Much praise has been heaped upon First Lady Laura Bush for her stand-up routine at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner last Saturday. And rightfully so--her constantly pleasant demeanor made her zingers especially effective. Quipped Mrs. Bush: "Here's our typical evening: 9:00, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep. And I'm watching Desperate Housewives with Lynne Cheney. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife."
But props should still go out to Cedric the Entertainer, who no doubt had to follow a tough act. He appeared a bit nervous but still managed to get the laughs. One memorable joke involved Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:
Cedric: There's two people, though. You know, the name is broken down. There's the Condi, who's--that's the person you see on television with the nice hair and very professional. Then there's the Leezza... She's the one with her hair wrapped up, on the phone with her girlfriend watching BET...
Cedric said what he wanted to know most from the president was not about taxes or foreign policy, but rather, why that woman from Georgia kidnapped herself. He was also respectful and called the president "cool" and that by meeting Cedric, it gave Bush "street credibility."
In all, a very funny--and fairly brief--performance, though quite mild for the man who starred in Barbershop. (Remember his line about giving a shave that would leave you "as smooth as Gary Coleman"?)
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