If you missed the White House Correspondents Dinner from Washington D.C. you may have missed seeing one of the best performances ever.
Traditionally the affair is an opportunity for those that cover D.C. politics and White House staff, including the First Family, to let their hair down so to speak. It gives everyone a chance to step back from partisanship and the “Press wars,” and enjoy an evening of comedy, normally at the Presidents expense.
Last nights was no exception but did have a break from tradition. The President each year gives the keynote speech and Bush did start his portion of the evenings festivities. As Bush started to tell a “story” about an old cowboy Laura Bush stopped him short saving the audience from hearing an “old joke.”
“Not that old joke — not again,” Laura Bush said, as her husband willingly relinquished the stage.
“I’ve been attending these dinners for years and just quietly sitting there,” the First Lady told the audience. “Well, I’ve got a few things I want to say for a change.”
What followed was comedy gold, with references to Desparate Housewives, Chippendales and the possibly astonishing fact she met George in a library.
She carried herself was grace, charm and displayed a simple yet very effective wit. Yet something crossed my mine as I watched, a “what if.”
What if John “Baroque Candidate” Kerry had won and Ta-RAY-sa had been on stage? If would be like watching an evil twin and truely frightening.