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  WHITEHOUSE.ORG  

WHITEHOUSE.ORG was a long-running political parody website I produced & edited during two separate tenures spanning vastly different political and internet realities.

The Bush Era: 2001-2009

During the slow-motion train wreck that was the George W. Bush Administration, we entertained millions of people per month, sold a ton of silly swag, published a spin-off book with Penguin USA, staged a critically-acclaimed off-Broadway play, and (best of all) invoked the wrath of Dick Cheney himself. Good times.

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“Hilarious” – The New York Times

“In” – Vanity Fair

“Spot on” – BBC

“Hysterical… Searing political parody” – CNN

“Brilliantly ham-fisted” – TIME

“Scathing… Wickedly funny” – Detroit Metro Times

“Offensive, irreverent… bitingly funny.” – Orlando Sentinal

“The jury's out on Wooden’s ability to make anyone laugh.” – New York Post

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Alas, the satire was sometimes lost on the humor-impaired...

...and yet somehow not on the actual White House Press Secretary:

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(When Ari Fleischer’s Target.com wedding registry leaked, I couldn’t resist sending the happy couple a little something.)

Dear Dubya – The Play

“Dear Dubya” is an off-Broadway play I wrote in 2005, based on thousands of emails written to George W. Bush by the general public that were accidentally sent to WHITEHOUSE.ORG.

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“A minor triumph” – The New York Times

“Go to laugh; stay to weep.” – TimeOut NY

“Powerful” – NYTheatre.com

“Disturbing… quite funny” – Theatremania

“Potential Cult Hit” – Ben Brantley, NYT

The Trump Era: 2017-2018

In 2017, I rebooted WHITEHOUSE.ORG with the original writing team after an eight-year hiatus. Sadly, with the internet having grown so toxically post-reality, and Donald J. Trump already being a grotesque parody, we soon concluded he couldn’t be satirized without treading in waters too putrid for even our vile tastes. So we walked away. Alas, irony died so… ironically.

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