The Corner

Re: Political Humor

In her concluding remarks, K-Lo hit something important about these media dinners: they’re insider rituals, designed to soften up the daily tensions and make you feel like the Cream of the Washington Crop. Trust me, as a former White House reporter, most reporters rarely see the President in a personal, non-business setting, so these are a treat for most attendees. Being in the White House holding pen, standing around waiting for Official Pronouncements, is often not a glamorous job. The dinners compensate.

Watching last night, I didn’t think Bush looked like he was happy to be going through the ritual, and I thought the jokes were pretty lame. I wouldn’t grade it high, but we’re not voting for Comedian-in-Chief. I didn’t think the WMD jokes were funny, and did have backfire potential. Clinton making jokes about impeachment (and other scandals) had the same flavor.

But Kerry’s outraged response “as a veteran” is twice as lame as any of Bush’s jokes. Has Kerry never told a war joke…in his life? A Vietnam joke? How about a few months ago, when he joked that when he came back from Vietnam, John Edwards was still in diapers? Kerry should hope no one takes his anti-joke statement seriously.

PS: If you want personally insulting, unfunny correspondent-dinner remarks, these take the cake.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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