Not exactly Stephen Colbert

The sanitized-for-your-protection White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Published April 23, 2007 12:43PM (EDT)

Rich Little, impersonating former President and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter at this weekend's sanitized-for-your-protection White House Correspondents' Association dinner: "I had the biggest nuts in the country."

By all reports, Little, enlisted as an offend-nobody follow-up to Colbert, failed deeply at being funny. The good news: George W. Bush didn't even try. While the president has, in the past, thought the war in Iraq to be the source of high hilarity for a dinner like this one, he said that last week's tragedy at Virginia Tech left him thinking that humor wasn't appropriate this time around.

Little apparently agreed.

The only real entertainment in the evening apparently came when Sheryl Crow and Laurie David approached Karl Rove and challenged him on global warming. Both sides left the encounter fuming. David said Rove had gone "zero to 100," and that she'd "never had anyone be so rude" to her. Rove said that David "came over to insult me, and she succeeded."

By Tim Grieve

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

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