Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
April 29, 2012 2 Comments
In case you missed it, here’s Jimmy Kimmel performing at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Of course, nothing may ever match the depth and delivery of Stephen Colbert speaking truth to power. I found Kimmel uneven, both in style and substance. Some jokes were great and some were pretty bad, but I do respect that Kimmel didn’t back down. And what a professional — note how he pretty much ignores the president as he strides up to deliver his set, his mind obviously set on the job at hand.
Here are my favorite moments from Kimmel’s routine…
I want to thank the Washington Hilton for hosting us tonight. You know, President Obama wanted to move the dinner to the Kennedy Center this year, but the Republicans wanted to keep it here at the Hilton, so they compromised, and here we are at the Hilton.
Mr. President, you remember when the country rallied around you in the hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious.
Is that slut Rush Limbaugh here? People are still upset with Rush for comments he made about Sandra Fluke, but you know what? There’s a reason Mr. Limbaugh said what he said, and that reason is Percocet.
I actually have my own theory about Lincoln’s death. I think John Wilkes Booth was innocent. I don’t even think it was an assassination. I believe that Abraham Lincoln had a vision about what the Republican Party would become in 150 years and he shot himself. Is the Fox table laughing, or did Rupert Murdoch hack into all of my jokes already?
Rachel Maddow also wrote a book. In it she argues that the unchecked expansion of executive power since Vietnam has resulted in a country that is perpetually at war, which comes at a disastrous cost, not only financially, but to the very ideals on which the United States was founded. Women — nag, nag, nag, you know?
Uggie is here. Uggie is the dog from the movie The Artist. Uggie is amazing. He can roll over on command — he’s a Democrat.
Here in one room we have members of the media, politicians, corporate executives, advertisers, lobbyists, and celebrities. Everything that is wrong with America is here in this room tonight.
Rick Santorum is out. I guess it just wasn’t Rick’s year. Rick’s year is 1954.
Now, this following joke seemed to get one of the bigger laughs from President Obama, who appears to be saying “That was funny” to whoever is sitting to his right…
To me, Ron Paul looks like the guy who gets unhooded at the end of every Scooby Doo episode.
Kimmel also made some implied references to the rampant rumors that Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is a closeted homosexual, including this quip…
If you’re not familiar with Marcus Bachmann, he plays Cameron on the show Modern Family.
Some people say journalism is in decline. They say you’ve become too politicized, too focused on sensationalism. They say you no longer honor your duty to inform America but instead actively try to divide us so that your corporate overlords can rake in the profits. I don’t have a joke for this. I’m just letting you know what some people say.