White House correspondents’ dinner

I don’t like a lot of what the president’s doing, policy-wise, but this is absolutely hilarious:

Except for the last part:

I do want to end tonight on a slightly more serious note – whoever takes the oath of office next January will face some great challenges, but he will also inherit traditions that make us greater than the challenges we face.  And one of those traditions is represented here tonight:  a free press that isn’t afraid to ask questions, to examine and to criticize.  And in service of that mission, all of you make sacrifices.

Tonight, we remember journalists such as Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin – (applause) – who made the ultimate sacrifice as they sought to shine a light on some of the most important stories of our time.  So whether you are a blogger or a broadcaster, whether you take on powerful interests here at home or put yourself in harm’s way overseas, I have the greatest respect and admiration for what you do.  I know sometimes you like to give me a hard time – and I certainly like to return the favor – (laughter) – but I never forget that our country depends on you.  You help protect our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life.

I highlighted that part not to talk about the deceased journalists, but to point out the obvious hypocrisy when it comes to Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, never mind the unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, which definitely serves to intimidate journalists and/or people that support them, with dollars or speech.

I don’t think anybody, even very sober characters would have thought Obama would be worse than Bush in some aspects on foreign policy.  I know Democrats always have to look like tough guys to compete with the unending machismo of the right, but this is terrible.



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