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First, someone has to explain to me why there is a White House Correspondents’ Dinner and why people like Jared Leto and the Duck Dynasty dudes are sitting with policy makers and political reporters.
Isn’t this country in enough trouble with crappy schools, cities like Chicago riddled with gun violence, environmental issues, Big Pharma, Oil and Agra making us sicker and special interest groups protecting their dirty deeds while China surpasses us in quality of life and opportunities for their people?
Then, there’s that whole ranking dead last in usable job skills achievement that our young people have attained, the shrinking middle-class (and booming poverty class) who have a lower standard of living than their parents and who have little in reserve for an uncertain retirement. But this is the age of the #selfie, the #belfie, a generation living on social media (even while at work) sharing WAY too many meaningless things while Mike Judge’s prescient film “Idiocracy” becomes less of a comedy and more of a documentary.
The Soup’s Joel McHale’s laser focus was a little too sharp for some at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, especially of you were a Kardashian, CNN, Obama, Bruce Jenner Chris Christie, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Robert DeNiro or Nancy Pelosi.
McHale tackled them all in his White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner speech, in which he took shots at President Barack Obama over his lack of action in Guantanamo, the idea of another Bush (Jeb) in the White House by saying it was about time for Iraq’s s every 10 years surprise party, and Robert DeNiro for taking what was an amazing career and letting it devolve into a joke. Too close to the bone and too soon for some. Chris Christie really got it in the Kishkas. “I promise tonight will be amusing and over quickly, just like Chris Christie’s presidential bid,” quipped McHale who offered him a “combo plate” of weight and bridge jokes. McHale absolved himself (hilariously brilliant moment) in true Christie style while everyone sat nursing their scotches and wondering what the hell they were doing there.
The comedian, who appears on the NBC series “Community” and hosts “The Soup” on E! Network, sed his bully pulpit to share the painful truth as the CNN table blanched. One of the funnier lines from McHale was over the Rob Ford mess, when he said “It’s a thrill to be in Washington D.C., the city that started the whole crack-smoking mayor craze.”
But the remark about Obama’s policy failure in closing Guantanamo hit hardest. “My favorite bit of yours was when you said you would close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay – that was hilarious.”
McHale opened by taking a shot at his fellow E! talents the Kardashians too. ”I host a show called The Soup which is on the E! network. To Republicans in attendance, E! is the channel that your deeply closeted gay son likes to watch. Democrats, it’s the same channel that your happy, openly gay son likes to watch. It’s also home to the Kardashians, who, believe it or not, are Republicans. And I know that because they’re always trying to screw black people.”
Have a watch: