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Dana Carvey Schooled Alec Baldwin, Leftists on How To Treat a President

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Both Dana Carvey and Alec Baldwin have both done impressions of presidents on “Saturday Night Live,” but one did so with respect, while the other does so with animosity.

Actor and comedian 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 does an impression of 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.



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“It was an honor and a privilege to know and spend time with George H.W. Bush for over 25 years,” Carvey said. “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 impression 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 how Baldwin speaks about Trump.

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

Note the type of humor and tone used in this clip of Carvey doing his impression of Bush.

Now compare that to a clip of Baldwin’s impression of 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.

Do you think Dana Carvey's style of presidential impressions is better than Alec Baldwin's?

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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