The CNN version, via TaMara.
Fresh off the WhiteHouse Youtube channel. If a version shows up that includes cutaways to the people Obama singles out and the screen jokes, I’ll switch it in, but you can pretty well guess what they were anyway. And that THERE WILL BE BUTTHURT over the next few days, yes there will.
Keep in mind that Obama HATES the #WCHD and yet he can still be this good at this.
— Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire) May 1, 2016
Should’ve known the Guardian would do a liveblog…
… You can’t say that Larry Wilmore killed: his humor – as it normally is – was a bit more of the wait-did-he-really-say-that variety, which is definitely not in keeping with the typical WHCD crowd … which tends to think that he perhaps ought not to have said it. And, Wilmore’s jibes at CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon, MSNBC’s morning show juggernaut Morning Joe and the death of print journalism (all topics well-covered at the event in past years, but normally by the president) were pretty unpopular with the likely inebriated crowd, earning him a couple of loud boos from folks who probably ought to have known better.
Laughing at himself is a skill the president managed to perfect at these things over the years; it’s one that not all the journalists in attendance seem to have mastered (though Don Lemon pasted a smile on and waved at the crowd). At least his reception wasn’t so poor that, like the year after Colbert made fun of George W Bush, the association will be tempted to find the most banal, grandparent-friendly comedian possible.
And next year will bring a new president: the question now is whether that president will be able to laugh at him or herself, and how much material with which she or he will give the host to work…
They were not too proud to include red carpet pics, either — including Kerry Washington going full fangirl over Madeline Albright. And the Guardian‘s guests, Carries Fisher, Tom Hiddleston, and Carrie’s French bulldog Gary. Donald Trump did not attend, but he sent his grown sons
Uday and Qusay, presumably to take notes on who laughed at the Trump jokes, for when the purges start.
Also in attendance, Senator Sanders:
. @BernieSanders at #WHCD , as promised, no tux. pic.twitter.com/p86MZoy2ku
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) April 30, 2016
He chose not to wear a tux, because Bernie is a man of the people, as he
performs demonstrates at every opportunity. Despite some analysts’ hopes, he did not walk out when the jokes were aimed at him. On the other hand, those jokes were pretty darned mild, even by #NerdProm standards.
Company-town paper of record the Washington Post gave its approval, including a serious note:
… The sponsoring White House Correspondents’ Association saluted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was jailed by Iranian authorities for 18 months until his release in January. Rezaian, who attended the dinner with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and brother Ali, received a standing ovation when he presented a series of journalism awards. “This is a big and intimidating room,” he told the crowd, “but it beats solitary confinement.”…
And, to quote the President: “I don’t even have a joke here, I just think Helen Mirren is awesome” —
Dame Helen Mirren showed up at the White House correspondents’ dinner with purple gown, a purple tattoo near her collarbone and a plan to honor Prince.
The hand-drawn symbol is temporary, but the actress still wanted to honor the legendary singer, who died suddenly last week at age 57. “I admire great artists and he was a great artist,” she said, according to The Post’s Roxanne Roberts…
Lord knows, she didn’t have to make such an effort to get attention. From the time she arrived on the WHCD party scene Friday night, the Oscar winner was perhaps the most sought-after A-lister in town. At the dinner itself, she had a prime table with both Joe Biden and John Kerry. I mean, she is Dame Helen Freakin Mirren…
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Thanks to someone’s Deity! I thought my last post broke the site!
Bernie doesn’t have time for societal niceties.
Now, vote for him to represent the United States of America!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
POTUS actually dropped the Mic!
I keep thinking WHCD is a TV station I’m not familiar with.
Don Lemon actually flipped the bird at Wilmore and then realized he was on camera.
@Adam L Silverman: I felt a little guilty when I saw I’d be pushing down your excellent post, but then again, now people who want to make #NerdProm jokes have a place where they won’t worry about derailing serious foreign policy commentary.
Dame Helen is God. I am dropping my mic right now.
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@Anne Laurie: Its fine. I had a window and took it because I wanted to get it on the site. Not everything requires a lot of comments.
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I’m watching Willmore now. That crowd is like the Hinkley jury!
@Adam L Silverman: One L in Wilmore… /pedant
@LesBonnesFemmes: –“Prime Suspect” my first introduction. Was smitten.
Remain so. Because I advance in years, but she doesn’t.
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@seaboogie: I’ve asked Alain to give me a button that inserts an animated pair of eyes rolling.
@rikyrah: That was cool. And I hope he does it again just before he leaves office on his way to the Presidential helicopter (or is that mode of transport only for the ones who are chased out?)
Anne Laurie, I was watching CSPAN’s video when you put this up. It has the cutaways.
Princess Leah and Loki were an odd couple. But I liked seeing them together.
I thought Larry Wilmore was funnier than that room gave him. I just think using the ‘N word’ was ill-advised and out of place. Now people are not going to focus on his incredibly heartfelt points on what a black POTUS meant to him. We’ll see all the idiots clutching their pearls and obsessing over the use of the N word. Ugh!
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@Anya: I don’t think the majority in that crowd would get what Wilmore did last evening even if someone explained it to them slowly. They were never going to focus on the heartfelt bit, just on him sliding the knife into them over and over and over again.
@Adam L Silverman: I am sure you’re right. It always amazes me how thin skinned they are, specially for people who target and criticize others for a living. They can’t handle mild jokes at their expense. They must know deep down what Wilmore was saying has merit. They just sold their integrity and they don’t want anyone reminding them.
I actually thought one of the most brutal parts of the night was POTUS saying to Reince P: “Congrats on all your success. The Republican Party, the nomination process. It’s all going great!”
I wanted to be at Biden’s table even before we noticed Helen Mirren sitting with him. I figured that would be the fun table just because of Joe Biden.
@Anya: It took me a while to understand the bit about Hillary asking people to help her push the big rock up the hill. My husband asked me about Sisyphus and the light dawned: she does have a Sisyphean task.
Trump was undoubtedly sulking somewhere tonight; I love AL’s comment about Uday & Qusay. God knows what Cruz was up to tonight, probably off Zodiac killing some people.
Did R-Money show up to this back in 2012? I assume no.
@Adam L Silverman: That knife job by Wilmore was delicious. The audience was awfully quiet while that was going on.
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@opiejeanne: And the looks on their faces were amazing. They knew they were supposed to be unhappy, but they really weren’t sure why.
I was rather fond of
It was so exactly poised on that line of is it a joke or not. An invisible punch line, also delicately poised between alternative definitions.
@opiejeanne: Did Wilmore move the Overton Window? Because the real window isn’t with political parties but with the media and what they choose, collectively, to accept or reject.
@scav: LOL. I’m laughing again. That was sublime.
@opiejeanne: Donald Jr. was on CNN with his wife and they were bragging about how Trump is so funny and can take a joke. I was like, sure he can. POTUS even made a dig at his inflated income.
I think somebody else here came up with the Uday and Qusay thing, but now I can’t remember who it was.
@Anya: It will be interesting to see what Donald says in response to this roast. Does he ignore it? Or does he actually respond to the jokes?
Smart response would be to ignore it. Let’s see.
Confession: I stole that from the Guardian, where they use it for the Junior Trumps on a regular basis.
Okay, I knew I saw it somewhere else first. I hate when the Brits beat us to a good joke.
@scav: It’s so accurate though. Every network, from the beginning of his “Mexicans are all rapists” candidacy, covered everything he said live, allowed him to just phone in appearances to all their chat shows, gave his rallies live over-the-top coverage, talked about him obsessively, presented him as a serious candidate – all the time. He just overwhelmed all of his Republican rivals and rarely had to spend even a dime on media and ads and all the sorts of things presidential candidacies have always had to do off their own dime. They covered him more extensively than even Obama, who is President. All the while sniping at Hillary and ignoring Bernie. It was shameful and Obama and Larry called them out on it tonight big-time.
But moving the Overton window? I doubt it. The Trump over-coverage is how they make money and get ratings. It’ll continue and get even bigger as he gets a major party nomination; thus legitimizing their coverage choices. This is how Goebbles did it. And it’s happening here.
I admit, I’m only reading transcripts and live blogs right now, and this line of Wilmore’s made me snort-laugh:
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@Mnemosyne: And all you could hear in the room was a pin drop when he finished delivering the line.
@redshirt: To me it looked like he broke the fucking window, but I’m not the press and the pearl-clutching began almost immediately over the use of “my nigga”, although they dropped to word “my” before wailing about race-baiting.
@Mnemosyne: It’s been used several times, but she used it up top so I just referenced that. Made me laugh the first time I saw it, and again tonight
This is my favorite tweet anticipating CNN and Don Lemon’s response:
This is just so really shallow, but I don’t want a president who dresses worse than I do. Even the pants and jacket don’t match. We’ve had eight years of tremendous class and now a guy who looks like he dresses out of a laundry hamper. Oh well, he’s not going to be president, so not a problem.
kenyan endorses hillary.
His field of fvcks is truly barren. That was a wonderful takedown of the media. The butthurt will be felt for days, but they painted the target on themselves by being so dogged over his term in their bothsiderism, and lapping up and repeating anything the wing nuts spouted about Obama.
The FBI-Mafia dinner is almost as entertaining.
Why did the WHPA even invite Larry Wilmore being that he replaced Colbert who they hated? Didn’t they figure Wilmore would be somewhat like Colbert? I’ve heard Julie Mason talk about Colbert and how his performance was inappropriate and she was on the team that hired Colbert that year. Hire Fallon if you want inoffensive kis sass stuff.
Anne Laurie, once again giving me a reminder why I can’t stand the Hillary lovers. Always so arrogant, and certain that they are “the adults in the room” yet never miss a chance to take a childish snarky shot at Sanders reminiscent of a junior high mean girl. So let me reply in kind, where was Hillary; seated at a table with Lloyd Blankfein, and Jaimie Dimon?
Whenever I think about the WHCD I remember that Obama managed sit there and laugh like nothing was amiss while there were helicopters in route to Bin Laden’s compound. Don’t play poker against the Bamz.
Are you and your thin skin really taking the White House Correspondents Dinner so seriously?
Thank god, at least bernie can laugh at himself. Unlike his fanbois.
@Adam L Silverman: @Anya:
I think that Larry was not fully on his game, and I don’t know if it was the writing or whether he was nervous or both. But I also have a sneaking suspicion that he was nervous about the final line that he was going to deliver, and since his speech was so race-conscious, that was a pretty big deal. We’ve been all ni-clang for a long while, and Wimore brought it tonight, to the President’s face. Wanda Sykes was the first host of the WHCD of Obama’s term, and Larry is the last. This was good. That the Village squirmed quite a lot tonight is even better.
Larry may have been a little off his game but I still enjoyed his set, and the ending was pretty moving, and he definitely kept it 100.
@moderateindy: Sanders can afford to rent a damned tux. The WHCD is one of those totally-optional events where you either decline the invitation, or you show up and do your best. Making a big point of slouching in wearing the everyday outfit is the sort of thing that’s very bold and so honest when it’s done by a budding rebel at the junior high mixer. On a man with grandkids that age, it’s just showboating.
@daves09: I know. My husband spotted the mismatched pants/jacket combo. I felt a little guilty about saying Jane needed to spend just 30 minutes at a SuperCuts, but it’s true. She could have her hair bobbed and it would improve her appearance so much.
And a Bernie fan tried to tell some of us that Jane would be a much better First Lady than Michelle.
@moderateindy: Hillary was working on the campaign. All of the candidates were invited, only Bernie had time for this bastion of the Establishment, although he did thumb his nose at them by dressing inappropriately, so I guess they got told.
Yep, that’s exactly where she was. Or else she was having lunch with Pol Pot and/or Hitler. You should check with her social secretary. to be sure. OTOH, if it turns out she was doing a music video with Robin Thicke, I am totally down with whatever you are up for.
@seaboogie: She was literally seen dining with Ted Cruz AKA Lucifer.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym
@redshirt: From the downstairs thread:
I guess I’m a half-Whedonite. I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and emerged with a bruised forehead from banging it on my desk so much. The premise of the final fight was so mind-bogglingly stupid that the whole film fell apart. Of course, my forbearance on things stupid had been completely exhausted by the insistence that the Internet has a central hub in Oslo and that you can hack into the nuclear codes. And, large chunks of it scream, “Hey, two thirds of our principal actors are out of contract soon, so, uhm, what say we throw something together to be able to keep making the movies?”
The fact is, Joss Whedon is terrible at world building. Nothing he’s ever worked on makes any sense. (With Firefly, you have to dig into some of the outside source material to realize how dumb the universe is, though I’m confident that it would have become apparent if he’d had enough episodes to show it.) He creates fantastic characters, and writes short term chunks that string together fantastically to allow those characters to develop over long arcs.
Which is why he should stop making movies. Really, just stop. They don’t give him time to overcome the flaws of the ridiculous settings and concepts with long character arcs. He needs to swallow his ego and go back to series television. I’m sure FX or AMC or Netflix would love to have him on board and give him free rein. And I’m pretty sure the results would be a lot better than the movies he makes.
Frustration! Am I the only person not seeing the video link at all, just a big white space? I rebooted the Kindle, so it shouldn’t be that.
@Anne Laurie: This. Pointless teenage rebellion moves look absurd on a guy as old as Bernie. He’s just advertising that he hasn’t actually learned much in 60 years.
Eric, if you or your dad are looking for laughs next year, I suggest you stock up on buddy comedies or videos of rich people kicking homeless people or whatever cracks you up.
@opiejeanne: And before anyone gets truly stuck on Sanders being one of the people, he and his wife make a FUCK of a lot more money than most Americans do. He and his wife looked like slobs, sorry but it’s the truth. It’s all an ACT and they showed how truly the disrespect the office of the President by showing up looking like a tame variety of People of Walmart.
@moderateindy: She wasn’t in attendance, dumbass.
David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch
@Mnemosyne: it was me..(link)
Also too, I like the stuff AL posts.
I was shocked to learn from Michael Bloomberg that both sides do it!
It seems that railing against religious and racial/ethnic groups is the same as saying that billionaires should pay more taxes. This has given Mike a superbig sad.
I don’t get why people didn’t like Wilmore — he was a great followup to Colbert.
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym: To be fair to Whedon, it sounds as if Ultron was damaged by the suits’ insistence on sticking all kinds of extraneous stuff into it to set up later movies. That doesn’t excuse the worldbuilding silliness, but it does explain the occasional incoherence of the storyline.
It’s what makes me a little nervous about Civil War: it sounds like it also had to incorporate a lot of that. But the early reviews make it sound like they pulled it off.
I missed the WHCD last night, but just skimmed Wilmore’s transcript. Yikes. Did anyone laugh? I cringed just reading it, so I’d be surprised.
@opiejeanne: The press has to have its sound-bite.
I thought it was fine, especially in the context of his other remarks. Remember how he started:
[The applause stopped pretty quickly, maybe before he was even at the lecturn.]
And Obama himself said earlier:
The pearl-clutchers will clutch. Let ’em.
@Technocrat: It’s supposed to be, when it’s done right, a roast of the WH correspondents, national politics, etc. It’s not supposed to be a USO show or something.
The people in the room have daily access to some of the most important people in the world and have the responsibility to tell the public the truth about what is happening. But too many of them think their job is to show how important they are, to put their own personal spin on their reporting, to blather about horse-race politics, etc. Too many of them are over-paid hacks. If their precious fee-fees are so delicate that they can’t be reminded of that one night a year, then they shouldn’t attend.
Larry did very well.
I’m going to have to watch this in the next couple of days. Wilmore’s outright insult of Wolf Blitzer to his face was absolutely delicious.
@Matt McIrvin: This. The first Avengers movie was great, but Whedon had to set up the next two Avengers films along with Civil War, and I think that caused some incoherence. I liked AOU but yes, parts of it were messy, with too much going on.
Everything I’ve read about civil war has been very good with black panther and spiderman being great.
@satby: Yeah, the video at the top of the page is gone now.
Obama’s full remarks are here (32:38). Wilmore’s full remarks are here (22:21).
anyone clutching pearls at Wilmore’s last line hasn’t spent a great deal around African-Americans of a certain age.
i spent many years as one of the few white teachers in an almost totally black school on the west side of Chicago. it was disconcerting at first to hear the N-word tossed around so casually and so often, but – like a lot of words – it has so many different meanings depending on how and when it’s used. and who’s using it.
I’m ridiculously late to this thread, but every word of this is precisely on target and bears repeating.
I’m known as an instigator, and have decided to put that talent to use here. Long-time lurker, (post-JC’s conversion), and I live in the NYmetro area. Let’s have a meet-up. If no FPers or top commenters are coming through town, let’s do one anyway.
@Adam L Silverman: Not at all. That was an amazing post/thread. Sorry I retired early last night, would have been great to follow in real time.
Thanks for posting this,,but I also found it on CSpan.
Damn, I forgot all about it. The phrase ‘Nerd Prom’ went right over my head.
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@RedDirtGirl: Email Anne Laurie, her contact stuff is on the top right side, and she’ll get the ball rolling for you.
@I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: It took me a while to remember that it was debated whether he was black enough starting in 2007, and he was asked that IIRC in an interview.
Villago Delenda Est
@patroclus: With our utterly worthless media, it’s strictly about the benjamins. All the time.
This species is doomed due to unchecked, rampant greed. No where is this more obvious than in our media, particularly the “news” side of things.
Villago Delenda Est
@bystander: Mike needs a fuckin’ tumbrel ride.
@opiejeanne: It’s such an insulting question, particularly when asked by mainstream (ie. white) interviewers and politicians. (Racist, actually).
The CNN video’s not showing up for me. The White House video showed up just fine.
@amk: Aww, *sweet*. I am gonna have to watch this, if I can get the feed to work.
Let’s not pretend that message struck home to any who needed to hear it. They weren’t reminded of anything, except possibly how tired they are of this sort of blunt-force racial comedy. Couple this with the trainwreck that was Chris Rock’s Oscars and I’m tired of it. I guarantee you any black person in that audience was at least as uncomfortable as the purported targets of the burn.
Villago Delenda Est
@Technocrat: As we learned in 2006, when Richard Cohen went public with his butthurt.
@Villago Delenda Est:
Basically. The ones who laughed at it, really didn’t need to hear it. And that sort of thing may actually move the needle for some who are introspective enough to think about the trhust of the message. It’s the ones who are all quietly pissed and confused that worry me. I have to work with those fuckers.
Anyway, my pearls are well-clutched. I was just surprised and irked. I’ll get over it.
ETA: Maybe I’ll get #BlackDiscomfortMatters trending on Twitter.
At the end of the ‘Couch Commander’ video, who was that woman walking down the hallway with Obama and Boehner?
@Technocrat: I though Chris Rock did a great job of being in your face (in a good way) at the Oscars, but still making them fun, says this middle-aged white woman.
Full disclosure: I fast forwarded through everything except Chris Rock and the In Memoriam part.
@Shell: I wondered that, too!
@Shell: Wasn’t she the lady at the DC DMV? Dunno. I’d have to watch it again.
He’d sorta undercut the message with the lame Asian jokes.
(And frankly, I’m tired of white people tired of these jokes. Try living on the other end of this crap).
Re Chris: I didn’t think it was poorly done, just overdone. Not his bit, as much as the way the show revolved around it. But that’s more personal taste than anything.
Do you have it recorded? I’d be curious about your opinion if you watched the entire thing.
Well thanks for speaking for all the black folks in the audience. The butt hurt feelings of white people should always come first, after all.
It’s my turn this week. Check the schedule.
@seaboogie: Hillary was in a concrete bunker ten miles away, watching a bank of closed-circuit television cameras.
And making notes of every bastard that dared laugh at her.
(in all seriousness, DAMN was that crowd afraid. Afraid of laughing at Hillary, afraid of laughing at Trump. I don’t know what they’re going to do for the general election. Is it really going to come down to who frightens the courtiers into bootlicking best? Gad.)
I think this was the most spot on joke of the night: “I also would like to acknowledge some of the award-winning reporters that we have with us here tonight: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schrieber. Thank you all for everything that you’ve done. I’m just joking, as you know Spotlight is a film, a movie about investigative journalist with the resources and the autonomy to chase down the truth and hold the powerful accountable. Best fantasy film since Star Wars.”
@Shell: I loved that part, though it was also a little disconcerting. Imagine if Obama and Boehner represent the departing faces of what we’ll know as the last WORKING government, walking off into the sunset with a collective ‘fuck it’ D:
@gwangung: Tremendously insulting.
Anyone else think POTUS gave Bernie “The Look” after his comrade remark?
Wow. Holy crap. Just finished it. I am going to miss this President.
ETA: Did he really get Boehner to come back and dish dirt?
@elftx: I saw that. We backed up the recording to have another look.
@Technocrat: It was recorded, but I deleted it as soon as I had fast-forward watched it. Pretty sure I also deleted it out of the “deleted shows” folder, too, so there’s no going back.
@elftx: Yeah, I think so. And I hope so. Hope that “hoping” didn’t make me think so. (huh?)
Just Some Fuckhead
@Technocrat: I watched Wilmore’s bit. It was pretty brutal watching joke after joke crash but people of color were laughing as the cameras panned over the audience and there was one or two people in the back (wait staff?) howling.
I thought Wilmore did as well as possible with the roast format and cold reception.
@Applejinx: They weren’t afraid. They were offended.
@Applejinx: @satby: The white house correspondents have no idea what their role is supposed to be. They have lost the plot.
@Just Some Fuckhead:
Yeah, well, I may be projecting. And Obama would have been a tough act for any comedian to follow. His timing and delivery are amazing.
@satby: Seemed afraid to me. For them to be offended, the jokes would have to be calling them out on a righteousness they’ve specifically chosen to abandon, and I think that’s a naive view. An entire room full of journalists conspired to suck and betray all their supposed principles, and are butthurt at being called on it?
I don’t think so. Hurt, yes, but I think they were afraid. There isn’t a politican left in the race that they dare laugh at. BOTH Trump and Hillary frighten them. They’re happy to laugh at Cruz but Cruz makes them feel everything is spinning out of control that this guy should be a finalist in President Idol. Both Trump and Clinton have their sides totally under control and the courtiers are afraid of both of them. Should Trump lose, their vengeance on him will be pretty brutal. He’ll be a living joke for the rest of his days, because it’ll be safe to do that. Until he loses, it’s very dangerous to cross him.
I’m sure a lot of them would disagree that’s what they did. Which would be why they were offended, even The UnRighteous have feelings.
$2500 haircuts tell you nothing useful about a candidate, but not wearing a tux, gosh what an asshole.
@Shell: Yeah, it’s “Kat” the DC DMV character, wearing a pair of Biden’s sunglasses.
I think the journalists in that room have a very different view than you or I do of what their principles should be, and I think they were offended that a mere politician or comedian would dare to lecture them about what their job is and how they should do it.
Remember, they had pretty much the same reaction to Colbert, and for the same reason — and that reason wasn’t that they were afraid of W.
JosieJ (not Josie)
They’re not afraid of Trump, they’re afraid of losing access to him. How else are they going to keep their ratings up so they can continue to go to all the best parties and rub elbows with those people they ought to be covering impartially?
I thought Wilmore was awesome, but the lady Buck thought the obvious butthurt of the crowd to be the most satisfying part. If anything he went light on them.
People who think appearance is important in a candidate think Bernie was a jerk for wearing a mismatched suit to an event? Gawd, why can’t those people be consistent and think appearance is important for everyone?
@Mnemosyne: this lookin’ presidential thing, how does it work?
What I like is that what started out as a $600 hair appointment has quadrupled to $2400 and a $100 tux rental is compared to it.
Hell I have owned 2 suits in my life. Have worn the last one I bought about 16 yrs ago about 3 times. And as stated here the other day bought my own tux for work. Not a suit/tie sort of person but do know that there is a time and place for it. This is one of those times.
Lots of inflation the last two months.