The king of comedy

Published October 9, 2004 2:25AM (EDT)

After warming up the crowd with his signature act that combines equal parts angry football coach and enraged preacher, Bush started working the crowd for the really big laughs.

"I guess you'd say I'm a good steward of the land," he told the room, as the camera cut to several faces that looked visibly confused. "The quality of the air's cleaner since I've been the president. Fewer water complaints since I've been the president. More land being restored since I've been the president."

More land is being restored to the oil companies, is that what he meant? And what exactly is a water complaint?

Who cares, when the comedy is this good?

By Heather Havrilesky

Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum, and is the author of the memoir "Disaster Preparedness." You can also follow her on Twitter at @hhavrilesky.

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