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Will Ferrell Reprises George W. Bush Impression at 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner'

"Journalism school is where you go so you can be a journalist. Or you could also post angry, racist Tweets until Breitbart hires you."

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    Will Ferrell shocked the crowd Saturday night when he revived his famous "Saturday Night Live" impression of former President George W. Bush during the taping of Bee's "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" special. The event was planned by the "Full Frontal" host to rival the traditional White House Corespondents' Dinner, which was also Saturday.

    At the taping, which was held at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., the funny man received a standing ovation from onlookers.

    "For the longest time I was considered the worst president of all time; that has changed," Ferrell, as Bush, said. "I needed eight years, a catastrophic flood, a war built on a lie and an economic disaster. The new guy only needed a hundred days."

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    Ferrell also went on to criticize the way Donald Trump handles the press, calling him a "snowflake" and a thin-skinned, "weak" man.

    "He can't even sit in the White House, he runs down to the Mar-a-Lago," which "sounds like a name from a Tom Clancy novel: The Hunt for Mar-a-Lago," the "SNL" veteran continued.

    Ferrell then proceeded to narrate a scene from a hypothetical book in which Trump discusses launching missiles as he eats a slice of chocolate cake from the comforts of his Floridian resort.

    He also took aim at journalists during his sketch.

    "Journalism school is where you go so you can be a journalist. Or you could also post angry, racist Tweets until Breitbart hires you," he said.

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    Ferrell wondered aloud why anyone would want to be a journalist, comparing them to passengers on the Titanic. He even had a warning for newspapers: "The iceberg is coming for you." 

    "You guys are hanging on to your journalistic integrity. Playing with violins until the ship goes down," Ferrell said. "You should see what they would do over at 'Fox and Friends.' Those guys are dressing up like women and children and stealing the lifeboats."