Thursday, July 17, 2008

Unmockable Barack

According to the comedians and producers interviewed at the NY times, Barack Obama has "nothing easy to turn to for an easy laugh."

The best Jon Stewart could come up with? "So far, our take is that he’s positioning himself to be on a coin."

After the bumbling ape we had as our last President, I'm looking forward to respecting the office again.

Or you could think like Maureen Dowd in the paper's Op-Ed section: "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?"

Because we never make fun of people trying too hard (Kerry's flip-flops, Hillary's... self, Edwards' hair for Chrissake).

Oh, and don't just rely on context cues here. I didn't know what stultifying meant when I read this. It sounds like it means something like "stifling". But it turns out to mean "proving to be of unsound mind, demonstrating incompetence, causing to appear foolish, depriving of strength or efficacy".

Dude, if Barack were trying too hard to be perfect, and ended up demonstrating his incompetence or appearing foolish because of it, Jon Stewart would be all over that. In fact I think that's happened once or twice with the last President. You watch TV lately?

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