See the entire performance here at You Tube: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
C&L has video from it too.
[Update] Send Stephen Colbert a thank you.
Mark Smith, the Whitehouse AP correspondent who intro'd Stephen, couldn't have given more fair a warning for what was to follow, and chimpy's face right after he says this is priceless:
"Mr President usually you and the politicians are the ones in the crosshairs at this dinner. Tonight, no one is safe."
Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner-- President Not Amused?
I really liked the hand gesture he offered to Scalia, and I must say, to Scalia's credit, he laughed heartily. Chimpy, on the other hand, wasn't taking it so well.E&P: A blistering comedy “tribute” to President Bush by Comedy Central’s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close. (...)
Colbert, who spoke in the guise of his talk show character, who ostensibly supports the president strongly, urged the Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, “and reality has a well-known liberal bias.”
He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.” (...)
USA Today had a piece on it too:Bush, Celebrities Attend Press Corps DinnerHe noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, just three tables away from Karl Rove, and that he had brought " Valerie Plame." Then, worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do, "Uh, I mean... he brought Joseph Wilson's wife." He might have "dodged the bullet," he said, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wasn't there.
Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, “photo ops” on aircraft carriers and at hurricane disasters, melting glaciers and Vice President Cheney shooting people in the face. He advised the crowd, "if anybody needs anything at their tables, speak slowly and clearly on into your table numbers and somebody from the N.S.A. will be right over with a cocktail." (..)
Those seated near Bush told E&P's Joe Strupp, who was elsewhere in the room, that Bush had quickly turned from an amused guest to an obviously offended target as Colbert’s comments brought up his low approval ratings and problems in Iraq.
Several veterans of past dinners, who requested anonymity, said the presentation was more directed at attacking the president than in the past. Several said previous hosts, like Jay Leno, equally slammed both the White House and the press corps.
“This was anti-Bush,” said one attendee. “Usually they go back and forth between us and him.” Another noted that Bush quickly turned unhappy. “You could see he stopped smiling about halfway through Colbert,” he reported. ...(more)
Colbert shakes up Bill Kristol over PNAC ties
Earlier this week on his show, Colbert caught Bill Kristol completely off guard when he confronted him about PNAC. You never see anyone in the corporate media bring up the group founded by Kristol, Cheney, and Rumsfeld that openly made plans to invade Iraq since back when Clinton was still the President.