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article imageJohn Lithgow reads Gingrich press release on 'Colbert Report'

By Michael Krebs     May 21, 2011 in Entertainment
Appearing on Comedy Central's 'Colbert Report,' actor John Lithgow gave a live reading of a recent press release issued by the troubled Newt Gingrich presidential campaign.
After a number of mis-steps by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the campaign issued a press release to help explain Mr. Gingrich's victories in the face of broad adversity nationwide.
Gingrich publicly apologized to Congressman Paul Ryan over "social engineering" comments Gingrich made on Ryan's national debt management solutions, as the Washington Post reported.
The exchange grabbed national attention and was followed by a story that detailed the $500,000 debt burden Mr. Gingrich carried in purchases from luxury retailer Tiffany's, according to CBS News.
The press release was picked up by Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" and was performed verbatim by Tony and Emmy winning actor John Lithgow in a live reading before a studio audience.
"The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding," Lithgow began, performing dramatically before an image of an American flag. "Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep, not wanting to be dropped from the establishment's cocktail party invite list, unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But, surely they had killed him off. This was the way it always worked."
Gingrich's presidential campaign has experienced a significant wave of defections, and many political observers are already assuming the Gingrich White House bid is all but dead.
"A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught," Lithgow continued. "But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich."
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