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Colbert's retort.

I did not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner, so I can't speak from firsthand knowledge, but most of the people I've talked to who were there say that Stephen Colbert laid an egg. Since I am a Colbert fan, I was pained to hear this and questioned my informants more closely. It was conceded that by the time Colbert spoke, much of the audience was sodden with drink. I'm also sure that many more were exhausted by the hyperventilation that occurs when these reporters are in the company of the kind of celebrities attracted to the Correspondents' Dinner.

What may not have endeared him to the White House press corps was this: "Over the last five years, you people were so good--over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out."
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Title Annotation:Stephen Colbert at White House Press Corps
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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