Political humor is wonderful.  It’s like jokes, but jokes for smart people.  That’s the reason John Stewart and Steven Colbert are so hilarious and well loved.  To be able to put a comic spin on the sometimes boring, enraging, and often thoroughly depressing events of each day is a wonderful talent.  Each day brings a whole platter of items to mock or laugh at.  But when political jokes go bad, they go terribly bad.  Here is just one more example of that happening.

Starting this March 11th, now available on DVD from Paramount Television and Comedy Central DVD, is the uncensored first season of Lil’ Bush: Resident Of The United States.  Bring this show home and watch the invasion begin.
Lil’ Bush is the second series which Comedy Central has done about G. W. Bush.  The first was That’s My Bush, which was canceled shortly after 9/11.  This show was created by Donick Cary from The Simpsons and , in this first season, contains cameos from people as varied as Iggy Pop, Jeff Tweedy, Frank Black, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Dave Grohl.  This is the story of Lil’ Bush, Lil’ Condi, Lil’ Rummy, Lil’ Cheney and all the Lil’ Dems.  They live in George H. W. Bush’s White House, but somehow the events going on are from the present day.  Lil’ George and his gang get into all sorts of trouble and spread their neo-conservative glee.

The special features on this disc include a never-before-seen special episode “Walter Reed,” optional audio commentary by Jerry Springer, Ralph Nader, and Tucker Carlson, a tour through the White House given by Lil’ George, and a behind the scenes look at the show including interviews with the cast and creators and a table read of one of the scripts.

One hilarious moment in this show is when Lil’ John McCain is on the show, talking about “the straight talk.”  Also, hearing Tim Meadows’ voice come out of Barack Obama’s mouth is simply priceless.  Everything else is an utter disappointment.  The writers of this show are pissing away comic gold with every joke they make.  The biggest joke about Bush is that he’s dumb.  H. W. is portrayed as a wussy elitist – which is accurate.  Jeb plays the family dog, not a single joke is made about Barbara’s racism.  The only funny thing about Rummy is that his dad beats him, Condi has a secret crush on George, and Cheney is completely unintelligible.  Where is the witty repartee?  Where are the obtuse references to preemptive war or Kyoto or FEMA or so many other Bush doctrine failures?  The writers of this show landed in the promised land and proceeded to do nothing at all.

Lil’ Bush is short on humor, short on insight, short on vision, and just generally falls short.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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