Colbert at the Correspondent’s Dinner

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

As you know, we watch The Colbert Report each night. Last night, Colbert hosted the White House Correspondent’s dinner; today, the blogosphere is all atwitter.

Colbert ripped the President to shreds, playing one long extended game of the emperor’s new clothes, with some pretty funny lines.

[Talking to Jesse Jackson is] like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

Some people are upset at Colbert’s disrespect. They aren’t challenging his premises, just his taste in making comments so near the President. Which may be reasonable, given comments like this:

I haven’t. I stand by [President Bush]. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, has he stood on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

Here’s the transcript. Here are video links, to part one, two, three. You should watch the whole thing, not because it’s brilliant comedy — some places are pretty flat, not helped by a hostile audience — but because sometimes the court jester is the only one who’ll speak bluntly.

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