After-Party Open Thread: Would-Be Funnyman Delighted to Find His Audience

Not just golf — he also did a GOP fundraiser: money for him and his cronies, expenses billed to the rest of us schmucks! At heart, in his revanchist daydreams of a vanished America where men were men, women were body parts, ‘colored people’ knew their place, and foreigners were comic props, he’s just the World’s Greatest Tummler…

Happier than you, putz. Sure, there’s the neverending GOP tsuris about imaginary violations for her to bear, but she’s not the one in Robert Mueller’s cross-hairs.

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Then it was on to the Gridiron Dinner in DC, where “journalists” traditionally suck up to “poke gentle fun” at the sitting president:



Washington Post:

Nothing about Trump’s attendance at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an elite group of 65 top Washington journalists, made a lot of sense. But there he was at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, accompanied by the first lady, for the club’s 133rd annual gathering doing something he almost never does: observing the traditions that come along with the presidency, particularly the ones that involve performing social rituals.

Presidents since William McKinley, after all, have dutifully shown up at the Gridiron’s formal clambake, which has evolved into an evening of goofy entertainment by the journalists and jokey monologues by a prominent Republican and Democrat, and a mildly roast-y speech by the president…

But Trump found himself on the other end of the ribbing, too. Skits by Gridiron members included Fox News host Bret Baier making cracks about the Russia probe, singing to the tune of “You Can’t Hurry Love” with lyrics that included, “But how many Russians did the campaign meet?/Don Jr. in Trump Tower, about ‘adoption’ – sure.”

Trump, unsurprisingly, seemed to particularly enjoy the skits that took aim at his enemies. A dinner guest noted that the president got a good chuckle out of a song performed by CBS News’ John Dickerson about President Barack Obama’s luxurious post-White House life (set to the tune of “King of the Road”)…

(Yep, the DC press corps(e) will never get over President Obama treating them with the contempt they’d done so much to earn.)

Poltico

Trump said he calls Pence “the apprentice,” joking that the vice president “wakes up every morning and asks, has he been impeached yet.”

Of his time as host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” versus the White House, he said: “In one job I had to manage a cutthroat cast of characters, desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their roles and their jobs and each week afraid of having their asses fired, and the other job I was the host of a smash television hit.”…

Addressing his ongoing feud with California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff: “Leakin’ Adam, that guy leaks more than anyone. He’s on the phone so much he doesn’t have any time. He’s, hey, let’s call these guys at Jeff Zucker’s network.”

On how to reduce global warming: “We’re going to reduce the carbon footprint when we travel by shrinking the press pool so we only have room for Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Judge Jeanine.”…

Earlier Saturday, the president had tweeted: “Mainstream Media in U.S. is being mocked all over the world. They’ve gone CRAZY!”

He later jabbed at the media once more in his address before making his exit, to return to the White House. “This might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night.”…

BIG CLOSER!

51 replies
  1. 1

    Mean, self-glorifying asshole is mean, self-glorifying asshole. News at 11.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Sigh… been awake since 1:39. 3rd night in a row of either bad sleep or very little sleep at all. Can’t afford to take a nap today as I have too much to do, but I’m pretty sure my body is going to insist.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    The funny thing is, for some definitions of funny anyway, is that my feelings towards shitgibbon have not changed at all since election night. There really was no way for them to get any worse. But every time he does something stupid or asinine or Criminal, my hatred of the people who voted for him grows worse. I literally want Trump voters to suffer badly for their actions.

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    Balconesfault says:

    Trump’s monologue sounds like Alex Baldwin could do it on SNL without rewrite.

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    @Citizen Alan:
    See, I lived among them, so mine hasn’t gotten any worse. I knew they were this bad. I was surprised to find out so many Hispanics believe they’re white and hate other Hispanics.

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    WereBear says:

    @Citizen Alan: The funny thing is, for some definitions of funny anyway, is that my feelings towards shitgibbon have not changed at all since election night.

    Before he even took office I was telling people, “Nothing will surprise me. Nothing. My opinion is that low, mark my words.”

    And they have been. Sadly, I was right. Still completely unsurprised. Plenty of other things.

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    Sm*t Cl*de says:

    Michael Steele: The Preznit has lost his marbles.

    Steele added: “It’s consistent with anyone who generates chaos. It’s like a bunch of marbles. You shoot into a group of marbles and some of the marbles get bumped out of the circle. The problem Trump has is finding more marbles to put in the circle. With the departure of Hope Hicks this week, the president is missing one of the marbles.”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Balconesfault: SNL writers are now superfluous.

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    magurakurin says:

    wait. what?

    Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey said the American people — and Congress especially — should be alarmed.
    “I think the president is starting to wobble in his emotional stability and this is not going to end well,” McCaffrey said. “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed, and the more pressure put on him and the more isolated he becomes, I think, his ability to do harm is going to increase.”

    oh, Barry, we’re alarmed all right, but considering that you are an Army Ranger with three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and two Distinguished Service Crosses, I’m motherfuckin’ shitting my pants now.

    and if this shit is true…for fuck’s sake someone tell the asshole he can’t drink Drano, ever, at no time. forcefully and with conviction.

    “Gary said to him, you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” a senior administration official said. “The more you tell him that, the more he is going to do what he wants to do.”

    WaPo Dark Days Inside the White House

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    rikyrah says:

    @Citizen Alan:
    They will never be forgiven

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    Dr. Ronnie James, D.O. says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen…Rupert Pupkin!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Oscars are tonight, and I’ve only seen maybe three of the movies that are up for major awards. I need to step up my movie-going activities this year!

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    Hillary Clinton looks reasonably happy to me. The fact that Trump thinks (hopes) she’s not shows what a tiny person he is. But you knew that.

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    Ken says:

    Dunno why, but “president for life” reminds me of that scene from Men in Black where Vincent D’Onofrio says “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands” and the alien replies “Your proposal is acceptable”.

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    HinTN says:

    @Betty Cracker: At a minimum, you must see The Shape of Water on the big screen.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    She SHOULD be unhappy. We wouldn’t be in this situation if she hadn’t forced so many politically pure progressives to voluntarily surrender their country to literal nazis.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @HinTN: Really? I figured that was one of the movies I could safely see on a small screen without detracting from the experience. Dang.

    Of all the movies I have seen that are up for major awards, I liked “I, Tonya” best. Looks like Margot Robbie has some fierce competition for Best Actress. I haven’t seen the performances she’s up against, but the actors are amazing. Robbie was pretty awesome, though.

    I hated “Dunkirk,” though the cinematography was excellent. Wasn’t crazy about “Darkest Hour” either, though Oldman’s performance was solid. My husband picked out both of those movies!

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    Bess says:

    @HinTN: I saw it on the back of someone else’s airplane seat. It was a great movie on only a tiny screen.

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    JGabriel says:

    WaPo:

    Trump, unsurprisingly, seemed to particularly enjoy the skits that took aim at his enemies. A dinner guest noted that the president got a good chuckle out of a song performed by CBS News’ John Dickerson about President Barack Obama’s luxurious post-White House life (set to the tune of “King of the Road”)…

    Trump gets a chuckle out of someone enjoying luxury? Trump?

    Right.

    Fuck that fucking piece of shit scumbag.

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    Just one more canuck says:

    @Ken: careful now – i quoted that line in response to a comment and I was told quite piously that using a line from a comedy about aliens made me an ‘eliminationist’

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    randy khan says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    Hillary Clinton looks reasonably happy to me. The fact that Trump thinks (hopes) she’s not shows what a tiny person he is. But you knew that.

    I’ve always thought that Hillary is the kind of person who focuses on what she can do now, not what might have been. That probably makes her happier than a lot of losing Presidential candidates.

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    Bruce K says:

    @randy khan: That tracks with when I met Hillary in 2004, at a women-for-Kerry event in New Jersey. The impression I got there was of a better person than the media gives her credit for being. It’s not her fault that the GOP turned her into their own Emannuel Goldstein.

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    Nicole says:

    Trump has established that the only thing he’s good at is projection. If he’s speculating that Hillary is unhappy, well… no puppet, you’re the puppet.

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    debbie says:

    @Sm*t Cl*de:

    To borrow a metaphor, you can’t sail a ship as massive as this country after taking a couple shots of scotch and expect to dock it safely. Just ask Joseph Hazelwood.

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    Nicole says:

    @Betty Cracker: “Get Out” was the best of them, but a lot of older (read, also white) Oscar voters said they didn’t bother to watch it, because horror isn’t Oscar worthy.

    To which “The Silence of the Lambs” asks them if they are about a size 14.

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    @Nicole: That was my take too. I don’t believe in karma per se, but I have seen people’s terrible behavior come back to bite them on the ass in a most satisfactory way. Trump has been insulated by wealth and privilege so long. It must be a shock to get blowback for bad behavior.

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    SFAW says:

    Since Yarrow appears to be sleeping (or otherwise occupied):

    Tick, tock, motherfucker.

    [N.B.: In case someone wants to point out that the line is not necessarily germane to the OP: that line is ALWAYS appropriate when dealing with Lying Littledick.]

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    debbie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Believe in it, Betty. Whether you call it karma or not, it’s a Law of the Universe: What goes around comes around. You get back what you put out. I’ve seen this happen time and time again.

    Justice will come. I just hope my head doesn’t explode before then.

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    Nicole says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Trump has been insulated by wealth and privilege so long. It must be a shock to get blowback for bad behavior.

    Truth. I taught an after-school program for awhile in a combination of public and private schools and some of the private school kids were very… patience testing, shall we say. I think it was because of what you said- insulation from any sort of consequences.

    Trump has spent most of his life unhappy, though. I knew guys like him growing up, but with a lot less money. My old riding instructor used to say, when we were riding a particularly difficult equine, that some horses have had their ears pinned back since the moment they dropped out of their mommas. I think the same can be said about some people. Unfortunately, some of those people are born rich and have the means and opportunity to take out their rage on innocent folk.

    The ones I grew up knowing, on the other hand, are either in dead-end jobs or in jail. Well, except for one, who, unfortunately, is a defense contractor. So, you know, living off the government.

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    Brachiator says:

    … Nothing about Trump’s attendance at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an elite group of 65 top Washington journalists, made a lot of sense. But there he was at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, accompanied by the first lady, for the club’s 133rd annual gathering doing something he almost never does: observing the traditions that come along with the presidency, particularly the ones that involve performing social rituals.

    I hope that the Gridiron Club does something for, or make some donation to, charity. Otherwise I am mildly sickened by this assembly of smug, self-satisfied supposed “elite” of journalism kissing each other’s ass and the president’s ass.

    It annoys me even more that Fox News is considered to be part of real journalism.

    But I understand that social tradition quickly sprouts up, like weeds, around power centers. I was recently reading something about George Washington, and how he disliked the more ceremonial duties attached to the presidency, but gritted his false teeth and did them anyway.

    I don’t have much to say about Trump. I hate him and don’t care if he can tell a joke. As long as he is president, the joke is on us. Can we please impeach him now?

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I just cannot stand this POS asswipe . What a miserable human being and ofcourse the asshole has procreated and his little assholes have procreated so we have this asshole’s genes still in the population. I bet this asshole has never ever done an altruistic thing in his whOle shitty privileged life. I’ve met some stupid assholes in my life but nobody like this Orange Monster.

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    Hillary Clinton is a “good girl.” I recognize her because I’m a lot like her. She’s smart and was raised to work hard, but also to accept that, for much of her lifetime, her options were limited by her gender. “Accept” isn’t even the right word. For much of the time, she was trained not to notice it and to work hard anyway. She took refuge in being good and knowing that about herself. She had to pay less attention to what other people thought. So she learned to be happy even when life screwed her over. As happy as anyone is anyway.

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    El Caganer says:

    @HinTN: Best movie I’ve ever seen about loneliness and being an outcast from society.

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    @debbie:
    Quoting my dear friend : “The worlds round for a reason.”

    I have always taken great pleasure watching people hang themselves with their own rope.

    With regard to the general topic of conservative humor : bitter, mean-spirited people = bitter mean-spirited “humor.”

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    El Caganer says:

    Like everything else about him, Trump’s “sense of humor” is fake. This seems to be a conservative failing in general, although if someone can point me to a con who is genuinely (and consciously) funny, I would be happy to stand corrected.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I don’t believe in karma

    I do, and there are many days that that belief is the only thing that gets me out of bed

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    My hatred for this vile creature is infinite. There is no hell hot enough to adequately punish him for his many crimes.

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    Suzanne says:

    @El Caganer: Agree. They are not funny.

    Agent Orange himself is so fucking weird. His weirdness is pre-politics and maybe even pre-personality. He’s the kind of weird that is indicative of a host of unresolved shit from early childhood.

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    Feebog says:

    So most of his jokes consisted of insults or barbs at enemies, staff and steel. Just like his tweets. Hw has no sense of humor, just mean spirited invective.

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    Kelly says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    my hatred of the people who voted for him grows worse

    Same.
    I continue to be dismayed that just under 40% still approve. That’s a lot of people and those folks are going to be around us for long after trump moves on. I guess it’s useful to know the size of the problem.

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    Shell says:

    It never fails. God help us when Republicans try to be funny.

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    Shell says:

    Of all the movies I have seen that are up for major awards, I liked “I, Tonya” best.

    Of the ones for Best Picture, “Get Out” kinda surprised me. Its a good and creepy movie but basically a ‘Stepford Wives’ retread.

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    Mike G says:

    “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”

    Imagine the stink if Obama said this.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    @Suzanne: there is a theory out there that his mom wasn’t around when he was around 2 to three years old..IIRC she had a miscarriage and lost a ton of.birth and it took here a while to recover. Anyhow it was a crucial developmwntal age where you need a mother around. Add the strict asshole father and it probably fucks you up. I know from the couple of psych classes i took in college that his lack 0f empathy is a demonstration of fucked up growth development.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    @Mike G: the ‘imagine if Obama had done X ‘ game would kill you . If Tim Geithner had taken his wife on a govt paid plane to see the eclipse. If his advisor had dumped some soon to be stinky stocks because of a POTUS decision. If Michelle had slapped his hand away. If Valerie Jarret had made millions off the Inauguration. If Craig Robinson was off trying to get real estate loans from Putin during the transition. My head is going to explode.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Imagine Obama going for a laugh by wondering out loud if Mitt Romney is happy. Or If John McCain is happy. Imagine W going for a laugh by wondering if John Kerry is happy. Or ….

    That Trump thinks this way — out loud, in front of an audience — is too much to take in. Every day I open my laptop hoping to learn that he’s gone. A stroke. A resignation. Anything. He’s the most toxic, dangerous, damaged human being I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen some doozies.

    His ongoing presence in our lives is a horror that never gets lessened. It only gets uglier.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    He’s had blowback from bad behavior before. Military school. Not actually being near as rich as he could be because of his personality and business savvy. Of course he’s dumb enough not to learn anything from it other than to be even more of a privileged jackass. Even a lot of privileged jackasses learn this around their 30s and a least polish the rough edges off so that it’s not quite so noticeable. Not this one. He’s been full on privileged jackass since he was an actual kid.

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    Ruckus says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:
    Five nights in the last week I couldn’t get to sleep before 2am, two of those before 3am. Three of those nights I had to get up at 6:30am to go to work. Yes it takes a toll on you.

    Hope you get some sleep. Me too.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    The Shape of Water has a compelling enough story and actors that it can play on the small screen, but the production design and visuals are amazing enough that it’s worth seeing on a big screen to appreciate it all.

    Just keep in mind that, for all of the romanticism, there’s still some gory stuff. Del Toro is a horror director, after all, even when his horror movie has an optimistic ending.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, I can give you another reason why The Shape of Water has a good chance of winning both Best Picture and Best Director and Jordan Peele will probably get Best Original Screenplay: Peele is a first-time writer/director, and Del Toro has been a successful writer/director for almost 30 years. Oscars are often career achievement awards.

    So, yes, race will be a factor, but not the only one and probably not even the most important one. Del Toro has paid dues with Hollywood that Peele has not. And I really can’t get too pissed that the Mexican immigrant is probably going to win.

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