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Nice to know that even his nearest and dearest thinks he's an incompetant tosser.

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May 02, 2005

Bush has to laugh as First Lady acts desperate housewife
From Elaine Monaghan in Washington

LAURA BUSH made fun of her husband’s early bedtimes, cowboy image and reputation as a reluctant student in a jaw-dropping comedic routine at a gala dinner hosted by the media at the weekend.

A few minutes into President Bush’s speech at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, the First Lady stole the podium.

She drew rapturous applause by comparing herself and the wife of Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to the cast of Desperate Housewives, the hit television sitcom set in an American suburb.

The President sat near by on the stage, beaming and laughing along. “I said to him the other day, ‘George, if you really want to end tyranny in this world, you’re going to have to stay up later’,� she said.

“Nine o’clock and Mr Excitement here is in bed, and I am watching Desperate Housewives with Lynne Cheney.�

Expanding her theme, she said that the two women had attended a Chippendales show that had prompted the secret service to rename Mrs Cheney “dollar bill�.

Just when her audience thought she had reached the edge of acceptable First Lady humour, she turned to the President’s ranching skills. “I’m proud of George,� she said. He had learnt a lot since he “tried to milk the horse� after he had bought their home at Crawford, Texas. “What’s worse,� she said, “it was a male horse.�

In a reference to the hawkish image of Mr Bush, Mr Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, she added: "George's answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw, which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well."

Mrs Bush also made a reference to her husband's wilder youth. "I was a librarian that spent 12 hours a day in the library," she said "Yet somehow I met George."

Mrs Bush also took on her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, comparing her to the Mafia figure played by Marlon Brando in The Godfather. “People think she’s a sweet grandmotherly Aunt Bea type. She’s actually more like Don Corleone.�

Mrs Bush left her journalist audience wondering which speechwriter was responsible for a script clearly designed to endear her husband to the media as he fights for public approval for his increasingly unpopular domestic agenda.




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