Video: Dana Carvey goofs on Obama, sort of

posted at 9:25 pm on March 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

A Friday night palate cleanser courtesy of Foreign Object Damage. The political stuff starts with around 2:25 to go. As always among professional comedians, the Obama gags are essentially flattering and are duly atoned for with Bush/Republican jokes, but even so, Carvey does get in a nice jab at Obama’s sometimes off-putting “professorial” dispassion. Dee Dee Myers touched on something similar — gently, natch — in an op-ed for Politico today:

Too often, Obama leaves the impression that he stands alone — and likes it that way. Clinton was fond of saying, “We’re all going up or down together.” Obama must make sure that people know that he needs their help as much as they need his.

In the past few weeks, Obama has increased his travel outside Washington. That’s a good move. He also needs to get out from behind the lectern and the teleprompter. Now, I have no problem with his using the ’prompter. He is more the architect of his speeches than any president since Abraham Lincoln. But Obama has become too dependent on formal speeches and set town halls. His idea of mixing it up is taking off his jacket…

In other words, people want to have a beer with him. They’re just not sure he wants to have a beer with them.

Pretty much. If you’re hungry for more Carvey, I enjoyed his and Ferrell’s goof on Bush pere and fils today at FOD, but commenters in Headlines were less amused. Tough crowd!


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I heart Dana Carvey. No one is as funny and great with impressions as he is. Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon, and Dennis Miller are tops in the SNL block. No one comes close.

cubachi on March 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I wouldn’t have a beer with that jerk.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Bush was in office for two weeks when the comedians started in on him, PBHO’s been in office for over a year and it’s still all about the Dubya.

Brave, brave Sir Robin, all of them.

Bishop on March 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/

I still want to know where they got their venture capital from… there was a very mysterious press release sent out a long time ago right when they got started…

ninjapirate on March 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM

It’s Friday. After the evening news deadline.

And I know Dana Carvey isn’t the Friday night “Document Dump”, so when’s it going to happen???

What terrible news are we about to receive from our esteemed government?

GoldenEagle4444 on March 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Wow…AllahP thanks for reminding me why I don’t own a TV..That was so incredibly stupid.

daesleeper on March 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Garth, Party On!

Kini on March 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Barry does “stand alone” as the biggest liar and narcissist to ever disgrace the presidency. Who, except for Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Chrissy McTingle, and Olbie would actually want to have a beer with him?

anXdem on March 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I love Dana Carvey!! Thanks for this clip!!

OT: Stephen Crowder doing a dispatch for Hannity? Has joined Fox? And whatever happened to Alfonzo?

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I would post the 2nd one also (from Jay). He does Gore and calls him…well you should just watch it.

It just goes to show the utter fail of Funny or Die was not because Carvey was dragging them down. He always makes me laugh.

Spirit of 1776 on March 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

oh and btw, I’ve heard Carvey rip on Teh One on Dennis Miller’s radio show.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

He’s as delusional as Tom Hanks. He’s just funnier at it.

AubieJon on March 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

That was not goofing on Obama.

terryannonline on March 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Just wait until pop culture realizes Obama’s incompetent

orfannkyl on March 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Eh, better than Fred what-his-face will ever do!

abobo on March 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM

He’s as delusional as Tom Hanks.

Absolutely no way.

You should hear him with Miller and maybe your opinion would be changed. He is hitting Obama here by making the audience think he is flattering him. It’s good stuff, imo.

Spirit of 1776 on March 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Absolutely no way.

You should hear him with Miller and maybe your opinion would be changed. He is hitting Obama here by making the audience think he is flattering him. It’s good stuff, imo.

Spirit of 1776 on March 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

It’s a natural, visceral reaction to anyone even pretending to compliment the Imposter in Chief.

AubieJon on March 12, 2010 at 9:45 PM

All you need to know about that audience…listen to their reaction when he says “Kim Kardashian fans..” A bunch of applause and screams. Yes, our society is in a downward spiral. A no talent, sex tape having, whore is apparently what people are entertained by these days. God help us. Im starting to think, maybe we do deserve Obama. Maybe we do deserve to go down a bad road. Look at our society and look who the heroes are of so many pathetic souls in this country. Its no wonder the world is the way it is and the country is the way it is.

bucsox79 on March 12, 2010 at 9:46 PM

bucsox79 on March 12, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Before you know it the ACLU is teaming up with a high school lesbian!

daesleeper on March 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Absolutely no way.

You should hear him with Miller and maybe your opinion would be changed. He is hitting Obama here by making the audience think he is flattering him. It’s good stuff, imo.

Spirit of 1776 on March 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Exactly. Carvey is great. When he’s on Dennis Miller’s show, he talks fondly about George H. W. Bush and GWB. He’s a lefty, but he’s not insulting nor as bad as Bill Maher or Kathy Griffin.

cubachi on March 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

“We believe you should start the process of dismanteling this barrier”

No, he would’ve said “I believe you could make this wall more impenetrable.”

Tony737 on March 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Carvey’s impersonations were pretty weak, for him.

Keenan from MadTV blows Dana away doing impressions of Barry (and better at Barry doing Coz and Marvin than Barry).

Christien on March 12, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Wow…AllahP thanks for reminding me why I don’t own a TV..That was so incredibly stupid.

daesleeper on March 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Allah is trying to distract everyone from this:

Hmmm.

NY Times: Bookstores Reported Receiving Bulk Orders for Mitt Romney’s New Book (Update: Political Wire Also Reports This Story)

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/03/ny-times-bookstores-reported-receiving.html

Bulk orders boosted Romney’s book a top the NYT bestseller list… Palin’s received no such boost… http://pwire.at/97Ul0K

gary4205 on March 12, 2010 at 9:55 PM

That was not goofing on Obama.

terryannonline on March 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

+1

That was lite beer and diet soda, with fat free chips, low salt dip, & fat free ice cream.

singlemalt_18 on March 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Tony737 on March 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

What he would say would be 12 paragraphs long and nobody would remember a word he said but 52% of them would think that Obama is the best guy to do whatever it was he said he was going to do.

pedestrian on March 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Weak. What the hell is so great about Dear Leader??? He’s so easy to rip on yet these doofs never do it.

therightwinger on March 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I heart Dana Carvey. No one is as funny and great with impressions as he is. Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon, and Dennis Miller are tops in the SNL block. No one comes close.

cubachi on March 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Not old enought to remember the original NRFPTP (Not Ready For Prime Time Players)Your crew was OK but Belushi, Ackroyd, Morris, Radner, Murray, Newman and Curtain were beyond compare to anything that has come along since.

thomasaur on March 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM

“Toonces the Driving Cat” is funnier than Dana Carvey…

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2010 at 10:03 PM

My dog snoring is funnier than Dana Carvey.

Wind Rider on March 12, 2010 at 10:09 PM

seriously, they are still playing the “he’s too smart to be president” card?

“We believe you should start the process of dismanteling this barrier”

No, he would’ve said “I believe you could make this wall more impenetrable.”

Tony737 on March 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Ha!

wryteacher on March 12, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Total arse kisser. Yaaaaawn.

Sugar Land on March 12, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I don’t think Obama is really all that intelligent. He doesn’t appear to be able to do simple math, he doesn’t know history and he had his grades sealed.

Carvey’s humor is based on accepting the meme that Bush is dumb and Obama is highly intelligent. I think maybe some people confuse verbosity with intelligence.

Brevity is a virtue and succinctness is power.

Fallon on March 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Meh. Not really goofing on Obama. Too smart to be President? Really???

But Carvey’s impressions of Bush 41 and Jimmy Stewart have always been spot on.

changer1701 on March 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM

He’sss sooooooooo smarrrt. He’s tooo smarrrt to be presidennnt.

*vomits*

pfamis on March 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM

You should really be posting videos of Jimmy Fallon’s Obama digs, which I would argue have been the harshest and funniest in mainstream late night comedy… Some older stuff, but I’ve he’s continued even recently:

http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2010/01/obama-jokes-jimmy-fallon-january-8.html

While speaking about the War on Terror yesterday, President Obama said, ‘There is of course no foolproof solution. We have to stay one set ahead of a nimble adversary.’ A nimble adversary– Sounds like somebody saw Sherlock Holmes over the holiday.

President Obama also said, ‘We are at war against al Qaeda, and we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.’ Then Obama was like, ‘Literally, whatever it takes: speeches, talks, speech talks, talks about speeches, speaking about the talk I just spoke about, personal appearances.

In Obama’s defense, he’s taken responsibility for the security lapse on Christmas. Obama said, ‘Ultimately the buck stops with me.’ Then, he was like, ‘Unless it’s a billion bucks, in which case it just goes to AIG.

Did you guys hear about this? President Obama met with former President Bill Clinton at the White House yesterday in a meeting closed to the press. It was pretty awkward. Hillary called and at the exact same time they both said, ‘I’m not here!’

You guys excited about the final season of Lost? I love that show. I am so excited about that. Well, fans are worried that the show’s 3-hour season premiere on February 2nd could be bumped if President Obama gives his State of the Union speech that night, which is ironic because ‘Lost’ is also the name of the speech he plans on giving.

RightWinged on March 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Fallon at 10:22
I share your doubts about Obama’s intelligence.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Just another Ugbama cult snorkeler. His criticism is that the faux college professor who guest lectured in like maybe one class is “too smart to be president.” Does that mean he’s smart enought to be a stealth marxist Lex Luthor, you Hollywood priss?

Western_Civ on March 12, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Boy, listen to that audience applaud the notion that Obama is “too smart” to be president.

The baa-ing is deafening.

MadisonConservative on March 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM

All you need to know about that audience…listen to their reaction when he says “Kim Kardashian fans..” A bunch of applause and screams. Yes, our society is in a downward spiral. A no talent, sex tape having, whore is apparently what people are entertained by these days. God help us. Im starting to think, maybe we do deserve Obama. Maybe we do deserve to go down a bad road. Look at our society and look who the heroes are of so many pathetic souls in this country. Its no wonder the world is the way it is and the country is the way it is.

bucsox79 on March 12, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I hear ya. But don’t forget, it’s not that there are more people now who are entertained by base culture. It’s just that the people that are entertained by schlock matter now because they have money.

Back in the day, “culture” was defined by the elite because the elite had all the time and money. Now, culture is defined by plebeian idiots, cause they’ve got tons of extra cash to spend on huge TVs/cable tv packages/dvds/movies/iTunes etc.

Our people aren’t really any worse. It’s just that we see more of society.

July 10 on March 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Dana Carvey is one of the funniest men on the planet. I saw him do a standup show live one night and my body was sore from laughing so hard for so long.

D2Boston on March 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Mr. Carvey doesn’t realize that the reason Obama would have spoken so “professorially” to Gorbachev was not because he’s “too smart” to be President, but because he doesn’t have the stones to call out an enemy so directly.

eeyore on March 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM

Barry does “stand alone” as the biggest liar and narcissist to ever disgrace the presidency. Who, except for Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Chrissy McTingle, and Olbie would actually want to have a beer with him?

anXdem on March 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

YUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MY MAIN MAIN BARRY!!!!!! LOVE YA MAN !!!! MAY MAIN BARRY !!! YOU DA MAN ! MY BUDDY OL PAL BARRY !!!

cableguy615 on March 13, 2010 at 12:46 AM

That was a “palate cleanser”??? Not even slightly funny. And I saw nothing that qualified as a “nice jab at Obama.”

Dopenstrange on March 13, 2010 at 12:50 AM

but even so, Carvey does get in a nice jab at Obama’s sometimes off-putting “professorial” dispassion.

That’s your idea of a “jab” Allah? LOL! Carvey’s a very funny guy but let’s not pretend that this wasn’t a garden variety liberal Obama gush-fest.

Sharke on March 13, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Sucked. And that wasn’t a goof on Obama, just another goof on Bush.

Unless you consider a “goof” – “Obama’s too smart to be President” or “If Obama can’t get it done, nobody can, he’s too smart”

Meh.

Skywise on March 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM

I watched it last night and the second half after the commercial break is pretty good too. Give Carvey a break guys, he’s still working on his impression of Obama. Nobody really has OB down yet. His 41 & 43 impersonations are hilarious. I voted for W and I can still laugh at Carvey’s impression of him.

Old Fritz on March 13, 2010 at 1:48 AM

It’s not the way he says it Dana it’s WHAT he says and does.

Mojave Mark on March 13, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Obama is not smart.
Obama is not articulate.
Bush was smarter.
Bush was even more articulate (that’s right, I said it).
Carvey wasn’t goofing on Obama.
Not gonna laugh. Not gonna do it.

Shakespeare on March 13, 2010 at 5:14 AM

In other words, people want to have a beer with him.

Less and less people every minute.

PaddyJ on March 13, 2010 at 6:34 AM

If the President is so smart….let us see his records!!! He’s a good talker who reads words on the TOTUS.

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Bush was in office for two weeks when the comedians started in on him, PBHO’s been in office for over a year and it’s still all about the Dubya.

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Well, W will always remain to me ‘the right man in the right place, at the right time’. Carvey’s lie that Obama is too smart to be president is the joke. Tie that to the part about ‘if Obama can’t get it done on one can’ and the lame Germany example… you have near out loud recognition that the king has no clothes brains. How many things has Obama touched that have not gone his way? Very public failures are one of the Zero’s specialties.
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Brave, brave Sir Robin, all of them.
Bishop on March 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

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Running away…

RalphyBoy on March 13, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Carvey is a great impressionist and comedian. I enjoy his work as one. I always loved his skits on 41, they were great comedy. (by the way, 41 loved them too)

conservnut on March 13, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Carvey is doing Hollywoods version of goffing on The One. A. D. Clay visited Redeye last night and didn’t say a word about Him. A lefty black POTUS could be too smart or too good for us. HOW DARE ANYONE GO FURTHER??

I know jokes about The One. A comic would become famous for using them. A move to Montana or Alaska afterward might be advisable…

Here is a softball which is mildly funny:

“Barack Obama’s daughters are very smart. They told him they will take the same responsibility for the dog that he is taking for the economy. That way, if the dog leaves a mess in the White House, it’ll be cleaned up by future generations.” –Jay Leno

IlikedAUH2O on March 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Goofing, sarcasm, cussing; Nothings working!
GET TO D.C. ON MARCH 16TH TO MARCH AGAINST THESE CRIMINALS AND OUR TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT.

Cybergeezer on March 13, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Dana Carvey goofs on Obama, sort of

Uh, no. Carvey was saying over and over that everyone else is an idiot and Obama is just too smart for us all.

albill on March 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I almost spit my coffee…PURE GENIUS, PLEASE DANA, GO ON TOUR!!!!

ProudPalinFan on March 13, 2010 at 9:16 AM

While he supports Obama, he was also showing historically the truth behind politics today. Most politicians today think they are smarter than U.S. and know what is best for U.S.. His impression may not have been flattering but he knows they had to answers

But look at the current record, they do not have a clue what is going on, nor are they smart enough to allow U.S. to fix their perceived problems by doing nothing, in many cases.

MSGTAS on March 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I believe the saying goes:
“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh@t”.

This sums up our current Administration in a “ridgid container of organic matter
that protects the nut meat that is located in the center of the covering”.

elderberry on March 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The whole video is hilarious.

>Uh, no. Carvey was saying over and over that everyone else is an idiot and Obama is just too smart for us all.<

Hardly. He used the "Barry must be the smartest POTUS ever" line to get attention. Then he showed how The One fails to connect with the common man, inconsistent with being smart.

But to be fair, it has to be noted that Glenn had this up on Instapundit yesterday morning.

EconomicNeocon on March 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Dana Garvey, another mostly unfunny comedian…sort of like Al Franken.

docdave on March 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

When it comes to jokes, you just can’t beat barack Hussein Obama!!!…LOL

DougDavis on March 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Funny or not, Dana’s point about the comparison between Obama and Reagan are true.

People call Obama the Great Communicator. He’s not. Reagan truly was the MAN!!

Conservative Samizdat on March 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM

…if Barrack Obama can’t get it done nobody can.”

Carvey said that without any degree of sarcasm or facetiousness.
As stated above by so many others, this was Hollywood @ss-kissing in undiluted form.

That’s your idea of a “jab” Allah? LOL! Carvey’s a very funny guy but let’s not pretend that this wasn’t a garden variety liberal Obama gush-fest.

Sharke on March 13, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Ditto. Well said.

Tom_OC on March 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM

fail

Alden Pyle on March 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM