President Donald Trump snubbed the actual White House Correspondents' Dinner to go to Pennsylvania for a fresh whine attack on the media, and the media is having none of it.
Late night star Samantha Bee roped in celebrities and comics for the antithesis of the WHCD, the rather connivingly named “Not The Correspondents’ Dinner.”
The highlight of the show was Will Ferrell, who revived his iconic impersonation of George W. Bush. "Bush" seemed a little distraught at having lost his hard-earned honor of being the absolute worst president the country has seen, now that Trump somehow managed to surpass the insincere, cruel administration that was Bush’s in less than 100 days.
“I needed eight years, a catastrophic flood, a war built on a lie and an economic disaster. The new guy only needed a hundred days," Ferrell-as-Bush said.
“I come in second, and I’m fine by that.”
Ferrell also held out an exaggerated orange caricature of Trump, an allusion to Bush’s newly published book, "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors."
The dinner, or the not-dinner as Samanthe Bee would have it, was more a statement than a comedy gig. Trump has used his hate-fueled rhetoric to erode the fourth pillar of the state, and his personal vengeance is harmful for democracy.
Walsh, who plays press secretary Mike McClintock on the HBO political comedy "Veep," said: “Administrations have been hostile to the media before. But this one is particularly isolating, or singling out, the retailers of media that they like.”
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