. I don't agree with some humorists but that doesn't mean I don't think they aren't funny.

Take Dennis Miller. I don't like his style of humor (being a Liberal) but I still think he is funny to a lot of people.

Elizabeth:

Exactly.

Other Anon:

He did cover all the bases and made the Con's uncomfortable and THAT was the price of admission for me.

Anonymous said...

James,

I didn't say I didn't find him funny at all; I just said I didn't find him funny in this particular instance. In fact, I DO watch his show, and I love it. The reason for that is because while his humor is ostensibly conservative, he does also jab at the liberal side of things too--which tells me he's looking for laughs, not political change.

The point I was trying to make was that he wasn't funny because he was applying his TV show humor to a non-TV show situation. Humorous satire in front of an audience is one thing, but calling the President an ignorant moron to his face is disrespectful IMO.

-Anon (who doesn't think Colbert did his job)

james said...

Anon(who doesn't think Colbert did his job):

Well, you are entitled to your opinion here on GOI. Thanks for airing it out.

Tom said...

I think Colbert brought the wrong material.

The concept of these roasts is to singe the president, not boil him in oil.

The deal is, the audience was mostly liberal journalists and THEY were embarrassed by Colbert doing his usual thing.

Colbert seemed mean, partly because he followed the Two Bushes routine which was edgier and had the burner set to the right temperature.

Oh well. No harm was done. Colbert's career wasn't damaged or anything. If anything it adds to his mystique.

Tommy Gnosis said...

If he stands up there and pisses off the room, then he's failed.

Wow. You missed the point by a mile. Colbert was not playing to the room. He was playing to the people watching on teevee. He effectively skewered the President, the bigwigs in the Administration AND the lapdog "liberal" (heh) White House Press corps. He did so unrelentingly and masterfully. I laughed so loud at times, I think I woke up the neighbors. The lines were good, but the combination of tension, and the crickets in the audience intensified just how funny it all was.

Tommy Gnosis said...

calling the President an ignorant moron to his face is disrespectful IMO.

You know what else is disrespectful, IMO? Going to war on false pretenses, getting 2,000 soldiers killed and then making a big joke about it ("where are those WMDs?") in the Correspondents' Dinner last year. That's pretty disrespectful.

Bush has disgraced the nation with his arrogance, duplicity and hubris. Any chance that comes up to show the world that the emperor wears no clothes should be taken. Colbert did exactly what we've been asking the press corps to do for five years now, take the President on and call him for his lies and incompetence.

Richard said...

An ABCNews cameraman kept on filming Bush's face while he watched Colbert - for at least seven minutes.

If you'd like to watch the watcher, I've put it up at my This Old Brit blog.

Tom said...

I very much agree with paolo migli's point.

Even as I thought the Two Bush's routine was funnier, I thought it bizarre that the president who has sent so many to their deaths and horrible maimings and ruined lives, in the Middle East and Louisiana and elsewhere should be engaging in this affair at all.

Again agreeing with paolo migli, that "Where are those WMD?" bit a couple years ago was shocking. I think Bush is a disgrace on so many levels. I hope that future presidents take their responsibilities more seriously.

James said...
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james said...

Tom:

Yeah I thought his "where are the wmd routine" awhile back shows just how callous that he is.

james said...

Richard:

I'll be right over. ;)