Obama a Hit; Sykes Risque?

President Obama may have gotten the biggest laugh when he noted that Mother’s Day was tomorrow. “This is a tough day for Rahm Emanuel because he is not used to using the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.'”

Other gems: “Michael Steele is in the house tonight — or as he would say, ‘In the heezy.'”

And his line about the media surely confirmed critics contention that the press corps was in the tank for Obama.

“Most of you covered me — all of you voted for me. Apologies to the Fox table.”

There’s some early consternation over Wanda Sykes, with some saying she went over the top. But what did they expect? By her standup standards, she was tame.

“Governor Palin is not here. She pulled out at the last minute. Someone should tell her –that is now how you practice abstinence.”

Her biggest zingers were reserved for Rush Limbaugh, attacking him for saying he wished Obama would “fail” as something akin to “treason.”

I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was just so strung out on oxycotin he missed his flight.”

She also criticized the Obamas for giving the Queen an iPod.

“What are you going to give the Pope, a Bluetooth?”

On MSNBC, Pat Buchanan said Sykes went too far in her humor. ————————– Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

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