Wanda Sykes's Hottest WHCD Zingers
Comedian Wanda Sykes delivered one of the edgier routines in the history of the correspondents' dinner Saturday night. Here are her hot-button lines, broken down by crowd reaction.
The big-laugh line: "The first black president! [pause] That's until you screw up. And then it's going to be, 'What's up with the half-white guy?'"
The ooooooh line (on Sarah Palin, an invited guest who canceled): "She pulled out at the last minute. Someone should tell her that's not how you practice abstinence."
The "ouch" line (on Michelle Obama's England trip): "You over there pattin' the queen on the back like she just slid into home plate."
The oh-no-she-didn't line (on Rush Limbaugh saying he hopes Obama fails, which she equated to saying he hopes America fails): "I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight."
Any regrets for the Rush jokes, which inspired a day of heated cable-news debate? "They invited me because of who I am," Sykes told our colleague Richard Leiby, "and I didn't want to disappoint."
The Reliable Source
May 10, 2009; 6:01 PM ET
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