Sykes Goes Too Far at White House Correspondent’s Dinner
Comedian Wanda Sykes pulled no punches as she skewered conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — but her morbid cracks set some guests’ cringe-meters off the charts.
Sykes accused Limbaugh of treason, compared him to Usama bin Laden and wished for his physical collapse as she roasted the favorite target of liberals Saturday night at the Washington Hilton.
“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,” Sykes said.
“He’s not saying anything differently than what Usama bin Laden is saying,” she continued, before addressing the guest of honor, President Obama. “You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight.”
The crowd groaned, Obama smiled and Sykes may have noticed a little discomfort in the room.
“Too much?” she asked.
But then she piled it on:
“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.”
Obama joined the crowd in laughing at the crack about Limbaugh’s “kidneys.”
But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested Monday that Sykes’ bit was considered in poor taste.
Saying Wanda Sykes was in “poor taste” at the dinner about Rush Limbaugh is an understatement! She wants him dead! She needs to be investigated,