Barack Obama dutifully paid attention to Wanda Sykes as she joked about the president’s nipples and the vice president’s gaffes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She even managed to get people to laugh about race! But the real controversy were her punchlines involved Rush Limbaugh: “Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. So you’re saying, ‘I hope America fails’, you’re, like, ‘I don’t care about people losing their homes, their jobs, our soldiers in Iraq’. He just wants the country to fail. To me, that’s treason. He’s not saying anything differently than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight. … Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs.” You’re feeding the beast, Wanda. Feeding. The. Beast.
Cue media questioning how appropriate Sykes’ jokes were. CNN’s Reliable Sources: