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Dana Carvey Smashes Alec Baldwin With Statement on Pres. Bush’s Death

Both men have impersonated presidents on “Saturday Night Live.” But one did so with respect, the other does so with animosity.

Actor and comedian Dana Carvey, who played former President George H.W. Bush on the NBC comedy sketch show, actually had a friendly relationship with Bush in real life. The same cannot be said of actor Alec Baldwin, who impersonates President Donald Trump on “SNL.”

In the wake of Bush’s death, Carvey released a statement to MSNBC about the man he got to know in real life — a man with whom he did charity events and exchanged letters after Bush left the presidency. And it was a lesson for Baldwin and every Trump-hater in the entertainment world about how Americans treat a president.

Carvey said, “It was an honor and a privilege to know and spend time with George H.W. Bush for over 25 years. When I think of those times, what I remember most is how hard we would laugh. I will miss my friend.”

One of the most amazing events featuring both men was during a Christmas celebration at the White House in which Bush personally invited Carvey to perform with his impersonation of him.

Although Carvey seemed a bit uncomfortable about it at first, Bush laughed the whole time and when invited up to the podium by Carvey, showed his own sense of humor and grace. He had words of high praise for Carvey.

Contrast that with what we see of how Baldwin speaks about Trump.

Even the way Baldwin approaches impersonating Trump is a far cry from the good-natured, fun way Carvey impersonated Bush. Carvey’s impersonation and friendship with Bush for so many years is a huge slap in the face to hateful Hollywood.

Here is a tweet with a clip of Carvey impersonating Bush. Note the type of humor and tone used.

Now compare that to a clip of Baldwin impersonating Trump. Note in this one, too, the type of humor and tone used.

The resulting friendship Carvey and Bush shared shows how a professional entertainer can produce true comedy, have good-natured fun, and still be respectful of the president.

The way Bush laughed at himself and befriended the man who regularly poked fun at him on television also sets a clear example of how to have grace and class. But the style of Carvey’s humor — comic without being personally insulting — made that kind of reaction possible.

And that, the good-natured comedy, the respect, the class, and the grace, are all things we could use more of in politics.

Hollywood could learn a strong lesson from one of their own about how to do that.



  1. DazzleMe

    December 3, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Hollyweirdos have no respect for anyone!!!

  2. DeeAnn

    December 3, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Hollyweirdos have respect for no one!

  3. william Souther

    December 3, 2018 at 2:33 am

    This made me smile. As did Brit Humes special that revealed and shared Bush’s innermost tape-recorded thoughts while in office. It truly humanized the man i grew up knowing, really, so little about on a personal level. I’m so glad that at age 50 i can say i grew up in an era where the likes of Carvey, and others before him like Jay Leno, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope…who’s political humor was always just sharp, yet good-natured teasing. It’s truly astonishing what today’s so-called “comedians” have devolved into. I used to love late night TV…grew up with David Letterman…it was a staple in my TV diet. As was SNL. Now!? I won’t even dare TRY to watch any of them. It’s just offensive, insulting to someone (me) who is interested in being entertained…not indoctrinated into sharing their political views…or simply their angst.

    • Kathy Long

      December 3, 2018 at 6:40 am

      You are so very right. SNL is not watched like it use to be.They are not funny anymore.And Alec Baldwin is hard to stomach anymore. He looks like he needs to shower and shave half the time. He is rude and needs to go away. He thinks he is so much better and talked to his daughter like she was a dog. I hope you go straight to hell Alec Baldwin

    • Dennis Bankston

      December 3, 2018 at 8:23 am

      I’m right there with you Mr. Souther! I haven’t been able to watch late night television in quite some time. Actually, I can’t even watch the previews of upcoming shows without changing the channel. It’s disgusting what has become of “entertainment” for a hard working American to try to find a few moments of piece and escape from the daily grind. Network television needs to get a handle on this situation or like the NFL expect to find the halls of customers echoing with silence.

    • LuzianagalLuzi

      December 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      My late night show watching ended with Letterman! He absolutely bashed Bush for his entire show & Colbert has continued with Trump bashing! SMDH!!

  4. MReeves

    December 3, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Alex Baldwine is a piece of chit and funny as a vulture.

  5. Greg

    December 3, 2018 at 3:01 am

    The differences between Carvey n Baldwin CARVEY HAS CLASS N Respect
    Baldwin has neither he uses Trump as a punchline because he’s All dried up inside n filled with so much hate that will make him sick n die from it

  6. ELENA

    December 3, 2018 at 3:40 am


  7. Alice

    December 3, 2018 at 4:30 am

    I’ll never understand why liberals choose to be mean, jealous, violent, disturbed people. There is no excuse for their divisive actions.

  8. Dragonfly43

    December 3, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Baldwin is a no-talent piece of crap! Love Dana Carvey and always have!

  9. John D Cole

    December 3, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Let’s see George Bush was head of the CIA and President in his lifetime and Alec Baldwin is a hateful liberal wife beater not exactly a good comparison between the two.

  10. Pattie

    December 3, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Yes Dana Carvey was a good comedian. Comedians today have morphed into demons.

  11. pat

    December 3, 2018 at 8:54 am

    The difference between class-Carvey and no class- Baldwin

  12. Rob

    December 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    The same goes with late-nite tv, Johnny Carson made respectful fun of the POTUS, but what we have today is the hosts spewing their political rhetoric and making political statements and are irreverent about the whole matter.

  13. Marilynne Caldwell

    December 6, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Anybody who believes anything the democrats say seriously need to see a psych doc.
    They really are lead like a power overtheir control. Lead like sheep and controlled.

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