Check out this fantastic review of Colbert's performance, including this: "It was perhaps the first time in Bush's tenure that the president was forced to sit and listen to any American cite the litany of criminal and corruption allegations that have piled up against his administration."
Sidney Blumenthal says Stephen Colbert delivered the "most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps," so it's not surprising his routine was met by silence by the journalists in the room.
The elite of the nation's political reporters gather at the 121-year-old club to poke fun at administration figures. Bush headlines the event, which focuses on Cheney's hunting accident. Call us crazy, but we've always felt uneasy about the press yukking it up with their sources like this. It's hard to be a watchdog when you're cozying up with the people you're supposed to be watching.