No joke

Hey, correspond with this, yo.

Margaret Sullivan at The Washington Post gets this absolutely right: The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is less about speaking truth to power and more about “schmoozing in the swamp.” It should be bused promptly to the dishwasher of history.

Do cops and robbers break bread together while a chorus line of hookers can-cans on stage?

Recall your Frank H. Simonds: “‘There is but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician, and that is down.'”

And these particular scribblers should be grabbing lunch at their desks while they stick to their looking down. Because H.L. Mencken was right:

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”


10 Responses to “No joke”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Yep. And, this outrage about Micelle Wolf is funny. Like she said, they should have done their research before they hired her. What did they expect?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Seriously. I mean, Herself and I have seen one Wolf standup, and frankly I thought she was less than hysterical.

      But this role is traditionally a roast, and it could have been a lot worse. A lot worse. These people like dishing it out, but boy, do they ever hate getting some back.

  2. gary burnette Says:

    Moron-in-chief… H.L.Mencken was so f’n right.
    Disgusting state of affairs. All we can do is hope
    and VOTE in 2018. We’ve reached the scum-sucking bottom…

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Yep, again. I don’t think she is all that funny either. They should have had the “Weekend Update” team host the damn thing.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I just watched the whole bit. She may have not been the funniest host they had, but damn, she is fearless.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A funnier comic is Kyle Kinane. I stumbled across him on Netflix’s “The Standups.” Made the classic mistake of judging a book by its cover, thinking “Oh, boy, here we go, some Larry the Cable Guy clone,” and he turned out to be anything but.

      Early in the act he mentions burning sage to purify his apartment and adds, “I’m new to witchcraft…. A lot of people are like, ‘Sage doesn’t work.’ Neither did voting, all right? You gotta try new shit. Democracy failed, we gotta start looking at voodoo or something.” And then we were off to the races.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Hmm, this shindig seemed to be just fine with everyone (except Don the Con himself when Obama made fun of him) until Orange Hitler and his administration are the butts of some rather nasty jokes.
    Our so-called president is way too thin-skinned to attend but he can bully and make fun of everyone else?
    I didn’t think much of Michelle Wolf’s schtick myself, but I’m an old fart so what do I know? Bill Maher would have been my choice.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Larry, how was Belgium? Beer and frites up to snuff?

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I’ve said it before, I don’t go to Northern Europe (especially leaving Italy!) for the’s for the bike racing.
        For better or worse, I’ve become just like most of our Italian friends who, when asked about their travels to places outside of Italy like to describe their experience, but when asked about the food usually say something like “Ah, it was great to come home. I couldn’t wait to enjoy a plate of pasta, pizza, etc!”
        More details on the riding and racing can be found at

  6. Libby Says:

    Read the Sullivan piece and agree. Also, I don’t think Wolf even thought she would get a lot of laughs. And then the President of the correspondents dinner apologizes!

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