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Sheryl Crow Battles Karl Rove at D.C. Press Dinner

 
 
Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 09:10 am
Sheryl Crow Battles Karl Rove at D.C. Press Dinner
By Joe Strupp
Published: April 22, 2007 9:40 AM ET

WASHINGTON President George Bush's choice not to make jokes, and comedian Rich Little's somewhat poor attempt to make them, resulted in an unusual White House Correspondent's Association Dinner Saturday as celebrities and politicians mixed, mingled and dined.

One highlight: singer Sheryl Crow, on a cross-country global warming awareness trip, got into it with Karl Rove. Jawing like a baseball manager and an umpire arguing a call, Crow and Rove were disagreeing over global warming, with Crow's pal, Laurie David, offering support.

Approached afterward about the exchange, Rove said he was enjoying it all, "if I can get to my meal."

It was clear the dinner would have a less-comedic mood when WHCA President Steve Scully opened by noting the tragedy at Virginia Tech this week. "Our hearts are in Blacksburg, Va.," he said. "We grieve for the families." That followed with a moment of silence for those affected by the tragedy.

When Amie Steele, editor of the Virginia Tech student newspaper (interviewed by E&P several days ago), spoke, she received one of two standing ovations during the dinner, the other given for White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, just back from fighting cancer. Steele said she was invited Wednesday by incoming WHCA President Ann Compton, just two days after the shootings, adding that the press organization also gave the student paper a $5,000 grant.

In between butternut squash, filet of salmon and petite filet, and mango mousse, the 3,000-plus attendees chatted, snapped photos, and sought to get close to the presidential dais for photos.

Just a few feet from the podium, Rove was found at The New York Times table, in discussions with the likes of D.C. Bureau Chief Dean Baquet and columnist Maureen Dowd. When asked why the paper, which often battles the White House, chose to invite Rove, Dowd said, "I don't do the inviting anymore."

Reporter Jim Rutenberg said he had asked Rove because "we cover him and I just asked." Was he getting any scoops from the White House insider? "He's telling us everything," Rutenberg joked.

Asked to comment on the battle with Crow, Rove told one reporter, "She came over to insult me and she succeeded." Crow and David have a full account up at the Huffington Post blog.

Another Bush White House figure, Alberto Gonzales, stayed seated at one of the USA Today tables most of the night. He declined to comment on his current troubles or press treatment of his recent testimony before congress on the eight fired U.S. Attorneys, saying "I am enjoying my meal, it is great to be here. I am enjoying myself."

In much better spirits, and still topping the Republican presidential polls, was Rudolph Giuliani, who sat next to Rupert Murdoch at a table near the front. "I think it is a good time to have some things to laugh about," he said prior to Rich Little's performance. "I am looking forward to seeing him."

Then there was New Orleans Saints Running Back Reggie Bush, who said he was a guest of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "I am just trying to broaden my horizons," he said of his appearance at the dinner, where he sported two large diamond stud earrings. "It is fun, I didn't realize it would be so big." Asked about how the post-Katrina rebuilding is going in his new hometown, he said, "It's still a mess," adding that he believed President Bush was doing his best to help. "I'm pretty sure being president has got to be tough."

Moments later, the star running back was grabbed by new Jenny Craig pitchwoman Valerie Bertinelli, who exclaimed, "You're the best, I'm so excited," then posed for a photo. One table over, Katie Couric was the object of her own hugging fans, stopping briefly to comment on her past year of ratings battles and somewhat harsh criticism.

"I didn't have any preconceived notions," she said about her new role as CBS Evening News Anchor. When asked about those who have criticized her work, she said "I think they've been fine, that's their job."

Finally, Teri Hatcher, another USA Today guest, said she wanted her daughter, Emerson, to learn something of the ways of Washington through the event. "I think it is a fascinating combination of journalism and Hollywood and politics," she said, "Being here supports being a part of that."
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 09:12 am
Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
by Laurie David and Sheryl Crow
04.22.2007

Last night Thelma and Louise drove the bus off the cliff or at least into the White House Correspondents Dinner. The "highlight" of the evening had to be when we were introduced to Karl Rove. How excited were we to have our first opportunity ever to talk directly to the Bush Administration about global warming.

We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there.

We reminded the senior White House advisor that the US leads the world in global warming pollution and we are doing the least about it. Anger flaring, Mr. Rove immediately regurgitated the official Administration position on global warming which is that the US spends more on researching the causes than any other country.

We felt compelled to remind him that the research is done and the results are in (www.IPCC.ch). Mr. Rove exploded with even more venom. Like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum, Mr. Rove launched into a series of illogical arguments regarding China not doing enough thus neither should we. (Since when do we follow China's lead?)

At some point during his ramblings, we became heartbroken to think that the President of the United States and his top advisers have partially built a career on global warming not being real. We have been telling college students across the country for the past two weeks that government does not change until people demand it... well, listen up folks, everyone had better get a lot louder because the message clearly is not getting through.

In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, "Don't touch me." How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unfazed, Sheryl abruptly responded, "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us." Karl then quipped, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people." To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, "We are the American people."

At that point Mr. Rove apparently decided he had had enough. Like a groundhog fearful of his own shadow, he scurried to his table in an attempt to hibernate for another year from his responsibility to address global warming. Drama aside, you would expect as an American citizen to be able to engage in a civil discussion with a public official. Instead, Mr. Rove was dismissive, condescending, and quite frankly a bully.

Ultimately, we were left wondering what on Earth Mr. Rove was talking about when he said "the American people." If more than 60% of American voters, the Supreme Court, over 400 cities, the US National Academy of Sciences, numerous major US corporations, and others don't constitute the American people, then what does? The truth is, if this administration cared one iota about the American people, they would have addressed this problem long ago, and the sad reality is that this problem has been left to us, all of us, since the current administration has abandoned this issue entirely. In the absence of true leadership, we must guide ourselves. We can solve this, but we had better act fast.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 09:24 am
I'd like to vote Sheryl off the single square.
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okie
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 09:27 am
Sheryl Crow is one that has the answers to solve global warming, BBB?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,267783,00.html
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revel
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 10:58 am
I don't get into the issue of global warming for the simple reason that I am not really scientifically inclined.

However, I would like to address Karl Rove and his apparent lack of simple manners and his dismissal of Sheryl Crow as being an American. What a jerk.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:02 am
okie wrote:
Sheryl Crow is one that has the answers to solve global warming, BBB?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,267783,00.html


Karl Rove is interested in anything besides his master's wants and needs?
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okie
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:16 am
revel wrote:
I don't get into the issue of global warming for the simple reason that I am not really scientifically inclined.

However, I would like to address Karl Rove and his apparent lack of simple manners and his dismissal of Sheryl Crow as being an American. What a jerk.

Sheryl Crow thinks she IS the American people. She is wrong. She is only about 1 of 300 million, thankfully. Rove also works for me and I have as much of a vote is Ms. Crow. Ms. Crow is an example of arrogance personafied. And kookiness as well. I challenge the toilet paper police now to accompany her into the restroom every time she goes. She is a nut, a misguided and ignorant "save the earth" fanatic, plain and simple.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:22 am
I'd have paid to see that.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:25 am
okie wrote:
revel wrote:
I don't get into the issue of global warming for the simple reason that I am not really scientifically inclined.

However, I would like to address Karl Rove and his apparent lack of simple manners and his dismissal of Sheryl Crow as being an American. What a jerk.

Sheryl Crow thinks she IS the American people. She is wrong. She is only about 1 of 300 million, thankfully. Rove also works for me and I have as much of a vote is Ms. Crow. Ms. Crow is an example of arrogance personafied. And kookiness as well. I challenge the toilet paper police now to accompany her into the restroom every time she goes. She is a nut, a misguided and ignorant "save the earth" fanatic, plain and simple.


all that may be true. Karl Rove is also an arrogant jerk off. Sheryl Crow thinks she is the American people? She is. The fact that she's not ALL of the American people does not lessen that truism.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:26 am
cjhsa wrote:
I'd have paid to see that.


paid to see what?
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:29 am
Re: Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
Laurie David and Sheryl Crow wrote:
How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?

I hereby nominate this as the dumbest rhetorical question ever posed in the history of the English language.
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okie
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:30 am
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
Sheryl Crow thinks she is the American people? She is. The fact that she's not ALL of the American people does not lessen that truism.

Shes no more "THE American people" than I am or you are. She has no right to speak for the American people, implying she speaks for all of us. She is Cheryl Crow, thats all, nothing more, just one American. She can speak for Cheryl Crow, one American, thats all. She could not pay me enough money to speak for me.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:32 am
Re: Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
joefromchicago wrote:
Laurie David and Sheryl Crow wrote:
How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?

I hereby nominate this as the dumbest rhetorical question ever posed in the history of the English language.


that was a pretty stupid remark.... gotta go with you on that... she's a great singer and performer.... but she ain't Mother Theresa....
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:33 am
okie wrote:
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
Sheryl Crow thinks she is the American people? She is. The fact that she's not ALL of the American people does not lessen that truism.

Shes no more "THE American people" than I am or you are. She has no right to speak for the American people, implying she speaks for all of us. She is Cheryl Crow, thats all, nothing more, just one American. She can speak for Cheryl Crow, one American, thats all. She could not pay me enough money to speak for me.


I call bullshit. If she came into your house with a suitcase full of money to speak for you you'd sell out unless you're already mega wealthy, on that I'd bet.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:35 am
Re: Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
joefromchicago wrote:
Laurie David and Sheryl Crow wrote:
How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?

I hereby nominate this as the dumbest rhetorical question ever posed in the history of the English language.


I don't live in a closet, but i don't pay much attention to what passes for popular culture, either. Frankly, i wouldn't know Sheryl Crow if she bit me in the ass. That isn't what she had in mind, is it?
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:40 am
Set, she's not the queen of the world but I'd let her give me a little love bite or two on the ass.... with squinney's permission of course.
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revel
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:47 am
okie wrote:
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
Sheryl Crow thinks she is the American people? She is. The fact that she's not ALL of the American people does not lessen that truism.

Shes no more "THE American people" than I am or you are. She has no right to speak for the American people, implying she speaks for all of us. She is Cheryl Crow, thats all, nothing more, just one American. She can speak for Cheryl Crow, one American, thats all. She could not pay me enough money to speak for me.


She wasn't speaking for the American people, nor did she claim to. Sheryl Crow said he didn't have the right speak to them that way because he works for them. (Them meaning the American people in general.) He said he works for the American people. She answered she was the American people. (She obviously meant one of the American people)

What did Karl Rove mean with his response in context to Sheryl Crow's statement of his working for them? Why make the distinction of saying, "no I work for the American people." What is Sheryl Crow-a Russian? The point remains that when a citizen tries to talk to a public servant, the public servant can't be rude and obnoxious simply because he/she doesn't agree with said citizen.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:51 am
Karl Rove and his circle make me want to believe in reincarnation.

It would be sweet justice if they all came back as abused dogs who only wanted to go through their day with a measure of simple happiness but were slapped, beaten, cuffed and rebuffed by their sadistic owners just enough to make their lives a misery but not enough to shorten their life spans.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:53 am
HA . . . so you favor dog-abuse ? ! ? ! ?

You disgusting commie pig . . .
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woiyo
 
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Reply Mon 23 Apr, 2007 11:55 am
Cheryl "who" talking to Karl "who" about global Warming? This is news why????
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