I was going to write a post tonight about the White House Correspondents Dinner, specifically President Obama's evisceration of Donald Trump. Oh, it was a sight to behold: Trump sitting dour-faced in the middle of the room, refusing to even blink, as the world's most powerful man played him for a fool. "You wanna see my birth video?" Obama says, then cues up the Lion King.
It was brilliant. David Frum put it better than anyone:
First the Washington Post seats Donald Trump in the middle of the vast ballroom in the Washington Hilton at the White House Correspondents dinner.To quote Theo from Die Hard, And the quarterback is toast!
Then the President of the United States followed by the comedian for the night ridicule Trump to his face in every imaginable way, including his appearance.
The entire room explodes in laughter at his expense – all 3000 people – while the cameras are fixed on his scowling helpless face.
When the Washington village performs a ritual humiliation, this is what it looks like.
But the news from today puts a new spin on all of this. While Donald Trump was talking about birth certificates and college transcripts and stewing in bad humor, President Obama was busy being president. He'd been working this Bin Laden thing behind the scenes since August. When he was delivering zingers at the podium, he had already given the green light to Special Forces. He knew that it would be a matter of days, if not hours, until Bin Laden was dead.
Puts a different spin on things.