If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Stephen Colbert’s roast of Bush and the media at the White House Correspondents Dinner. You can download the video (longer version here) or read the transcript. Apparently the President was not amused, with lines like:
So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write, “Oh, they’re just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!
Perhaps it wasn’t Colbert’s best material, and with a tough audience too (the media didn’t seem to care to have their failings pointed out), but at least someone has allowed biting satire to penetrate W’s famous bubble.
Then again, maybe the President didn’t realise it was satire.
Colbert did good work here. If you want to thank Colbert for his performance, visit http://thankyoustephencolbert.org.
Also, check out this 60 minutes piece on Stephen Colbert.