Laura Bush was reportedly funny Saturday evening at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner in Washington. That bunch — the correspondents — are just a regular bunch of cut-ups anyway. I’m sure they would laugh at just about anything that will feed them.
She first read the book Brown bear, Brown bear, What do you see? to correspondents. I heard that afterwards they were clamoring for transcripts of the children’s book.
Apparently the remarks she made after reading to the reporters were hilarious. She made a reference to the ABC-TV hit “Desperate Housewives,” which most of the White House correspondents had never heard of, much less seen.
It was only after when Mrs. Bush began “flying around the stage like Tinkerbell” did the reporters notice it was not going to be any ordinary correspondent’s dinner. She then picked Sam Donaldson out of the audience, asked the now ancient reporter to come up to the stage and told him to get down on all fours. Laura grabbed a lasso from under the dais and jumped upon Donaldson’s back, and screamed: “Yeeee Hawwwww.”
Secret Service agents had to gingerly disengage the rope from her hand once the lasso flew onto her husband’s neck as she apparently was going to use him for calf-roping practice.
The first lady then began to sing and play air guitar to Gretchen Wilson’s “I’m Here for the Party.”
All in all, it was a pretty eye-opening night for the mostly reserved first lady as well as for some of the lugs in the press corps. Said one correspondent as he was leaving: “Damn, I wish I could get me a woman like that.”