Monday, May 01, 2006

The Truthiness Hurts: Misery Accomplished

If you don't watch "The Colbert Report", then you probably didn't know that Stephen Colbert was the featured speaker at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night in D.C.. And if you get all your news from the television, you would think that the impersonator portraying George Bush as a simple-minded dolt was the highlight of the evening. To some, perhaps...

But the truly startling, hold your breath, Oh My God performance of the night came from right-wing blow-hard Stephen Colbert, who said "If 68% of the people disapprove of what George Bush is doing, doesn't that also mean that 68% of the people approve of what he's not doing?? Think about it - I didn't."

While most comedians who are invited to perform at the dinner take stabs at the President, as well as both parties, and the press' more outrageous pursuits, Colbert focused his contempt directly at Democrats, and accused every press outfit present of destroying America. Except for FOX 'news'. He crowed about the President's resolve, about his decider skills, and blasted the press for reporting the depressing news.

But you know what the funniest part was? The Republicans didn't like it. FOX 'news' is saying that Colbert went over the line, that he wasn't funny, and that everyone present was quite uncomfortable. But what I don't understand is why Laura's act last year, in which she insinuated that Bush was a bad lover and an idiot, was funny and well received. Or why the impersonator this year, who mentioned Bush's 36% approval rating and insinuated that Bush was an idiot over and over again, put the audience at ease and tickled their funny bones.

Colbert did his best to make Bush sound like the greatest leader we've ever had, and touted the right-wing agenda as the most successful plan for peace the world has ever seen.... and for some reason.... the Republicans hated it. Hated it. Perhaps his disturbing portrayal of belief beyond all reason and denial beyond all evidence hit a little too close to home. Perhaps watching someone, who's obviously barking mad, espousing the same beliefs you hold dear is quite disconcerting. Perhaps those who worship false idols simply don't have a sense of humor.

At least not while the President is in the room. After he left, the cameras at C-SPAN continued to record for about 10 minutes, and once everyone began to break up and mingle, every single person in the room was either smiling or laughing, or whispering and giggling to one another.

I hear that certain right wing blogs are very pleased that the crowd failed to respond, but I tend to think that many in the crowd didn't want the President, who was not laughing, to see them laughing. The crowd I saw milling about 3 minutes later were quite happy and appeared to be ready to take the party outside.

If you'd like to see the entire roast, visit Thank You Stephen Colbert and click the links. You can also leave a thank you note, thanking Stephen for showing the President and the world what kind of monsters he's created.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Wm. Rike said...

You do get that the "right-wing, blow-hard" aspect of Colbert is all smoke and mirrors, right? He's a walking sarcasm bomb. Perhaps, you're being ironic, and I'm not getting it.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Argent said...

No, I'm not so dim and dull as to think that Colbert is Republican. That honor goes to the people who booked him for the dinner.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Horvat said...

"I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq!"

How could anyone NOT find this funny?

"We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias...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."

"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. "

Well, I found it funny, anyway. If you can't even laugh at your own faults, then there's no hope.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Argent said...

Fucking brilliant is what it was.
Stephen Colbert made history that night. God Blessim.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Horvat said...

It's down to 33% now, his approval rating. They say only Nixon had a lower approval rating at this time.
It's captivating, like watching a slow motion video of a train wreck. A high speed, maglev train wreck, that is.

8:22 AM  

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