Grin and Colbert It: ‘Post’ Honors Dinner Attraction

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By: E&P Staff

Comedy Central faux-newsman Stephen Colbert hit a mainstream high Saturday night as performer at the annual politico-and-celeb saturated White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington. On Sunday, The Washington Post noted that Colbert is “addressing the very crowd — President Bush, the journalists who cover him and the celebrities who joined them in Washington — that he usually skewers on Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report.'”

But the Post noted that Colbert is no stranger to Washington, having already interviewed about a dozen unsuspecting congressonal reps in his quest to look at every district (eventually). This week he actually pinned a goatee on a conservative Georgia Republican, informing him that he had just been “Van Dyked.”

Here are a few earlier highlights selected by the Post:

— With Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.)

Colbert: What does it feel like to represent California’s Canada?

Hooley: I represent Oregon.

Colbert: Right, which is the Canada of California. If you prefer, it is Washington’s Mexico, if you want to put it that way.

Hooley: It is a fabulous state to represent.

Colbert: Your state is one of the few that has a medical-marijuana program.

Hooley: We do. It was something that the voters voted on.

Colbert: And you think those voters should just get what they want?

Hooley: Sometimes I disagree with them, but I respect their right and their vote has to count.

Colbert: Are you high right now?

— Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.)

Colbert: Did you take any money from Jack Abramoff?

Engel: No, I never met Jack Abramoff.

Colbert: Okay, how much money?

— Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.)

Colbert: Do you have to take your toupee off when you go through security?

Mica: No.

Colbert: Daytona is in your district.

Mica: Right.

Colbert: I assume you’re a fan of driving in circles?

Mica: Well, I’m a fan of races, I’m a fan of Daytona Beach.

Colbert: Why do the girls go wild, Congressman?

Mica: They’re just having a good time.

— Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.)

Colbert: Do you support the NSA wiretap program?

Wynn: I don’t support that.

Colbert: Explain why in 2004 the Montgomery Sentinel asked you which superpower you would choose: invisibility or flight. You picked invisibility, saying, “I would use my powers to fight crime by eavesdropping on criminal plots so to thwart them in advance.” How is that different than the wiretapping?

Wynn: Superheroes don’t require court orders.

Colbert: So you agree that Bush is a super hero. Maybe Bush’s super power is just the ability to ignore Congress. You will admit he does it better than anybody else.

Wynn: True, I agree.

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