Thursday, January 18, 2007
For the love of God, no more Colberts:
Rich Little won't be mentioning Iraq or ratings when he addresses the White House Correspondents' Dinner April 21.Little was reportedly the White House's third choice for the coveted gig. Phyllis Diller was rejected after insisting that the President's "legacy" should be fair game for wisecracks, and Señor Wences turned out to be dead.
Little said organizers of the event made it clear they don't want a repeat of last year's controversial appearance by Stephen Colbert, whose searing satire of President Bush and the White House press corps fell flat [!?!?! -- S.] and apparently touched too many nerves.
"They got a lot of letters," Little said Tuesday. "I won't even mention the word 'Iraq.'"
Little, who hasn't been to the White House since he was a favorite of the Reagan administration, said he'll stick with his usual schtick -- the impersonations of the past six presidents.
"They don't want anyone knocking the president. He's really over the coals right now, and he's worried about his legacy," added Little, a longtime Las Vegas resident.
C-SPAN's Steve Scully, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said he came up with the idea of inviting Little as the featured entertainer after seeing him during impersonators' week on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in November.
Little said he's been promised a tour of the White House and an introduction to President Bush.