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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.”

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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.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Ray

    December 4, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Baldwin is just a complete no talent Jackass who nobody cares about look at the ratings of his talk show

  2. Smokey

    December 4, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Dana is a class act and always has been. Baldwin is a POS and always has been.

  3. Grace Joy

    December 4, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Alec’s tweets are proof Dems are insane: “The United States has a National Socialist tumor in its body & it is growing day by day. This alone should compel you to do everything in your power to get rid of Trump.”

    It’s the Dems who are voting “socialists” into office. Liberals just can’t stop Lying & projecting their Evil onto conservatives.

  4. Marlene deRonde

    December 4, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I feel it’s extremely disrespectful for anyone to talk negatively about a United States President. What is going on now has nothing to do with President Trump. It shows the lack of respect, acceptance, and tolerance for another person, therefore, it is how one feels towards others and these people are acting out. Not every person in this country was happy with President Obama. He was put into office by the secret cabal. And, it by his presidency that gave minorities who are mostly demoncrats a loud voice. Yes, there is such a group as the cabal and it is based in Britain. The Rothschild’s and Rockefeller’s are in control of many. Even Facebook as Zuckerberg is Rockefeller’s grandson . . . Spying on all of us.

  5. Mark Gassino

    December 4, 2018 at 4:13 am

    What is the Left really against? It certainly can’t be extreme hate, disrespect, or vulgarity, because that is what now defines them.

  6. Joy Db

    December 4, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I’m hoping that Carvey will make a surprise appearance at Bush’s funeral this week and remind us all what fun that special relationship was and how we all could enjoy the fun without any nastiness!

  7. Q

    December 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    This drunken fool and class have nothing to do with each other.

  8. Robert LaRue

    December 4, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Actually, the Trump sketch could have been very funny if the President had been played by a REAL comedian. But Alec Baldwin, being a professional jerk, isn’t at all funny and gets a zero-minus from me.

  9. James Kelly

    December 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Baldwin has no skill, honor, class or manners; other than than he is a complete waste.

    • FAST EDDIE

      December 6, 2018 at 6:32 am

      You forgot, dumb as a brick.

  10. Ariel

    December 5, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Hollywood celebrities like Alec Baldwin & Alyssa Milano are just gutter people with a lot of money. They have one skill – pretending to be other people – but have no character or class of their own. Their lack of education leaves them with nothing but disdain and hatred for anyone who has accomplished great things in life. They mindlessly mouth the sentiment-du-jour of their peer group. If they didn’t have money, they’d be on the street yelling at cars.

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