What’s Better? His Empty Suit or Her Baggage? by MAUREEN DOWD
There’s only one reason I continue to brave Washington’s dreary formal press dinners, which are so calcified they’re a bad cross between a zombie movie and those little Mexican Day of the Dead sculptures.
I find it highly instructive to hear politicians make humor speeches. It’s difficult, and few pols do it well.
It took Bill Clinton almost two terms to make a funny speech. He kept letting a petulant tone creep in. Even though W. would probably rather spend the night in Baghdad than go to a banquet, way past his bedtime, where he’s getting lampooned by reporters still able to drink, he was a master right from the start.
Lynne Cheney is a practiced speaker, but a bit tone-deaf on humor. At the Gridiron dinner here on Saturday, she said of her husband: “He has a great sense of humor. Just the other day I asked him, ‘Do you know how many terrorists it takes to paint a wall?’ And he answered right back, ‘It depends on how hard you throw them.’ ”