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Posted on 03/24/2009 4:37:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
Last year during the presidential campaign, some comedians explained the reason there were so many more jokes being made on television about John McCain than Barack Obama was because nothing about Obama was funny. The One was a bit too perfect and free of flaws to provide much fodder for joke writers.
Never mind that he had said there were 57 states. Or that he frequently stammered through sections of speeches when his teleprompter malfunctioned. Or any of the other mistakes he made. Most of them received little media coverage and even less ridicule from comics.
The New York Times even looked into the matter and ran a piece on it. In it Mike Sweeney, the head writer for Conan O'Brien on "Late Night," said the jokes would come as soon as Obama said or did something that defines him in comedy terms, but then admitted another reason Obama was not being made the butt of late night jokes. A lot of people are excited about his candidacy," Sweeney said. It's almost like: Hey, don't go after this guy. He's a fresh face; cut him some slack. Mike Barry, who writes for David Letterman said, The thing is, he's not buffoonish in any way. He's not a comical figure.
Some comedians even talked about a comedy recession. Jon Stewart said, I agree that Barrack Obama is a good for America and for the world. The problem for us comedians is, hes just not that funny Hes smart, a great leader and he has squeaky clean wholesome image. But what are we supposed to make fun of? His ears? Im scared.
Many of the jokes that were told about Obama did not target Obama or any of his mistakes, but rather played off his greatness or targeted President Bush or Republicans in comparison to the near perfect Obama.
While many television comedians were blind to the gaffes candidate Obama made, they surely have to see that President Obama is providing plenty of fodder for late night comedy writers today. Those on conservative blogs have certainly not had any trouble finding comedy material before or after the election.
During the campaign there were several occasions when Obamas teleprompter malfunctioned, resulting in an eruption of uhs, ers and ahs. Obamas recent Special Olympics comment on Jay Lenos show highlighted the foot-in-mouth problem he often has when he goes off script. Bloggers have used Obamas Teleprompter (aka TOTUS -- Teleprompter of the United States) as the inspiration for some funny stuff. During the campaign, Iowahawk created a video in which Obamas teleprompter revolted and threatened to malfunction if certain demands were not met, including being provided with a new tuffbox case with the velvet egg crate padded lining. As President, Obama has continued to rely on TOTUS even more. Recently Caleb Howe at Redstate and the blog The Right Scoop (among others) inserted TOTUS into Photoshopped pictures of Obama in various stages of life including photos of him as a toddler, as a high school basketball player and even in the famous abs photo of Obama on the beach. Many on the right now refer to TOTUS as President Obamas BFF (best friend forever).
Those on the right are no longer the only ones finding Obama humor. Late night comedians are now making more jokes about President Obama than they did candidate Obama, but he has yet to get the full out Bush treatment and probably never will. As this David Letterman joke shows, hes still their guy: How about President Barack Obama's first primetime press conference last night? He was cogent, eloquent, and in complete command of the issues. I'm thinking to myself, what the hell am I supposed to do with that?
Maybe comedians have had so much trouble laughing at Obama because he has had a bit of trouble laughing at himself. In August, J. Peter Freire wrote of candidate Obamas humor, Obama is not a threat to the Republic because of his radical politics. Rather, his humor is the more clear and present danger. He's as funny as a laser guided toothache. The problem isn't that Obama attempts jokes now and again that don't come off. The problem is that his humor is completely chilly. His repertoire is an awkward collection of self-conscious half jokes. And whenever he thinks on his feet to come up with a quick retort, the results are decidedly sub-sub-par Generally speaking, there are two themes for Obama jokes: I'm Great, and I'm Only Pretty Great.
After spending the first two months of his presidency forecasting doom and gloom, President Obama has been yukking it up lately. As the first sitting president ever to appear on the Tonight show with Jay Leno, he came up with this gem when Leno asked about the White House bowling alley. I have been practicing I bowled a 129. The audience laughed and Leno replied thats very good, Mr. President. Then Obama added his own little punch line saying, Its like - it was like Special Olympics, or something. Unfortunately when he decided to go the self-deprecating humor route, which is generally the most effective, the result was to unwittingly make a joke about people with disabilities.
This weekend on 60 Minutes Steve Kroft asked Obama if he was punch drunk because he seemed to literally be laughing out loud about the troubles the country is facing.
You're sitting here. And you're you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, I mean, he's sitting there just making jokes about money How do you deal with I mean: explain. . . Kroft asked him, Are you punch-drunk?
Laughing, Obama replied, No, no. There's gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day.
Aint that the truth? I know exactly how he feels. Ever since the election Ive needed gallows humor to get me through the day, too.
My exact thought when I saw him on 60 minutes was that he was high. I still think it. I taped it and made my wife watch and she agreed.
“Hes smart, a great leader and he has squeaky clean wholesome image.”
Liebowitz is lying/delusional/ignorant of the truth.
Odumbo is an admitted drug user, has refused to divulge his personal, school, birth and medical records, spent 20 years in a racist church, and is an unmitigated liar.
A black Eddie Haskle.
Does Obama really think HE is a victim?
Only sociopaths impose gallows humor on the very people they are abusing.
According to Wikipedia gallows humor is a type of humor that arises from stressful, traumatic, or life-threatening situations; often in circumstances such that death is perceived as impending and unavoidable. It is similar to black comedy
What got me was that Kroft did not ask him, or mention to him that we did have another terrorist attack since 9/11 and the idiot wants to close down Guantanamo Bay and release the terrorists here in the States
We have watched the 60 minutes Obama giggle and we believe you’re right about his being “high.” Obama’s giggle appeared to be uncontrollable......much like the dope heads around us....
Where the heck is my breathalyzer?
Good point! That's exactly what bothered me about that arrogant laugh that says "I know something you dumb asses will never know until it's too late". We're in for a really rough four years! I hope we make it.
Re: the current, chuckling President....(akin to fiddling while America burns)...
I have my own version of “gallows humor”.....but unfortunately, I must keep it to myself. I don’t think the SS would find it very funny.
" Well hello Mr. and Mrs. America, your looking very well today."
****I don’t see how it would be possible for a constantly-watched president to get stoned.*****
The same way a constantly watched President gets serviced in the White House by an intern.
Many of who voted for him were also afraid of being called racist if they did not vote for him, which I think was ridiculous. Why should I vote for some liberal, who also happens to be a Marxist?
It could be that Kroft thought he was “high” which prompted the question “are you punch drunk?”
He is indeed, but he is also like the piper of Hamlin who could fool the citizen of Hamlin to let their children follow him, after he promised them to make the rats leave the town
“Odumbo is an admitted drug user, has refused to divulge his personal, school, birth and medical records, spent 20 years in a racist church, and is an unmitigated liar.”
I agree 100%. I think the “0bama” or “0” tag is the best. Doonesbury lampooned Bush as a “shrub” but compared with 0, W has 100 times the substance.
In fact, that’s a good point. C’mon Trudeau, let’s see you really nail 0bama for his many flip-flops and hypocrisies! You know, like “”We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times” versus (quoting Fox News) ‘he [0bama] “likes it warm” in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. “You could grow orchids in there,” he told the New York Times.’ Rumor is the thermostat is over eighty degrees.
What of it, Trudeau? Didn’t think so...
He’s the President. If he wants some marijuana, he’ll have somebody get it for him, and the secret service will either wink at it or become jobless.
It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one made physically ill by 0’s policies.