It’s OK To Laugh At Him (Obama)

16 Jul

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The New York Times’ Bill Carter has an interesting article about the challenges comedians are having finding a comic frame for Obama–or really making fun of him in any way. 

When Mr. Stewart on “The Daily Show” recently tried to joke about Mr. Obama changing his position on campaign financing, for instance, he met with such obvious resistance from the audience, he said, “You know, you’re allowed to laugh at him.” Mr. Stewart said in a telephone interview on Monday, “People have a tendency to react as far as their ideology allows them.”

Jokes have been made about what Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton really thought about Mr. Obama during the primaries, and about the vulgar comments the Rev. Jesse Jackson made about him last week. But anything approaching a joke about Mr. Obama himself has fallen flat.

Despite audience resistance, Mr. Stewart contended, his show had been able to develop a distinctive angle on Mr. Obama.

Noting that the senator seems to emphasize the historic nature of his quest, Mr. Stewart said, “So far, our take is that he’s positioning himself to be on a coin.”

 The New Yorker cover controversy sparked debate as to what is or is not funny. As a result, the comedic force field around Obama is now losing its deflective power. 

The Obama supporters don’t like it when Jon Stewart jokes about Obama. The Huffington Post ran the following warning to the Daily Show: “The producers should be careful when poking fun at Obama not to provide fuel for the right-wing slime machine.”

It’s a joke people. Get a sense of humor.

To heed a Huff Post warning would mean the Obamabots win. We can’t have that – so enjoy!

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2 Responses to “It’s OK To Laugh At Him (Obama)”

  1. Bizmark July 16, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    “Indecision 5768″ is by far the funniest Daily Show clip. It has a bit of everything. Obama wearing a flag suit with a man pin is my favorite. check it out:
    http://comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=171492

  2. Sarah July 16, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    Sorry all, but the BEST Daily Show clip has to be:
    http://www.comedycentral.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=171493

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