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Comedian Wanda Sykes Draws Fire With Cracks About Rush Limbaugh's Health, Patriotism
Comedian Wanda Sykes accused Rush Limbaugh of treason, compared him to Usama bin Laden and wished for his physical collapse at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington over the weekend.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Saturday: Comedian Wanda Sykes entertains -- and shocks some in the crowd -- at the White House Correspondents Dinner Comedian Wanda Sykes pulled no punches as she skewered conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents' Dinner -- but her morbid cracks set some guests' cringe-meters off the charts.

Sykes accused Limbaugh of treason, compared him to Usama bin Laden and wished for his physical collapse as she roasted the favorite target of liberals Saturday night at the Washington Hilton.

"Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails, so you're saying, 'I hope America fails,' you're like, 'I don't care about people losing their homes, their jobs, our soldiers in Iraq.' He just wants the country to fail. To me, that's treason," Sykes said.

"He's not saying anything differently than what Usama bin Laden is saying," she continued, before addressing the guest of honor, President Obama. "You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight."

The crowd groaned, Obama smiled and Sykes may have noticed a little discomfort in the room.

"Too much?" she asked.

But then she piled it on:

"Rush Limbaugh, 'I hope the country fails' -- I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? ... He needs a good waterboarding, that's what he needs."

Obama joined the crowd in laughing at the crack about Limbaugh's "kidneys."

But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested Monday that Sykes' bit was considered in poor taste.

"I don't know how guests get booked," Gibbs told reporters. "I haven't talked to the president (about it), but my guess is there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection, rather than comedy -- I think there's no doubt that 9/11 is part of that."

After the appearance, conservatives bellowed that Sykes was way over the line. "Mean-spirited," "hateful" and "disgusting" were just a few of the words used by conservative bloggers and commentators to describe the performance.

"This woman comes up and says, 'I hope Rush Limbaugh dies,' and everybody giggles," said Tim Graham, director of media analysis with the Media Research Center.

National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg called it "particularly awful."

Sykes' publicist was not immediately available for comment.

Some critics said there was a double standard employed for conservative and liberal jokesters, pointing out that golf announcer David Feherty apologized over the weekend for his column in which he joked about U.S. troops wanting to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Feherty's line drew heavy attention from the liberal group Media Matters and earned him a "worst person in the world" dubbing by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

Graham said the relatively low-key coverage of Sykes' joke in mainstream media underscores the "slanted take on what's hateful and what's not."

"When a conservative says it, it's an utter outrage. And when a liberal says it, it's a knee-slapper," he said.

An editor with Britain's Daily Telegraph who was at the dinner wrote that liberals will give Sykes a pass, since her target was a right-wing talk show host. And he marveled at Obama's response.

"That's way, way beyond reasoned debate or comedy and Obama's reaction to it was astonishing," wrote Toby Harnden. "Imagine if a comedian 'joked' that Obama was a terrorist who was guilty of treason and should be tortured and allowed to die. There would justifiably be an outcry."

rosco 357

well i posted the utube on this, it showed the crowd, most were laughing,we all know most most ppl in the news business are liberal. but what i am writing about. is rush limbaugh, dishes much stuff out and can take it, but most of all, he will use it and will benefit from it,i think once it was said , there is no bad publicity, if smart u can us it to ur benefit,and he is smart,, ,maybe, because i may have missed it but i dont think he has commented on it much, but not sure, i have heard some pretty tough stuff on the correspondence dinner over the years. he was strung out on that drug , he admitted that.and i admire he admitted it and beat it, i remember i was shocked when he lost his hearing, im still not sure how well those implants are working for him, i just dont follow him... i listen to most conservative sources, but i dont really care for rush , i use to, but for some reason i just got tired of him,, he surly is thick skinned and super rich off his celebrity status,.he will make hay on this is why it does not bother me..he could buy and sell wanda sykes


I do not like Rush either, he has dished out some pretty bad stuff also~ but what he does should not give one the right to do it back~~ it was all in joking I am sure, but a bit much~~but it was a talk show or whatever you call it~

rosco 357

gypsy wrote:I do not like Rush either, he has dished out some pretty bad stuff also~ but what he does should not give one the right to do it back~~ it was all in joking I am sure, but a bit much~~but it was a talk show or whatever you call it~

are u talking about the White House Correspondence Dinner, they have it every year, and its always kinda rough, its almost exactly like when they roast someone that type of thing, Rush has called for most all things to fail. i dont agree, we will be in debt. but i hope it pulls us out,i need my job, the social security and medicare has backed up a few years but they say that is because of layoff not as many ppl are paying in, we will see, they are talking about , changing the medicare so the ppl pay more of the medical bill, i hope some of the talk about some things improving, will hold up, i dont pay much attention to the market, is up and down with a whim,


as you know i don't watch tv~ my opinion>> rush limbaugh is trash~~

Yes, i hope our economy and jobs start to improve, we have a lot to work on~ and we must all work together to achieve it~first is to get both parties to work together, instead of tearing each other down..

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