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Date Posted: 10:49:04 05/05/02 Sun
Author: gmike
Subject: White House Correspondents' Dinner (Ozzy Osbourne, Bush)

Ozzy Shines at White House Correspondents Dinner
Sun May 5, 7:40 AM ET
By Katy Hunt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) treated journalists to never-before-seen pictures of the White House on Saturday, including one in which Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) appears to be urinating on the door of his Oval Office.


Reuters Photo

"Dick, I hope you're not doing what it looks like you're doing," Bush quipped as he narrated a slide show at the 88th annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association.

Bush was nearly upstaged at the elegant event by heavy metal rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, who is in talks with MTV to bring his raucous, foul-mouthed family back for a second season of the surprise hit series "The Osbournes."

The aging former lead singer of Black Sabbath, a guest at the dinner, stood up on a chair and waved to the wildly cheering crowd after Bush recognized him, prompting the president to say, "OK, Ozzy ... Might have been a mistake."

The Cheney photograph followed a series in which other top officials, including national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) and outgoing White House aide Karen Hughes, were shown peering into a peephole at the president's office.

At last year's dinner, Bush showed the White House press corps intimate photographs from the Bush family album, including one of his younger brother Jeb, now the governor of Florida, as a naked toddler sporting a cowboy hat.

There were no nude family photos on Saturday, but Bush took aim several times at Cheney, who was also seated at the head table with his wife Lynne.

In one slide, he showed presidential dog Barney beating hasty retreat from behind the president's desk.

"You can tell Barney is in some trouble here. This is the day he chewed up the list of undisclosed locations and we couldn't find Dick," the president laughed.

Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Cheney has spent time at a secret location due to heightened security concerns.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton (news - web sites) was also the object of Bush's humor when he showed a photograph of himself with a woman dressed in full-length blue burka and said it was the former first lady.

"For political reasons, some Democrats prefer that it not be known they are working with a Republican president, so they slip in the back door -- like Hillary Clinton here," he said.

Bush, famous for his self-deprecating remarks, also showed unflattering photos of himself, including several that showed him falling flat on his back at the White House bowling alley.

In another, first lady Laura Bush has her hand planted squarely on his face. "She helps me in a million ways. Here, she is helping me pronounce Azerbaijani," Bush explained.

The evening's paid entertainer, comedian Drew Carey, also took aim at the president's verbal antics.

"Every time he gets to a big word, it's like watching a high-wire act," Carey said.

Thirteen presidents have attended the annual dinner, beginning with Calvin Coolidge in 1920.

Each year, the event draws hundreds of journalists and Washington officials, as well as dozens of celebrities. This year's stellar cast included actress Glenn Close and actor Harrison Ford, model Christie Brinkley, as well as the sex adviser Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) and Gen. Tommy Franks, the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan (news - web sites), also attended.



Bush Trades Jokes With Journalists

By BROOKE DONALD, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush (news - web sites) gave Washington reporters a look at "what life is really like inside the Bush White House" on Saturday, showing off his collection of "actual, never-seen-before photos."

One of the good things about life in the mansion is that his wife, Laura, is always on hand to help him out, he said displaying a photograph of the first lady standing with her hands on each side of his face.

"Here she is helping me pronounce Azerbaijani," said Bush, who is known to sometimes stumble over long words.

Bush and top members of his administration mingled and shared laughs with reporters and other Washington insiders at the annual White House Correspondents dinner.

Comedian Drew Carey was on hand to provide the entertainment during the more than three-hour event, doing standup comedy for the president and more than 1,800 guests, including top White House adviser Karl Rove and rock star Ozzy Osbourne.

Bush noted that Carey is the host of a television show that "is totally improvised."

"Drew?" the president said. "Got any interest in the Middle East?"

Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, were the guests of Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. The couple and two of their three kids are stars of the MTV hit reality show, "The Osbournes," which chronicles the family's wacky, profane home life.

"The thing about Ozzy is, he's made a lot of big hit recordings "Party With the Animals," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," "Face in Hell," "Black Skies" and "Bloodbath in Paradise,'" said the president.

"Ozzy. Your mom loves your stuff."

The correspondents' dinner, now in its 88th year, has become an occasion for self-deprecating humor from presidents. Last year Bush presented a slide show of his family accompanied by a joke-riddled speech about the 2000 election recount.

The year before Bill Clinton put together a farewell video, in which the former president pretended to be at loose ends in the final lame-duck months of his presidency.

Honored guests included the winners of the association's annual journalism awards. Most of the winning entries were about the terrorist attacks last year in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.

The winners included Associated Press Writer Ron Fournier, presented with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award in the print category for his deadline reporting on Sept. 11 under calls to evacuate the White House for fear of an attack on the executive mansion. Peter Maer of CBS News, also at the White House during the attacks, won in the broadcast category.

The Edgar A. Poe Award went to four Newsweek journalists Evan Thomas, Mark Hosenball, Martha Brant and Roy Gutman for their reporting on terrorism.

The White House Correspondents Association was formed in 1914 as a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the dinner.



For those who miss it C-SPAN will reair the White House Correspondents' Dinner today at 2pm eastern / 11am pacific

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