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"Listen! Don't mention the war! I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it alright..."

Attytood: Don't mention the war (or bash Bush): Look, we realize that the White House Correspondents Association dinner is a "fun" event.... But sometimes life and art imitate each other just a little too closely.... [W]e saw earlier this week that the WHCA had chosen Rich Little -- who we used to watch imitate Richard Nixon and Bob Hope on Johnny Carson in the early 1970s... (huge h/t to occasional reader Phoenix Woman).... Little now says he has an understanding not to bash Bush or mention the war:

Little said organizers of the event made it clear they don't want a repeat of last year's controversial appearance by Stephen Colbert, whose searing satire of President Bush and the White House press corps fell flat and apparently touched too many nerves.

"They got a lot of letters," Little said Tuesday. "I won't even mention the word 'Iraq.'"

Little, who hasn't been to the White House since he was a favorite of the Reagan administration, said he'll stick with his usual schtick -- the impersonations of the past six presidents.

"They don't want anyone knocking the president. He's really over the coals right now, and he's worried about his legacy," added Little, a longtime Las Vegas resident.


"So. It's all forgotten now and let's hear no more about it. So that's two egg mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Hermann Goering, and four Colditz sandwiches. No, wait a minute, I got a bit confused here. Sorry. I got a bit confused because everybody here keeps mentioning the war. So could you... What's the matter?"

"It's alright."

"Is there something wrong?"

"Will you stop talking about the war!"

"But you started it!"

"We did not start it!"

"Yes you did! You invaded Poland!"