Comedian Jimmy Kimmel didn't pull a Stephen Colbert last night, but to employ an overused sports quip he got the job done at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Earlier this week, Kimmel bemoaned how tough it is to mock such a cool president like Barack Obama. Colbert had no such problem back in 2006 when he used his time as the Comedian in Chief to mercilessly mock Bush.
But during last night's Correspondents Dinner monologue Kimmel not only fired off a few tart jabs at the president; he also hit some surprise targets on the Left. Plus, he referenced the Fast and Furious scandal, another topic all but ignored by humorists over the last year.
Yes, Kimmel let loose on Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann's husband. No surprises there. But he held the president partially accountable for an awful three and a half years in office in a way audiences rarely here from today's comics.
"You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious.
He added comic insult to injury later:
"There's a term for guys like President Obama," Kimmel said with a pause. "Probably not two terms."
Kimmel also let loose on two liberal darlings - Al Gore and Keith Olbermann.
I’d like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume. Is Keith here tonight? Limo wouldn’t pick him up? The thing about Keith Olbermann is he’s so likable.
Al Gore launched Current TV in 2005 and it took off like a North Korean rocket. To be honest, I didn’t even know Current TV was still on the air, but then I don’t get channel a million.
Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County.
All Big Hollywood wants is balance. Today's comedians can mock the Right all they want, but when they do so while ignoring the Left, we call foul. Sadly, we're forced to call it a lot.
For one night, Kimmel got close enough for horseshoes in the political comedy department.