Stephen Colbert's performance at the 2006 White House Correspondents'
Association Dinner mocked the Bush administration and the White House
press corps, and subsequently generated significant controversy.
Stephen Colbert was the featured entertainer for the 2006 White House
Correspondents' Association Dinner, delivering a 20-minute speech and
video presentation which was broadcast live on C-SPAN and MSNBC.
Colbert spoke as the same character as the one he plays on The Colbert
Report: an over-the-top send-up of a conservative pundit in the
fashion of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. Colbert satirized the Bush
administration and the White House press corps. Colbert spoke directly
to President Bush several times, satirically praising his foreign
policy, lifestyle, and beliefs, and referencing his low approval
rating and popular reputation. Various reports give an impression that
Bush did not take too kindly to the performance, as several of Bush's
aides and supporters walked out during Colbert's speech, and one
former aide said that the President had "that look that he's ready to
blow." Reaction to the event caused it to become an Internet and media
sensation, and ratings for The Colbert Report soared 37% in the week
following the speech.
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British intelligence officers known as the Cairo Gang, and
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Wikiquote of the day:
Man is free at the instant he wants to be. -- Voltaire