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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:54 am

Barbara Walters on Saddam Hussein:

Oh, I would do him for hours and hours and hours.

She’s actually talking about an interview.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/01/2005 at 07:29 PM
    1. She’s actually talking about an interview.

      Are you sure?

      Posted by TonyP on 2005 12 01 at 08:33 PM • permalink


    1. Bawbwa Wawtuhs finds a lot of weird people fascinating, as do we all.  But she tends to drool on them in syncophantic ecstasy, which most of us would not do.  For instance, judging from the number of times she mentioned him, she really wants to “do” Tom Cruise.

      And I’m not exactly talking interviews.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 12 01 at 09:39 PM • permalink


    1. A quick look at the rest of the text proves it all comes back to sex.  Time magazine is such a hussy.

      KING: Nobody infamous, so you won’t do like “Time” magazine did Hitler as man of the year once?

      WALTERS: No, no.

      KING: Someone who had a profound effect. You wouldn’t do Saddam Hussein?

      WALTERS: No.

      KING: But if he gave you the interview would you do him?

      WALTERS: Oh, I would do him for hours and hours and hours.

      KING: But not for “The Ten Most Fascinating People”?

      WALTERS: Oh, gee, Larry if he said “I will only”—if Saddam Hussein called me and said “Listen, Barbara, the only program I want to be on is ‘Ten Most Fascinating People,’” I’d say Saddam, OK. If that’s what you want.

      The makers of Viagra have a lot to pay for.

      Posted by stickit on 2005 12 01 at 09:43 PM • permalink


    1. Babbah Wawwah’s fawning over newsmaking human debris made her the object of satire almost 30 years ago. Nothing has changed, I see.

      Thanks for the laughs, Gilda, RIP.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 12 01 at 09:44 PM • permalink



      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 12 01 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. You knooow…if Barbra WaWa really did mean she wanted to “do” Saddam….someone should arrange it.

      Yes! Make him suffer a fate worse than death!!

      Posted by rinardman on 2005 12 01 at 10:36 PM • permalink


    1. WHY?
      Haven’t we heard all his incoherent blather ad nauseam???

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 01 at 10:41 PM • permalink


    1. Look, I agree that Saddam did some bad things, ok, very bad things.  But does he deserve “the Chinese Walter Torture”?

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 12 01 at 11:18 PM • permalink


    1. It’ll give him a chance to thank the protesters again.

      Posted by Gary on 2005 12 01 at 11:41 PM • permalink


    1. What a month for the poor guy.  First some court clerks beat him up, and now this…

      Posted by slammer on 2005 12 01 at 11:43 PM • permalink


    1. It could be worse—instead of Babah, it might have been THIS!  *Shudder*

      Posted by wadikitty on 2005 12 02 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. She would happily break whatever “rule” she had about not “doing” anyone infamous, like Hitler (or Saddam), as soon as he asked for an interview. She would put him in the 10 most fascinating people thing if he said he would only do the interview if he could be one of the ten. She has no pride whatever.

      Posted by ekw on 2005 12 02 at 12:15 AM • permalink


    1. wronwright — he deserves to be dragged the length of Iraq behind a HUMVEE until we either reach the gulf or pull in a stub of bloody rope, but let’s take what we can get…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 02 at 12:35 AM • permalink


    1. Will Ms. Walters tie Saddam to a chair and prop his eyes open like Alex in A Clockwork Orange.  Then he’ll have to watch The View on continuous loop.  She’ll also have arranged for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger to be palyed endlessly and at 100+ decibels.  He’ll crack.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2005 12 02 at 03:57 AM • permalink


    1. Richard Mc

      I think that’s a good punishment for him. I wonder if I could wiggle around the death penalty thing if, instead of an actual “death penalty,” there was the “Humvee Penalty.” It’s just an athletic event, see? All you have to do is keep up with the Humvee. And we won’t even drive it all that fast. Just keep up. That’s all. All the way across the country you raped, murdered, tortured, and pillaged. Fair enough? Feeling like you’re in tip top shape? Doing a bit of jogging in the Yard, eh? Good. Good for you, Saddy. OK. Rope feel comfortable? Great. Shoes feel right? Excellent!

      Let’s roll!

      Posted by ekw on 2005 12 02 at 04:01 AM • permalink


    1. Be fair. Barbra Walters is the closest thing to an actual woman that Saddam Hussein has seen for quite some time.

      Posted by lmbrjk on 2005 12 02 at 05:22 AM • permalink


    1. A good word to know

      conversation n 2: sexual intercourse

      Webster’s 7th New Collegiate Dictionary (1967)

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 12 02 at 08:10 AM • permalink


    1. “hours and hours and hours” of the sort of fawning, softball interviews our interepid mediarati reserve exclusively for tyrants and thugs like Castro and Saddam?

      No, thanks.

      The Western press is a paper tiger, all piss and vinegar at things like White House press conferences, where they snipe and sneer at the people who run the governments responsible for protecting their right to abuse the First Amendment.

      But put them in a room with a genuine totalitarian—not the John Ashcroft bogeymen of their imaginations—and they suck right up, like spineless apparatchiks.

      You know exactly what these toadies were like back in school—humoring or excusing the bully, ass-kissing the popular kids, trashing the nerds and snapping wet towels at teachers and administrators—in otherwords, spineless apparatchiks.

      Posted by cosmo on 2005 12 02 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Cosmo, you hit the nail on the head. Throw these asshats in with a Big Man in Africa, for instance, same thing. They forget their “tough questions” and fawn and fawn.

      Posted by ekw on 2005 12 02 at 06:01 PM • permalink


    1. Yes exactly, cosmo and ekw!!!
      We see that sort of thing all the time. Kerry O’Brien’s interview with controversial New Zealand First leader…a Maori…Winston Peters, was a perfect example.

      Posted by Brian on 2005 12 02 at 09:04 PM • permalink


    1. #18, 19, 20, I’ve got to agree with you guys there. Why is that whenever Saddam asserts that he’s still the President of Iraq, the ABC and SBS describe him as “defiant” and “appearing in charge” rather than simply “deluded” or “nuts”?

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 12 03 at 04:00 AM • permalink


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