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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Nominate the best line from Stephen Colbert's WHPC Dinner

I still cannot get over the balls of Stephen Colbert, and the brilliance of his speech at the White House Press Corps. Dinner. If you haven't seen the video, view it here online. I'm not sure where the transcripts posted, but I'll add that when I've got it.

What do you think the greatest single line or lines from Colbert's presentation was (there were many!)? Nominate your favorite line or few lines in the comments, and I'll put together a top ten list in order of "greatiness."

I can't stop watching the video. It's a great moment in history, to be sure!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't the funniest line, but I think the most powerful line (for operating on so many levels) was:

"I have nothing but contempt for these people."

11:44 AM

Anonymous Kurt Hunt said...

I think the knock out punch was the 'He stands on things... things like air craft carriers, rubble...' Maybe not the funniest line, but the most devastating.

Another great line that I did not appreciate the first time I heard it was; 'I believe it's yogurt, and I refuse to believe it's not butter, but mostly, I beleive in this President.'

It works on several levels. The first is just a silly pop-culture allusion (a la Dennis Miller). The second is the suggestion that Bush's Presidency has been marketed like any mundane commercial product and deserves only that much reverence.

The third, and most brilliant level, is a recognition of the willfull ignorance of Bush supporters. The stupidity of swallowing any lie that's dangeled in front of them. Believing it's yogurt when it clearly is not. Believing it's butter when it clearly is not. Believing in a President who clearly sucks.

3:44 PM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I still find myself saying, "We're not braniacs on the nerd patrol." And then chuckling at random intervals.

8:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"reality has a well known liberal bias" gets my vote because 1) it slams Bush, the neo-cons, Limbaugh-loving conservatives in general, as well as the MSM, 2) it recognizes that what is "believed" by liberals generally becomes common wisdom after a while because it turns out to most accurately reflect reality, and 3) it will outlast Bush and live on as an indictment of their kind of facist, anti-intellectual

10:06 PM

Blogger David said...

My favourite still is: (to the Press Corps) "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!"

I especially liked the way he delivered it.

Colbert renews my confidence that the smart people, the ones who know what things like sarcasm and irony are, will win in the end.

If 9/11 was 'The End of Irony', Colbert's appearance at the WHPC Dinner was 'The Return of Irony from Vacation, Back with a Bitch-slap!'

12:46 AM

Anonymous Brian in TX said...

So many were spot on... but my favorite was the barbs aimed at the do-nothing spineless press:

"...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.
Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration... You know, Fiction."

1:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to pick among SO MANY incredible lines??!! My favorite, though, has to be the "most powerfully-staged photo ops in the world" segment. BAM. Take that, you smug SOB. Also liked the dig about grandchildren having no idea what a glacier is. The man rocks! Go to CafePress and get your Colbert bumper sticker!

still giddy in Warwick, NY

3:04 PM


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