Sykes, the featured entertainer at the annual press gala, raised right-wing hackles when she likened Limbaugh to a 9/11 hijacker strung out on Oxycontin.
"He just wants the country to fail," Sykes said of Limbaugh. "To me that's treason. He's not saying anything different than what Osama Bin Laden is saying. You might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. ... Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that's what he needs." (Watch a video clip of Sykes' Limbaugh joke, as well as the full video of Sykes' performance at the WHCD.)
Obama chuckled at the joke during the dinner, but the White House distanced Obama from the remark on Monday. "There are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I don't think there is any doubt that 9/11 is one of them." (Watch video clip)
Republicans haven't gotten this worked up about a comedy routine since Stephen Colbert tore President Bush apart at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner. (Limbaugh, for his part, had nothing to say to Sykes in return.)
But did Sykes really go over the line? What do you think?
Update: The Daily Show weighs in on the controversy by mocking talking heads for defending torture while decrying Wanda Sykes.
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