Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer gets it right, as well as hiaving one of the most concise and comprehensive round-ups on the White house Correspondent’s Dinner/Hate-Fest:
Wanda’s hope that Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys would fail, met with outright laughter from Obama, exposes Barack’s true personality in a way many Americans had yet to witness. Further undermining her credibility was the attempt to portray the talk titan as a terrorist.
Obama’s need to reinforce Wanda’s nasty “humor” with his own tacky shots at Steele and Limbaugh make clear he fears them more than anyone else. While one would expect that regarding the latter, Steele is a surprise, considering his underwhelming performance running the GOP.
At LA Weekly’s Hollywood Insider, Nikki Finke offers a particularly astute observation:
I’ve been to the White House Correspondents Dinner. And, if history is any judge, then comedians asked to perform there seem to do best when they joke with gentle jibes rather than go for the jugular. Someone should have reminded Wanda Sykes about that before tonight. Because not since Don Imus roughed up Bill Clinton at the annual event has a comedian been so mean-spirited. But, unlike Imus, Wanda Sykes didn’t lay a glove on the sitting president Barack Obama. Instead, she reserved her barbs for George W. Bush, John McCain, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. I’m not saying pols and media don’t deserve to have the piss taken out of them. But even watching the WHCA dinner on television, viewers saw the room grew very quiet and then erupt as Sykes seemed to cross the line with what was more harsh partisanship than funny comedy.
Maloney runs a great website, with an angle to the broadcast world. Take the time to check out this article; you won’t regret it.