The White House Correspondents Dinner is an annual incestuous love-in between the President and the press, and this year with media pinup darling Barack Obama as the star of the show, it became the #1 event on the liberal media/Hollywood celebrity social calender.
Now the rule of thumb here is for the President to poke fun at himself , but with President Narcissus ruling the roost, you knew there would be precious little humble pie served at dinner.
Instead, we saw Obama's now-trademark sneer, along with derisive comments about his political adversaries. He boasted about his wife's looks and the media's subserviance ("Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me."), and joked about his own omnipotence in ways that make you think that the president spends quite some time reading his own press clippings:
"During the second 100 days, we will design, build and open a library dedicated to my first 100 days."
"My next 100 days will be so successful, I will complete them in 72 days. And on the 73rd day, I will rest."
"I must confess I really didn't want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That's one more problem I inherited from George Bush."
All of which, according to the Washington Post, drew a similar response: The crowd roared.
The WaPo tries to cover for the ugliness and hero-worship by the media (and themselves) by a bit of editorializing and reader misdirection:
For media types, the dinner -- staged since 1920 -- has become a major schmooze-fest. Outside the Beltway, this stokes public perception of journalists sucking up to the power elite they cover. But the celebrity onslaught, which has become its own yearly tradition, may temper that critique somewhat: The journalists are more likely to be swooning over the star they've invited than the politicians they know so well.
Well, as we have discussed before, Obama knows when he's before the media, he's playing to a crowd of his biggest supporters. Celebrities are just plastic figurines on the cake. But what about the other 49% of us that he's mocking, instead of taking himself down a peg as the dinner traditionally dictates?
Centrists and conservatives don't count in Obama's America - like FOX news, we are something to be mocked and hated, not to be taken seriously.
That's our uniter!
Gateway Pundit has video of Obama's speech, where you can hear him continue to sneer at those who came before him:
On VP Cheney: "He is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, "How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People."
And for real class, here's a video of the evening's master of ceremonies, Wanda Sykes, saying that she "hopes Rush Limbaugh's kidneys fail"
Hatred, pure and simple. But hey kids, no offense! It's just "humor", liberal-style!
"...and the crowd roared...."