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Anti-Limbaugh Jokes Add Awful Taste to D.C. Dinner

May 4, 2009
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Who chose Wanda Sykes to be the featured comic at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?

Maybe it was the same person who set up the Scare Force One photo op.

The dinner traditionally dishes out humor at the president’s expense. But Sykes used her moment in the D.C. spotlight Saturday night to attack conservatives.

She began her routine with a few jokes about President Obama that were actually not-so-veiled compliments.

Not known for her subtlety, she went on to blast talk radio biggies Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and toss cow pies at former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Her jabs at Limbaugh were the harshest and most disingenuous and had no place at the time-honored event. Sykes falsely “joked” that Limbaugh said he hopes America fails, and she accused him of treason.

She recklessly compared Rush’s comments with those of Osama bin Laden and used the No. 1 talk radio host’s name and “hijacker” in the same lame joke.

She went on to express, as pathetic liberals are prone to do, her desire that he experience life-threatening health problems.

For Hannity, she hypocritically encouraged the use on him of what the left has deemed “torture” and included a snide remark for bad measure.

When it came to Cheney, Sykes hid behind her lazy wisecracks but inadvertently revealed how unoriginal she really is.

Still, she drew approving laughter from the Hollywood-D.C. crowd, which included Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tom Cruise, and Katie Holmes as well as Brian Williams, Helen Thomas, Barbara Walters, Wolf Blitzer, and other mainstream media big shots.

And according to Variety, White House senior adviser David Axelrod called Sykes “very entertaining.”

Way too cozy is more like it.

And who could be cozier with the Obama White House than NBC?

The NBC Nightly News recently found a way to use the latest “Star Trek” film to give a boost to President Obama.

Trekkies, of course, are rejoicing because “Star Trek” was the weekend’s No. 1 movie with an intergalactic box-office take of $76.5 million. This actually goes beyond the numbers Paramount was expecting and we may even see a sequel to the prequel.

But in a segment on summer films, NBC personality George Lewis mused aloud about how some Trekkies are comparing the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock character with Barack Obama.

Could it be that Lewis read Steve Daly’s piece in Newsweek titled “We’re All Trekkies Now?”

Daly had a line in the cover story that read, “In a certain sense, Spock the character has dealt with some of the same prejudices and problems that our new President does.”

Even more similar to the NBC report is Daly’s contention that, “like Obama, Spock is the product of a mixed marriage, and he suffers blunt manifestations of prejudice as a result.”

The Newsweek scribe sums up the White House-Starship connection with the following phraseology: “Spock's cool, analytical nature feels more fascinating and topical than ever now that we've put a sort of Vulcan in the White House.”

So, if Obama is Spock, does this mean that manning the transporter room of the Starship Enterprise is beam-me-up Biden?

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