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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted May 05, 2006 03:48      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Dinner

[email protected] Part 2

[email protected] pt 3

[Edit] The above links no longer work, (thanks Sxepto!) but this blog has lots of alternative links and a full transcript)
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This from somewhere in the middle of his speech

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So, Mr. President, pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. 32% means the glass -- it's important to set up your jokes properly, sir. Sir pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash.

Folks, my point is that I don't believe this is a low point in this presidency. I believe it is just a lull, before a comeback. I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." The president is Rocky and Apollo Creed is .... everything else in the world. It's the 10th round. He's bloodied, his corner man, Mick, who in this case would be the Vice President, and he's yelling "Cut me, Dick, cut me," and every time he falls he says "Stay down!". Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky he gets back up and in the end he ..... actually loses in the first movie. Ok. It doesn't matter. The point is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face.

So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it. I haven’t. I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands 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.

As a UK resident this is the first I have heard of this man, but right now he is my hero. He must have balls of steel to go so viciously for GWB and then the entire press corps in their presence. The audience seem just stunned. This is classic political satire where burning anger underlies the detached ironic wit, not unlike Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal". Some of his insults are of a positively Groucho Marx quality.

What is disturbing is that it takes a comedian to mount such an effective attack on the administration. As he rightly points out the American media, far from being in the grip of a liberal cartel, are either cowed by the government, or in their pockets, and despite the disarray of the administration, the Democrats seem unable to take pot shots at this wide open target.

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he has good writers working for him

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I'm in the same position as you, Calli - had never heard of this bloke before. But within the space of a day I got linked to the video of it 3/4 times from different friends around the world. It's a fantastic piece of satire, and I applaud Colbert for having the guts to get up there, and to do it with such panache.

I particularly enjoy the clip for the obligatory reaction shots, in which Bush sits there with a face of stone [Big Grin] .

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Icon 1 posted May 05, 2006 06:02      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
For your brits, this should shed some light on who he is.

http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_colbert_report/index.jhtml

Stephen Colbert: funny man, anchor on fake cable news show, pretend Republician.

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The only problem is that Bush has such power over the media that almost all mass media 'ignored' this story. It's a real shame - from the transcripts I've read, he did a fantastic job. (I've not found enough time to actually watch the thing yet. :-/)

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It should also be noted that it is customary for the speaker at the White House Correspondents Dinner to lampoon the President.

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Stephen Colbert has a show called the 'Colbert Report' that comes on after Jon Stewart's the Daily show. Some might even suggest it's an off-shoot of the Daily Show.

Anyway, Stephen Colbert's reporting on his show would suggest he's a conservative republican, but his show is like that in a satirical way. He's kind of so conservative, that he blatantly proves why you shouldn't be conservative.. if that makes any sense at all.

All in all, the guy is hilarious, and as ajm said, it's actually his job to roast the president. I just think he hit a nerve.

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Interesting that people would consider it "gutsy" to take jabs at a president with a 32% popularity rating. [Wink] I'll have to watch later when I'm home.

Since it's normal to lampoon the president at that ceremony (as mentioned above), the news wouldn't have been particularly interested. On the other hand, Rumsfeld's hecklers were all over the news this morning.

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Great, and I opened this thread expecting to hear that Cannibal Corpse just released a new album...
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What does everyone think that a president could be doing right now, as a 'better job' in USA?
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Having the balls to admit that mistakes were made would be a good start.

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I couldn't get the ones linked to by the time I got around to it (apparently they were removed). Google videos has a link to it, as well as to another funny one of Bush next to an impersonator of himself, delivered at the same dinner.

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Callipygous
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Thank you Sxepto. I have amended my original post to incude an alternate link. I first saw these 3 vids as embedded links in a blog, and on returning there the iFilm links still work, even though you cannot access the vids from the iFilm site. Curious.

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Thanks guys. Calli, your link isn't working for me. Perhaps I'm on the wrong side of the pond? Sxepto's works fine though and I'm watching it as my computer loads it up.

I heard about this but as I have no TV I couldn't watch it. I've heard the president wasn't happy about this, but I don't think guys like Stephen Colbert exist to make people happy.

Comedians in this country are like the jesters in the kingdoms of old. They can say whatever, with utter impunity and make people listen becuase hey, it's all a joke...right?

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Colbert is very funny.

His act is based on a parody of a righty demagogue, Bill O'Rielly, who is popular on the Republican propaganda network, Fox News.

For those outside the US, Fox News is run by Roger Ailes, former campaign manager for "W's, Daddy, and the fellow who created the slimy "Boston Harbor," and "Willie Horton" political campaign ads. "W" just picked his newest press secretary from the network, too.

I've never been able to watch O'Reilly with a straight face, and Colbert simply sends me over the top with the impersonation.

A lot of Reepublicans are saying Colbert was not funny, but most of them are the same ones who are either under indictment, or facing Grand Jury subpeonas.

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