Dave Chappelle: Next White House Press Secretary?

chappelle_072007.jpgNow that Dave Chappelle is out of the hospital, he wants to be the new White House Press Secretary. CNN’s Ed Henry ran into Chappelle just as he was being interrogated by the Secret Service. Henry’s take on the encounter:

“Chappelle looked healthy in a pair of black athletic pants and matching polo shirt. But there was a solitary cigarette with a lighter cupped delicately in his left hand as he walked casually, politely stopping at one point so that he did not step in the way of a tourist snapping a photo of her family in front of the North Portico of the White House.

I asked what he was doing in Washington. “I’m just taking a stroll from Georgetown to the Hill,” he said, reminding me that he hails from Washington, his time in the city being one of the funnier riffs on his show.” […]

Since Chappelle made international headlines in 2005 by essentially disappearing for awhile under strange circumstances — and walking away from a $50 million deal to continue his show on Comedy Central — I asked what he’s doing next.

“I want your job,” he said, explaining that it’s fun to watch reporters go back-and-forth with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.

“Or maybe I’ll take Tony Snow’s job,” Chappelle smiled. “I think that’s a cool job.”

This follows on other reports of erratic behavior from Chappelle.


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