David and Crow Row with Rove

We were wondering if this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner would be as entertaining as last year’s, during which comedian Stephen Colbert’s satiric praise of the Bush administration made the audience increasingly uncomfortable. It wasn’t. But a scuffle between Karl Rove and Laurie David and Sheryl Crow over global warming did pique our interest.

Just like at the scene of a crime, witnesses to the argument gave different accounts of what happened. Variety reports that:

According to David, Rove exploded rudely; according to Rove, David was the aggressor. Witnesses said Crow tried to break things up, only to get into it with Rove herself.

Crow and David, who just finished their two-week Stop Global Warming College Tour, chronicled their side of the story in the Huffington Post:

We felt compelled to remind him [Rove] 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?)


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."

(We’re trying to ignore that distracting, strange, conceited bit about anyone refusing to be touched by Crow—maybe Rove was just following his mother’s advice not to let stranger’s touch him.)

Rove didn’t have a comment for the The New York Times (though according to the Washington Post, Rove said, “She [David] came over to insult me and she succeeded.”), but White House spokesman Tony Fratto spoke up: 

“We have respect for the opinions and passion that many people have for climate change.” But, Mr. Fratto said, “I wish the same respect was afforded to the president.”

He accused Ms. Crow and Ms. David of ignoring the president’s environmental initiatives, like pushing for alternative fuels, and for “going after officials with misinformed assertions at a social dinner.”

“Misinformation,” huh? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.


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