Bush Gets More Laughs — Barely

The D.C. Examiner brought a decibel meter into the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner — and President Bush just barely edged out emcee Craig Ferguson in laughs.

Patrick Gavin and Jeff Dufour write, "Bush’s loudest laugh line, at 90.7 dB, was when he said Hillary Clinton couldn’t make it “because of sniper fire” and “Sen. Obama’s at church.”

"Ferguson topped out at 90.5 dB, when he joked that Canada was like the apartment above the party. “Come to the party, Canada,” he joked. “We’re like: ‘Mexico wasn’t invited but they’re coming anyways.’ ”"

The decibel meter’s highest readings, however, came during the dinner itself.

Can I steal this idea to measure Oscar-night applause?

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