Over 200,000 people attended the Colbert-Stewart Rally to restore Sanity and/or Fear last
month, but many people still haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s speech at the 2006 White House
Correspondents Association Dinner. In what can only be referred to as a “performance” before 2,500
guests including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, China’s Ambassador Zhou
Wenzhong, model and tennis player Anna Kournikova, actor George Clooney, and of course President
George W. Bush himself, Colbert delivered a
“controversial and searing routine targeting the president and the media.”
Colbert roasted President Bush and everyone else in the room for 16 minutes and concluded with a
7-minute sketch comedy video of himself equivocating as a White House press secretary hounded by
Helen Thomas. His speech received both support and criticism. I wonder what outgoing White
House Press Corps Association President Mark Smith was thinking when he invited Colbert to deliver
the keynote speech. Was he expecting something other than Colbert’s usual scathing satire?
According to New York magazine,
Smith later told the Times he hadn’t seen much of Colbert’s work.