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    July 16, 2008
    Op-Ed Columnist
    May We Mock, Barack?

    By MAUREEN DOWD
    WASHINGTON

    When I interviewed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for Rolling Stone a couple years ago, I wondered what Barack Obama would mean for them.

    “It seems like a President Obama would be harder to make fun of than these guys,” I said.

    “Are you kidding me?” Stewart scoffed.

    Then he and Colbert both said at the same time: “His dad was a goat-herder!”

    When I noted that Obama, in his memoir, had revealed that he had done some pot, booze and “maybe a little blow,” the two comedians began riffing about the dapper senator’s familiarity with drug slang.

    Colbert: Wow, that’s a very street way of putting it. ‘A little blow.’

    Stewart: A little bit of the white rabbit.

    Colbert: ‘Yeah, I packed a cocktail straw of cocaine and had a prostitute blow it in my ear, but that is all I did. High-fivin.’ ’

    Flash forward to the kerfuffle — and Obama’s icy reaction — over this week’s New Yorker cover parodying fears about the Obamas.

    “We’ve already scratched thrift, candor and brevity off the list of virtues in this presidential cycle, so why not eliminate humor, too?” wrote James Rainey in The Los Angeles Times, suggesting “an irony deficiency” in Obama and his fans.

    Many of the late-night comics and their writers — nearly all white — now admit to The New York Times’s Bill Carter that because of race and because there is nothing “buffoonish” about Obama — and because many in their audiences are intoxicated by him and resistant to seeing him skewered — he has not been flayed by the sort of ridicule that diminished Dukakis, Gore and Kerry.

    “There’s a weird reverse racism going on,” Jimmy Kimmel said.
    Carter also observed that there’s no easy comedic “take” on Obama, “like allegations of Bill Clinton’s womanizing, or President Bush’s goofy bumbling or Al Gore’s robotic personality.”

    At first blush, it would seem to be a positive for Obama that he is hard to mock. But on second thought, is it another sign that he’s trying so hard to be perfect that it’s stultifying? Or that eight years of W. and Cheney have robbed Democratic voters of their sense of humor?

    Certainly, as the potential first black president, and as a contender with tender experience, Obama must feel under strain to be serious.

    But he does not want the “take” on him to become that he’s so tightly wrapped, overcalculated and circumspect that he can’t even allow anyone to make jokes about him, and that his supporters are so evangelical and eager for a champion to rescue America that their response to any razzing is a sanctimonious: Don’t mess with our messiah!

    If Obama keeps being stingy with his quips and smiles, and if the dominant perception of him is that you can’t make jokes about him, it might infect his campaign with an airless quality. His humorlessness could spark humor.

    On Tuesday, Andy Borowitz satirized on that subject. He said that Obama, sympathetic to comics’ attempts to find jokes to make about him, had put out a list of official ones, including this:

    “A traveling salesman knocks on the door of a farmhouse, and much to his surprise, Barack Obama answers the door. The salesman says, ‘I was expecting the farmer’s daughter.’ Barack Obama replies, ‘She’s not here. The farm was foreclosed on because of subprime loans that are making a mockery of the American dream.’ ”

    John McCain’s Don Rickles routines — “Thanks for the question, you little jerk” — can fall flat. But he seems like a guy who can be teased harmlessly. If Obama offers only eat-your-arugula chiding and chilly earnestness, he becomes an otherworldly type, not the regular guy he needs to be.

    He’s already in danger of seeming too prissy about food — a perception heightened when The Wall Street Journal reported that the planners for Obama’s convention have hired the first-ever Director of Greening, the environmental activist Andrea Robinson. She in turn hired an Official Carbon Adviser to “measure the greenhouse-gas emissions of every placard, every plane trip, every appetizer prepared and every coffee cup tossed.”

    The “lean ‘n’ green” catering guidelines, The Journal said, bar fried food and instruct that, “on the theory that nutritious food is more vibrant, each meal should include ‘at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white.’ (Garnishes don’t count.) At least 70% of the ingredients should be organic or grown locally, to minimize emissions from fuel during transportation.”

    Bring it on, Ozone Democrats! Because if Obama gets elected and there is nothing funny about him, it won’t be the economy that’s depressed. It will be the rest of us.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/op...nt&oref=slogin

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    I'm ashamed of the lack of balls all the late night guys are showing.

    Can u imagine what he'll do to the POTUS Limo?


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    a nation of pussies....


    Here in PC America no one wants to be called a racist, and they're afraid to joke about Obama....

    we've become a country full of humorless assholes
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    why not, mock his sorry ass. it shouldn't stop anybody of his color

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    Fuck Obama and his purple lips.

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    Of course people can mock Obama. He's a politician and he's probably going to be the next president. So, that alone leaves him open for mocking. Hell, Mad Tv did some great skits on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snuffy View Post
    I'm ashamed of the lack of balls all the late night guys are showing.

    Can u imagine what he'll do to the POTUS Limo?

    WOW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    a nation of pussies....


    Here in PC America no one wants to be called a racist, and they're afraid to joke about Obama....

    we've become a country full of humorless assholes
    100% correct.

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    is strong enough to take everything you have. ~Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdgirl View Post
    100% correct.
    ITA as well. It is so tiresome to be PC all the time.
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    Well, I guess I am a no sense of humor having pussy..because some of this shit isn't funny, and it's offensive.
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    Maureen is a bimbo. She's talented, but she has no depth.

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    In my opinion we should mock all politicians, they're paid liars and they promise us the world without following through. However some are much worse than others. It's just so easy to mock people like Bush and Cheney.

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    I think we can mock the fuck out of everyone; it's just important that it is actually done with some intelligence and is actually mocking satire and not offensive bullshit.
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    ^ITA. Politicians are open to being mocked-they know exactly what's in store for them. There are plenty of innocent jokes that can be made about all of them, including Obama.
    Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.

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    All politicians are fair game. Humor is fine. Some people just happen to use it as a smokescreen for gender, class, or race issues they have.

    I talk about Obama and McCain. So?



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