Stephen Colbert Smokes the Prez

Colbert headlined this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, attended by, among others, George Clooney, Ludacris, Karl Rove, the First Lady and the president.

Broken down at E&P:

WASHINGTON A blistering comedy ?tribute? to President Bush by Comedy Central?s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.
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As he walked from the podium, the president and First Lady gave Colbert quick nods, unsmiling, and left immediately.

More coverage at Washington Post.

Watch it streaming via C-SPAN, or a generous chunk of Colbert below (grabbed from c&l).

I may not have cable, but I do have the internet. Gems from the Colbert report are regularly available here at Comedy Central.

L.A. Times: Fire Cheney, Rumsfeld

This was a refreshing unsigned editorial:

The secretary should go not because he has been criticized by a group of retired generals but because he embodies the smugness and inability to acknowledge error that has characterized both the Iraq war and the wider war on terrorism. Rumsfeld has been the pinched public face of an administration that has cut legal and humanitarian corners in dealing with people ? including U.S. citizens ? suspected of involvement with terrorists.

more at technorati, Reuters, E&P.

Air Force One Graffiti Stunt

Mega-rich clothing designer Marc Ecko pulled off the unbelievable staging of a two minute video in which what appears to be Air Force One is slathered with the spraypainted phrase “Still Free.” The phrase comes from Ecko’s latest video game, “Getting Up.”

AP via Wired:

President Bush’s jet looked so authentic that the Air Force wasn’t immediately certain whether the plane had been targeted.[…]

“I wanted to do something culturally significant, wanted to create a real pop-culture moment,” said Marc Ecko of Marc Ecko Enterprises. “It’s this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that could really never happen: this five-dollar can of paint putting a pimple on this Goliath.”

Ecko later explained the stint here. The video was staged covertly using a rented 747 at a hangar at San Bernadino airport.

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