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Monday, May 1, 2006

The White House Correspondents Dinner

Saturday night was the annual dinner put on by the White House Correspondents' Association. I enjoyed Bush and his invitation to Steve Bridges to play his double next to him.

Steve gave voice to Bush's thoughts, in particular about the media. It was great fun. I especially appreciated Bush's closing.

George W. Bush: "Ladies and gentlemen, that ruggedly good-looking guy right there is Steve Bridges. He's a fine talent. In fact, Steve did all my debates with Senator Kerry. He done most of my news conferences.

"Steve, you could have done a little better in the debates.

"I want to thank Steve for accepting my invitation to be a part of this fun evening. As most of my predecessors have known, it's really important to be able to laugh in this job. And I thank you for giving us the chance to laugh tonight.

"I got one more thing I want to share with you on my mind. It's something that's never far from my mind: God bless our troops. God bless the cause of freedom. And God bless America."

One thing I have to say: the man really cares about people. He knows them by name—even those who make people laugh at him on a regular basis.

He was followed up by Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's Colbert Report. Stephen had a few funny lines, but it was apparent not long into his routine that he didn't really intend to be funny.

Stephen Colbert: "And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has a right to their own religion—Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior."

He intended that to be a laugh, and people did. But it's also very true. It reminds me of the Apostle Paul who said, "whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice."

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