At KU's Lied Center Sunday afternoon, 41st President George Bush's appearance was highlighted by 3 hecklers, 2 belly laughs and one terrific interview with Dole Center director Bill Lacy. All three hecklers were hustled out. One of the belly laughs was when Bush said "I can't hear those people. I'm old and deaf."
But Bush brought the house down with HIS impersonation of Dana Carvey doing HIM. Remember the lines from Saturday Night Live? It was hilarious when Bush 41 joked about making decisions while he was President and saying "not gonna do it.. wouldn't be prudent." (Mr. Bush held up his two fingers. Insert laughter and applause here.)
The former President said he never took any of that stuff personally.. protestors yelling at him, or comedians impersonating him. Even though President Reagan's quoted in a new book saying George Bush "was the most thin-skinned politician he'd ever met," Bush tried to dispel that notion. Bush knows Dana Carvey really well. He said he saw Carvey a few weeks ago at a charity event, calling the man who lampooned him for years "a very nice guy.. he was funny, and even though it stung once in a while.. he never did it in a mean spirit like some of the comedians these days, who are not very nice."
Except for those three hecklers who didn't get to see the whole interview, I think everyone walked out of the Lied Center with warmer memories of Bush 41, his sense of world history and his sense of humor. It made me think, did Dana Carvey and SNL help cost Bush the 1992 election? How about John McCain? Did the political parodies of him and Sarah Palin sent them on the road to defeat?
Let me know what you think about the Saturday Night live satires that started with Chevy Chase, falling down as Gerald Ford!! Ralph