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Knock, Knock. Who's There? WMDs!

how low can you goC-SPAN has posted its footage of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner, and it will air Saturday night at 8PM. Bush hits his comic peak at minute 29:30. How good was the president? Well, his opening act was some reporter getting an award for a story about maimed soldiers (what a downer!), and Bush still got laughs.


David Corn recently whipped up some gags for former presidents that try to compete with that level hilarity:

Imagine if Lyndon Johnson had joked about the trumped-up Gulf of Tonkin incident that he deceitfully used as a rationale for U.S. military action in Vietnam: "Who knew that fish had torpedoes?"

But there's a much richer history here than Corn realizes. Who can forget Lincoln's Gridiron dinner punchline: "Is there a carpenter in the house? Because I've got a house divided I'm having trouble with." Or Nixon at White House Correspondents' Dinner: "You may have heard we bombed Cambodia. It's not my fault. I told them left at Laos, left."

He really killed with that one.

Radio & Television Correspondents Association Dinner (03/24/2004) [C-SPAN.org]

MIA WMDs--For Bush, It's a Joke [The Nation]

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