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Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner

President Obama is about to take the stage at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Michelle looks great as usual.

Big Media blew a lot of stories this year, especially in the early reporting days of major events -- like Adam Lanza and the Boston bomb suspect. They are like a big echo chamber, with too many of them citing each other instead of doing original reporting.

Nevertheless, tonight's their night, and I'll probably watch some of it. Is anyone else here watching?

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    I was going to watch (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by Payaso on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:14:55 AM EST
    but I decided to watch the Mr Ed marathon instead.

    LOL (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by shoephone on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:55:45 AM EST
    I would have made the same choice. "Now, Wilburrrr..."

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    There is (5.00 / 4) (#4)
    by lentinel on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:25:03 AM EST
    something about this event in particular that turns my stomach.

    There used to be a cinematic cliché which contrasted the reality of what was happening to people in WW2 Germany, particularly Jewish people, and then the film would inter-cut scenes of Germans singing and drinking in their local taverns - oblivious.

    That's the way I feel about this obscene convocation of fat-cats.

    The media, combined with self-serving elected officials, combined with an incompetent opposition, have created the dire circumstances which face many Americans. But they do not suffer, and they feel nothing.

    And then there must be somewhere in their feeble skulls the knowledge of what is happening in Afghanistan, the indifferent treatment accorded wounded veterans, and the horrific hunger strike going on in Guantanamo.

    It is not a time for levity by sophomoric amateurs.

    lentinel, that tremor (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 01:22:51 PM EST
    you just felt was caused when I agreed with you although my list of important things would be different.

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    Aaaaarrrrgggggghhhhh! (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 03:30:40 PM EST
    The very ground is shifting beneath my feet!  My entire world has been turned upside down!  JimakaPPJ agrees with Lentinel!
    ;-)

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    There are many problems that (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:49:34 PM EST
    we can all agree need fixing. The problem is we all love to fight too much.

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    But on the other hand, Jim (none / 0) (#10)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:23:51 PM EST
    Isn't it one if the truly great things about this country that we can have such discourse and disagreements openly, on the Web?  As opposed to countries that try to limit their citizens' access.
    Let us all disagree and fight.  That is one of the things that makes us stronger as a country, despite all our failings.

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    The clip that keeps running through my mind (none / 0) (#11)
    by TeresaInPa on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:18:01 PM EST
    is the one of Obama saying "I am not the strapping young Muslim Socialist I used to be".  Then you see some folks from Hollywood hooting with laughter and doing some sort of fist pump thing.  
    It makes me sick, because I know the people he is aiming at (tea party fringe) and those people are easy targets. Also it is about going for the easy joke and calling people racist and ignorant.  I don't think it comes as any surprise to anyone here that I have been fed up with that tactic since 2008.  
    It may come as a big surprise to Obama but those people need a president too and he's it.  For him to party with all those other elite and crack jokes at the expense of people who aren't welcome to the party is NOT self deprecating humor and it is not humor aimed at the other elite or other party leaders or media big wigs.  That is the only humor that should have been on display.

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    I Give that Maybe a 2... (none / 0) (#13)
    by ScottW714 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 05:27:05 PM EST
    ...compared to Bush pretending to look for WMDs, which was easily one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen form any elected official when you consider how many people ended up dead because of that little booboo.  Or we can call it what it really was, a huge fricken lie conspired by an bunch or war monger idiots who completely miscalculated just about every step in that warm including the premise for initiating it.  Which apparently is something to joke about in public.  But I hear you, insulting middle ages white racist Christians with their own words is unforgivable.

    And FYI, usually the Muslim socialist are the easy targets, not the middle aged white Christians who think their race and religion entitle them a different set of rules and when that doesn't happen, they act like get their jesus on and play the crucified to a T.

    Not really sure how you think calling out a racist with their very words is more disrespectful then the original racist comments.  And maybe all those non powerful minorities were joyed to finally see the entitled racist ahole majority taken down a notch because when they get back home, they will get back to being blamed for all that ails the country by those very same folks who have convinced themselves they are superior creature.

    That being said, the President should have a little tact then taking cheap shots at the nitwit brigade that spent two elections trying to convince the rest of the country that a man they all knew to be a Christian (remember Jeremiah Wright) was actually a Muslim, which of course in their racists mind is something bad, not worthy of the Presidency.  

    Yeah, those poor racist aholes getting called out using their own words, uppity might be the word you are looking for.

    I am not fan of Obama and people in power should have enough grace to not be bothered by or feel the need to take pop shots at us less lower life forms.  But it's well deserved and earned, it just should have been served up by someone else.

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    I am waiting for Stephen Colbert (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 03:10:55 PM EST
    to be invited back (probably a very long wait).  From his 2008 keynote at the White House Correspondents Dinner:  " But, listen, let's review the rules.  Here's how it works.  The president makes decisions.  He's the decider.  The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down.

    Make, announce, type.   Just put 'em though a spellcheck and go home.  Go to know your family again.  Make love to your wife.  Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one of the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the Administration?  You know, fiction.

    I'm going to pass. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:26:07 PM EST
    I'm sure it'll be good, as it usually is (with the occasional very painful exception), but I think I've endured enough of politics and others' self-absorbtion for the week. I'll catch the highlights later.

    Instead, We're going to see "42" tonight. I've heard nothing but great things about that film.

    Enjoy the evening, Jeralyn. Oh, and before I forget, I thought you'd be interested in knowing that James Everett Dutschke, the man who was accused earlier by Kevin Curtis and his attorney of having framed him in the ricin case, was arrested by the FBI at his home in Tupelo, MS.

    A Tupelo folie deux (none / 0) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:32:14 PM EST
    It used to be (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:21:54 AM EST
    That the purpose of this dinner was that it was closed door, so both sides could "let their hair down" and for one night the press and politicians could not be adversaries.  Now, they are so in bed with each other all the time, and the fact that it has become a Hollywood gala (Lindsay Lohan, really??) that it just proves that we can take neither the politicians nor the media seriously anymore.