I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what was more awkwardÃ¢â‚¬Â¦listening to George W. Bush talk about Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“sleek, hairless pecs glistening in the surfÃ¢â‚¬? or watching Karl Rove transform into MC Rove and dance with NBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s David Gregory and Ken Strickland. Ah, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner truly didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t disappoint this year. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s start with Rove.
After an evening of awards and tributes, it was time for the eveningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entertainment. Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood provided the yuks. First the duo had NBC anchor Brian Williams (who is truly funny) and a woman participate in a scene where they made various sound effects as the comics acted out a scenario. That was followed by Sherwood going into the audience and pulling Karl Rove on to the stage with him. Rove danced. He rapped. He made an awkward joke about Patrick Fitzgerald (the prosecutor who investigated him in the Valerie Plame leak investigation). ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no adequate way to describe it. Just watch.
Before that, George W. Bush delivered a genuinely funny speech. This line in particular had the audience cracking up for a good 60 seconds:
<blockquote><div>Well, where should I start? A year ago, my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone. Ah, those were the good old days.</div></blockquote>
More Bush-at-the-“Laugh Factory” after the break, including, I promise, his vaguely homoerotic musings about ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“hairless pecs.Ã¢â‚¬?
Bush on the Attorney General controversy:
<blockquote><div>I have to admit we really blew the way we let those attorneys go. You know you botched it when people sympathize with lawyers.</div></blockquote>
Bush on writing his memoirs after he leaves office:
<blockquote><div>President Clinton wrote a successful presidential memoir with 10,000 pages or something. I’m thinking of something really fun and creative for mine. You know, maybe a popup book.</div></blockquote>
Bush on possible titles for said memoir:
<blockquote><div>How W. got his groove back
Who moved my presidency
Tuesdays with Cheney</div></blockquote>
Bush on Brokeback Barack:
<blockquote><div>People Magazine recently had a photo of the senator there on the beach in Hawaii, his sleek, hairless pecs, glistening in the surf. Show’s how biased the press is. Have you ever seen a shot like that of Denny Hastert?</div></blockquote>
(AP Photos/Manuel Balce Ceneta)