The UK Daily Mail offers some necessary sanity on the disgraceful comments by Wanda Sykes at the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday, and especially President Obama's reaction to them.
She said Limbaugh's opinions were treason and that he was no better than Osama bin Laden. There were big grins from the president through all of this. Then Sykes said she wished Limbaugh's kidneys would fail. The president laughed through it all.
Which only goes to show that Limbaugh's observation on this administration is correct: they don't want to debate, he says. They only want to destroy.
I should also mention something everyone at that dinner, including the president, would have known. Eight years ago Limbaugh suffered sudden hearing loss. Remember, this man makes his living on radio. After struggling with hearing aids and teleprompters in the studio that would let him know what callers were saying -- and still staying on top of his job -- he finally had a cochlear implant. Now he has part-hearing in one ear, but is still deaf in the other. And he is still on top of his job.
Limbaugh has overcome physical afflictions the like of which few journalists in that room have known, struggling to go on with his work. But the president and his court jester Sykes thought it was a hoot to wish him organ failure.
The White House correspondents thought so, too. Or at least, they laughed when the president laughed. It is what courtiers through the ages have done: when the king laughs, we laugh.
The blog entry is not credited. I wonder if Melanie Phillips wrote it? Hat tip: Susan L.