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JIMMY KIMMEL PROBABLY WINS THE ELECTION FOR THE REPUBLICANS AT CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER
April 29 2012
Washington, D.C. – Despite all the wackiness and stupidity that goes on in Washington on a daily basis, it is a pretty serious place. It is the town on which the world shifts. Much of the world pivots on the ups and downs of Washington whether it realizes it or not. It’s a tough town and so every now and then it’s good to see the people who live and work there relax a little.
That is exactly what happened last night at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, a gathering which draws people from all sides of the political spectrum and from across multiple fields of work. Glitz, glamour, and laughter are always the order of the night and Saturday was no exception.
Laughter, it appears, was in strong spirits last night, mostly at the expense of the President. Much of that assault came from host Jimmy Kimmel who was an equal opportunity humorist but saved his most vicious attacks for the President, the most powerful man in the country, jokes which clearly showed the American people’s frustration with his leadership and surely doesn’t bode well for his re-election in November.
“Remember when the country rallied around you in hope for a better tomorrow? That was a good one,” said Kimmel. “There’s a term for President Obama. Not two terms.”
Obama appeared to take the jokes in stride, but already the Republicans have jumped on the jokes, particularly as they come from a Hollywood type, who are traditionally Democrats, as indicative of the frustration the American people are feeling.
Obama also made a number of jokes, mostly at the expense of Mitt Romney who politely laughed through much of the night.
“These types of events are traditionally a little bawdy and raucous. They aren’t quit roasts but they are in the same vein and that is sometimes misconstrued as something other than what it is. I would guess that majority of the jokes Kimmel made were just that, not political statements, but like anything in politics it’s really just a matter of which side you fall,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I’m sure the Republicans were taking notes and making sure that all these jokes will be repeated over and over again as the campaign moves forward. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try to bring someone like Kimmel over to their side, clearly he is already leaning that way.”
Kimmel has never made his political affiliations public but he is a celebrity and lives in Hollywood.
“Obviously once this campaign heats up both sides are going to be using every weapon in their arsenal to try and batter down the other guy. Last night, the Republicans got a big boost. Really though it’s not so much what he said, it’s the fact that he said it. People are frustrated to be sure but now they finally have an advocate for their troubles,” continued Kinsey. “I’m sure growing up in Brooklyn Jimmy Kimmel never thought he would end up being the person who decided a Presidency but I guess no one who does great things ever thinks that is what they are going to do. Now though Kimmel is in the pole position and it’s really just a matter of what he does with his power.”
Kimmel refused to speak with reporters following the performance.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent