A Democrat knocks Colbert, says Bush "deserves some respect"

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Colbert's performance crossed the line.

Published May 3, 2006 1:48PM (EDT)

Vying for the Joe Lieberman Profile in Courage Award, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer took it upon himself Tuesday to defend George W. Bush from mean ol' Stephen Colbert.

Hoyer, the Democrats' House whip, told the Hill that Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner was funny but "a little rough," with some jokes that "crossed the line" and were in "bad taste." We're not sure which jokes Hoyer had in mind, and we're wondering if he made any similar objections about "bad taste" when the president made jokes about those missing WMD at a press dinner a couple of years ago.

Somehow, we doubt it.

Bush "is the president of the United States," Hoyer said Tuesday, "and he deserves some respect."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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