Here’s Don performing at Ronald Reagan’s 2nd inaugural in 1985. The fact that I was surprised while watching it that nobody jumped on stage and slapped him says a lot about where we are in our current comedy culture, which is a very sad place indeed. That Rickles was free to be this out of control insulting and that the President and the First Lady (and I guess most everyone else there) appreciated his candor(Rickles humor was ultimately based on the truth of his observations) is a throwback to another era, probably one that we’ll never return to,.


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