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Did anyone else find Seth Meyers' remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner to be hilarious? My favorite joke, believe it or not, was about Osama bin Laden. If you don't have time to watch the whole video, well, first of all, make time. Second of all, the relevant portion comes at 2:15 into the clip (but watch from the beginning to get the context).

Given the big setup with the birth certificate jokes being rendered unusable, I thought the OBL bit especially interesting in retrospect. President Obama gives a big laugh, but you have to wonder what he knew at the time.

The response here in the UAE seems to be along the lines of what governments around the world are expressing, though of course nobody is chanting "USA!" in the streets.

It will be interesting to hear the details of how it all went down, and if we're lucky, maybe Mark Bowden will write a book about it. If that seems like a callous remark to make at a time like this, well, I don't know what to think. On the one hand, I don't want to gloat at someone's death. On the other, dude was a bad, bad guy. You know what I mean?

Time to shape up

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