Amusing covers a multitude of sins.
"Do you think that was what got you off to a bad start with the press corps?"
'I'm kidding, of course.
If you do, you're probably wondering how we got here with Spicer using one of the year's biggest awards shows as a launch pad to gradual acceptance in the American media.
The 69th Primetime Emmys on Sunday night featured a lot of President Donald Trump-bashing, whether it came from the punchlines of host Stephen Colbert's jokes or the award-winners themselves. They came up with a concept, and I thought it was kinda amusing. Namely, that this was no laughing matter.
Understandably, not a lot of people found it amusing that a man who lied numerous times to journalists on behalf of President Donald Trump was made a guest of honour at the Emmys - not least Jason Isaacs, who called Spicer a "giant festering abscess".
The incident was an early indication that this White House would not be bound by fact. Just as Trump must embellish crowd sizes, Spicer must maximize impressions of his own height-or else be forced to recede into the bushes.
Which is why I was shocked when I saw this headline: "Angry Viewers Are In No Mood To Laugh At Sean Spicer's Emmy Jokes".
Then the photo of Corden kissing Spicer on the cheek flashed across the screen.
One wonders what, exactly, we are supposed to do with that. Except for that one time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Among the surprising things the Harry Potter series actor noted was Spicer's stature: "He comes about up to my nipples". He should be left to rot in obscurity - to sink far into the bushes, if you will - for his compliance in what our current administration is trying to achieve. In other fun news, Sean Spicer once denied that Hitler used chemical weapons while serving in an official capacity as White House press secretary (Hitler gassed millions of Jews at his "Holocaust centers", as Spicer would refer to them). We have to make sure spreading false information never becomes normal. It feels bereft of principle.
Maybe, ultimately, the joke is on us. Call him a stooge, but do not absolve him for "just doing his job". "In truth, I'm disappointed by it as well", he continued. Sean Spicer, meanwhile, two months removed from public humiliation, hasn't had to rely on "wingnut welfare" - he's finding quite a bit of mainstream success. And yes, amusing does, cover a multitude of sins.