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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 22:06 GMT 23:06 UK
'Double-You' Bush delights media
Mr Bush played on his reputation for muddling his words

US President George W Bush was twice the man at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on Saturday.

Playing up to his public persona, Mr Bush sent himself up alongside impersonator, Steve Bridges.

"Let's [get] things going," said Mr Bridges imitating Mr Bush, "or I'll never get to bed".

The real Mr Bush spoke of spreading his agenda "globally and around the world, as well as internationally".

E-I-E-I-O

Steve Bridges, who lampoons Mr Bush on television, was invited by the president to mimic him at the dinner.

Some of my critics... call me arrogant. I will not honour that with a response.
Steve Bridges as George Bush
"All right. Maintain. Be cool. Let's give this a try," said Mr Bridges as Mr Bush.

"We must enhance non-compliance protocols sanctioned not only at IAEA formal sessions, but through intercessional contact."

Mr Bush repeated: "We must enhance non-compliance protocols sanctioned not only at E-I-E-I-O sessions, but through intersexual conduct," eliciting howls of laughter from the audience.

Adopting the president's poise and mannerisms, Mr Bridges told the guests: "Some of my critics in the international community call me arrogant.

"I will not even honour that with a response. Screw them!", with Mr Bush smirking beside him.

The president told the audience he was "absolutely delighted to be here, as is [wife] Laura," to which Mr Bridges quipped: "She's hot!"

Mr Bush's appearance at the dinner, which is attended by media personalities, celebrities and politicians, continues a tradition begun by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

Comedian Stephen Colbert - well-known for his jibes at the Washington establishment in his show The Colbert Report - was the evening's featured entertainer.

He paid a mock tribute to the president as a man who, "believes Wednesday what he believed Monday, despite what happened Tuesday".

"I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least," he told the audience, "and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq".


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