President Bush‘s speech was a retrospective of his past seven appearances at the dinner, some of which were pretty funny. My favorites were Laura Bush’s 2005 quip that “9:00 o’clock and Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep … and I’m watching Desperate Housewives,” and Bush’s 2001 assurance that he held no hard feelings against his brother, the then-Governor of Florida, for the Florida recount (see below).
Ferguson had some particularly good zings against the New York Times, who was very publicly absent from the soiree:
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Shut the hell up NY Times you sanctimonius whining jerks!
Overheard at the party was Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “I know Harry very well. He’s a good guy.” I’m sure the Senator heartily appreciated that vote of confidence.
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