[Audio below.] Wanda Sykes was out of control at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. In the line that drew gasps from the posh crowd, she attacked Rush Limbaugh for saying he hoped the President’s policies would fail. “That’s treason,” she said. “That’s not saying anything different from what Osama bin Laden is saying… I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight.”
“Too much?” she asked rhetorically.
She also said: “Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how ’bout that? Needs a little waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”
Sykes lauded Obama as “the first black President–unless” he messes up. “Then it’s ‘What’s up with the half-white guy?’ ‘Who voted for the mulatto?'” Saying he was “so accessible, rappers give you their demos,” Sykes established a thoroughly irreverent tone. Sykes also ragged on Vice President Joe Biden’s chattiness by suggesting he’d give away state secrets if captured by terrorists.
But Sykes reserved her most jagged-edged material for Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Referring to Hannity’s offer to be waterboarded, she scoffed, “I can break Sean Hannity just by giving him a middle seat in coach.”
On Dick Cheney, Sykes said: “Dick Cheney…he’s a scary man, scares me to death. I tell my kids, I says, ‘Look, if two cars pull up, and one has a stranger, and the other car has Dick Cheney, you get in the car with the stranger.'”
President Obama had his own lead-in routine. He said Dick Cheney was busy working on his memoirs, “tentatively titled How To Shoot Friends And Interrogate People.” He made a series of “In the next hundred days… ” jokes. “In the next hundred days,” Obama said, “I will strongly consider losing my cool.” The President exuded aplomb in delivering his lines, chuckling at some of the punchlines as though he appreciated how well his joke-writers’ material was going over.
Click below to listen to a clip of Sykes’ jokes:
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