WaPo: Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?

posted at 9:40 pm on May 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m torn. On the one hand, this is the sort of straining-to-find-fault piece I would have expected of the press if Bush was still president. So kudos, I guess, for even-handedness.

On the other hand, being roastmaster-in-chief is now somehow beneath the office? Really?

Obama’s derisive tone surprises and dismays some of the people who’ve written jokes for presidents past.

“With these dinners you want the audience to like you more when you sit down than when you stood up,” says Landon Parvin, an author and speechwriter for politicians in both parties, and a gag writer for three Republican presidents (Reagan and Bushes I and II). “Something in [Obama's] humor didn’t do that,” he said Sunday.

Parvin advises his political clients to practice a little partisan self-deprecation when they make lighthearted remarks: “If you’re a Democrat, you make fun of Democrats and go easy on the Republicans; if you’re a Republican, you do the opposite,” he says…

Former Clinton speechwriter Mark Katz calls Obama’s humor “a work in progress.” Katz recalls that before Clinton made his first White House Correspondents dinner speech, he asked his speechwriters why there weren’t more jokes about his political enemies. Clinton’s speech drew criticism after he inserted his own somewhat hostile jokes.

“He took aim at people he should not have aimed at,” says Katz. “He learned his lesson and took greater aim at himself. He learned that the right joke about yourself can be as Machiavellian as anything Machiavelli dreamed up.”

That’s fine, but it’s missing the point. An audience as media-heavy as Saturday night’s was likely to be packed with “Daily Show” groupies, and The One knew it — so much so that he got “Daily Show” staff writers to help out on his speech. If you know you’re facing a crowd that loves Stewart’s use of derisive humor in the service of (mostly left-wing) political attacks, naturally you’ll want to borrow it. Which is what Obama did, even relying on “Daily Show”-esque mock graphics as sight gags when goofing on Politico. The TDS style is a good fit for The One personally too, since (a) his comic timing is sharp enough to carry it off, (b) the contrast with Leno, whose material was even more stale than first thought, made him seem even funnier by comparison, and (c) the Obama White House is, of course, famously thin-skinned and controlling, in which case why would they pass up a free chance to take shots at people? You didn’t really think Politico would be spared after dropping this piece last week, did you?

As for his suddenly infamous joke about using a predator drone on the Jonas brothers, it’s fun watching “impartial” reporters tacitly express their disapproval by doing round-ups of quotes from people who aren’t quite as impartial.


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Because his the Dickweed-in-Chief.

Good Lt on May 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

The insecure don’t do “self-deprecating.” To quote Nick diPaulo, “if Obama’s skin was any thinner it would have a reservoir tip.”

Exurban Jon on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Attacking Jonas Brothers was racist.

roninacreage on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Notice how Obozo does not crack one joke about himself?

txag92 on May 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Obama can’t joke about himself . His white half would be called racist .

borntoraisehogs on May 3, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Dumbo ears is very thin skinned about his big dumbo ears.

roninacreage on May 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

the contrast with Leno, whose material was even more stale than first thought, made him seem even funnier by comparison, and

That’s the way they wanted it , you dont think Leno writers could slice Obama if they wanted ?

the_nile on May 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Punk in Chief

fogw on May 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

BECAUSE HE’S A PETULANT LITTLE BOY! How many times must it be said?

jimmy2shoes on May 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Alinsky rules – ridicule. He has a psychological need to tear down anyone he disagrees with or who stands up to him. Dr Keith Ablow has down some serious analyzing of “narcissist in chief”.

tim c on May 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Obama can’t joke about himself . His white half would be called racist .

borntoraisehogs on May 3, 2010 at 9:44 PM

You win.

Denverslim on May 3, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Honestly, I thought the predator drone joke was mildly funny. I certainly don’t think he was implying that the Jonas boys were pedophiles. 10-year-olds like them. His daughters like them. He made a joke based on that, as a dad. Lighten up.

That said, I think WaPo was right on in basically saying that this set of targets really showed his insecurity and inability to poke proper fun at himself. It reeks of bitterness and desperation to take the eye of criticism off of himself. Get over it, Barry. Bush put up with a lot more hell than you did, and still was able to pull off self-deprecating humor with the kind of style and finesse that most stand-up comics wish they had. Try taking yourself a bit less seriously. Yes, your s**t does stink.

MadisonConservative on May 3, 2010 at 9:47 PM

By attacking the Jonas Brothers, Obama might just lose the 9 to 16 year old demographic.

Careful Barry.

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Former Clinton speechwriter Mark Katz calls Obama’s humor “a work in progress.”

There’s always an excuse for Teh One. Always an excuse. Self-deprecation requires two things: humility and self-confidence (this differs from egotism, which Obama has an abundance). Obama lacks both.

p.s. A red squiggly line under Obama as if it’s misspelled? That’s priceless.

conservative pilgrim on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Just wondering: Does Obama Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

The insecure don’t do “self-deprecating.” To quote Nick diPaulo, “if Obama’s skin was any thinner it would have a reservoir tip.”

Exurban Jon on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Had to report this – still laughing!!

ace tomato on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

This Sombrero of Asshats makes jokes about beanies? Fedoras? Every day exposes him more.

thebookkeeper on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I find it strangely un-reassuring that POTUS can take the time to yuck it up celeb style while the wheels are coming off the entire world

ronsfi on May 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Breaking tradition — again — and taking nasty shots at his critics rather than doing self-deprecating humor was kind of a perfect ending to a day which Barry began by lecturing the graduates of The University of Michigan on “civility” in political discourse. Politician, heal thyself.

Maybe next year some of those comedic geniuses will do some hypocrisy humor.

Rational Thought on May 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM

I’m sorry, Obowma gave a speech…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM

A spoiled, brat!!!!

mobydutch on May 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I always assumed some of the attraction about the correspondents dinner is seeing the President in a light you typically don’t. While Obama was taking stabs at people, it was nothing new. This is how he is all the time. It would have been refreshing and different to see him critical of himself or people close to him.

The Narcissist in Chief is so thin-skinned he can’t even poke fun at himself in this manner. Even the one time he did try to take a dig at himself, it was only while dogging someone else more (his dig at Leno’s ratings). And I have no doubt Obama believes his poll numbers are low because the people being polled are stupid. Not that he’s doing anything wrong.

The man has a disorder. Narcissist Personality Disorder. It is obvious to anyone. (And no, I’m not a doctor, but I play one on the internet).

ButterflyDragon on May 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I dunno, I thought the Jonas joke was cute…and I adore the JoBros. IMO, it’s just a dad making a joke. No need to look too deep into it.

Not to say I think drones themselves are a laughing matter but they are a very effective tool in this war.

WaltzingMtilda on May 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Bullying works that’s why…..

Wish we had some bullies on the Right Side.

This is not your grandmother’s America anymore, gonna have to get “dirty” to win this one. Black Panthers, SEIU, ACORN, Illegals will be at ballot box, can’t be passive little pantie wearers…..

nondhimmie on May 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

The TDS style is a good fit for The One personally too, since (a) his comic timing is sharp enough to carry it off,

Shouldn’t that read TOTUS’ timing is sharp enough?

tru2tx on May 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

* Believing that you’re better than others
* Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
* Exaggerating your achievements or talents
* Expecting constant praise and admiration
* Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
* Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
* Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
* Taking advantage of others
* Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
* Being jealous of others
* Believing that others are jealous of you
* Trouble keeping healthy relationships
* Setting unrealistic goals
* Being easily hurt and rejected
* Having a fragile self-esteem
* Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I thought the ‘taxation without representin’ line was pretty funny, even if conservatives aren’t allowed to toe the racial line in that manner. As far as self-deprecation goes, I just don’t think it has ever occurred to The One™ that he has any flaws worth making fun of.

vitocorleone99 on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

If he was not able to come up with a joke about himself he could have skimmed through Obamateurism of the Day or Obamateurism of the Week.

We have well documented comedy GOLD from TBP*

*The Boy President – Stole from a redstate diarist.

antisocial on May 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I really dislike Obama, but as the father of a young daughter, the Jonas brothers joke was funny.

cozmo on May 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I don’t recall a Republican president in the near past (last 30 years) who’s called out American citizens by name on anything except Bush I who called out Dan Rather just before our grand expedition to Panama. And as I recall it was in response to some “faulty” reporting by good ole Dan.

Clinton on Rush Limbaugh? And teabaggers? Yup.

Carter on W? Yup.

Obama Bin Laden? Anyone and everyone. And a lot of it is as the brunt of jokes.

BowHuntingTexas on May 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

…and if you meet at least 50% of these criteria, you probably post on HotAir.com.

MadisonConservative on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

The TDS style is a good fit for The One personally too

But it’s inappropriate for the Presidency.

PackerBronco on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM

I’ve long since given up listening to anything he says. I automatically turn the channel anytime his face appears. Clinton was a liar, but he was charming. Obama is an angry, lying, conniving, uppity, snarky, pissy little socialist tool. There, I feel better now. Good nite all.

txhsmom on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Shouldn’t that read TOTUS’ timing is sharp enough?

tru2tx on May 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Are you implying that we’re witnessing a karaoke presidency?

trubble on May 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

What could the DESTROYER actually say that the media would actually, really turn them against the ONENESS that he is?

“I’ve ordered Bombers to take out Europe immediately all except for that cute little Cafe that Michelle likes in Paris. Europe is nothing but a pain.”

“I’ve ordered the 100 million Americans that don’t like OBAMACARE to FEMA Camps for re-education. Those that don’t like it will be terminated in the ovens”.

“I’ve issued an executive order that bans Congress, ends the Constitution and sets up myself as Caliph of the new AMERIABIA.”

None of those would get their attention…..however one that might?

I’m cancelling your Internet access to “candydoesitall.com”, “reportersonthepole.com”, “babesinprint.net” and “howaboutthisnews.com”.

PappyD61 on May 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Eh, not funny but I don’t care either way, PBHO has made plenty of comments that were supposed to be funny but fell like lead balloons.

Bishop on May 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Can I use a bad word? Why are all these reporter people, John Stewart crowd included, such pussies?

Obama’s derisive tone dismays some

Really? Are you dismayed? Let me tell you, if you bend over for the President often enough, don’t expect him to look at with you respect. And when the media has been just trembling over obama for over a year, he views you with contempt. You, the “Free Press”, are the abused whore that the President can use or dismiss, as he sees fit. And your contemptible beta-male “dismay” is laughable. Welcome to our Hell.

GTR640 on May 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Just wondering: Does Obama Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM
This was excellent, and it was produced before Obama was elected. It fits him to a tee.

mobydutch on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Must have been a terrible childhood…

d1carter on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Jokes……FIRED UP………..

Jokes…….WE WEEDED UP………

Jokes……….READY TO GO……….

canopfor on May 3, 2010 at 10:05 PM

OT.. why no caption contest on this photo?

gatorboy on May 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Why? Because he’s an arrogant a-hole. That makes as much sense as anything else IMO.

Oink on May 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM
…and if you meet at least 50% of these criteria, you probably post on HotAir.com.

MadisonConservative on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I am definitely better than others, and others are definitely jealous of my mad posting skillz.

bitsy on May 3, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Must have been a terrible childhood…

d1carter on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM

You dont say.

the_nile on May 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM

…and if you meet at least 50% of these criteria, you probably post on HotAir.com.

MadisonConservative on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

lololz

blatantblue on May 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

…and if you meet at least 50% of these criteria, you probably post are a Green Room Poster on HotAir.com.

MadisonConservative on May 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

/////s

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Just wondering: Does Obama Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM
This was excellent, and it was produced before Obama was elected. It fits him to a tee.

mobydutch on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Moby, that link was initially sent to me by a psychiatrist friend. It’s chilling.

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM

As far as self-deprecation goes, I just don’t think it has ever occurred to The One™ that he has any flaws worth making fun of.

vitocorleone99 on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

He says of himself, “What’s not to like?”

OT.. why no caption contest on this photo?

gatorboy on May 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Ew. That lighting makes his face look like a mask or The Joker poster.

conservative pilgrim on May 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.
portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

No question about it.Period. End. Of. Story. What a maroon!

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Leno was told to tone it down so the One could shine.

What an a-hole.

drjohn on May 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

The thin-skinned one.

HornetSting on May 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Anyone interested in an informed opinion on Obama having a narcisstic disorder ought check out Robin of Berkley (yes Berkley, she’s a reformed Lib) over at American Thinker.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Can I use a bad word? Why are all these reporter people, John Stewart crowd included, such pussies?

Obama’s derisive tone dismays some
Really? Are you dismayed? Let me tell you, if you bend over for the President often enough, don’t expect him to look at with you respect. And when the media has been just trembling over obama for over a year, he views you with contempt. You, the “Free Press”, are the abused whore that the President can use or dismiss, as he sees fit. And your contemptible beta-male “dismay” is laughable. Welcome to our Hell.

GTR640 on May 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

C’mon quitholding back, tell us how you really feel.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Classic passive-aggressive disorder, in this case using politics as ‘cover’. Obow doesn’t have the brass to confront his enemies directly.

Liam on May 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Anyone interested in an informed opinion on Obama having a narcisstic disorder ought check out Robin of Berkley (yes Berkley, she’s a reformed Lib) over at American Thinker.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Here’s a link to another American Thinker piece by a psychiatrist about Obama’s narcissism. Obama’s Malignant Narcissism

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM

not blog/comment worthy

winston on May 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Pres Obama Correspondents’ Dinner 2010 (2/3) (Classic Obama!) (POLITICAL SPEECHES SERIES)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBrJzDPN3_o&feature=related

=======================================================
=======================================================

Heres were he makes a couple of idoit jokes!!

Japan Surrenders! Where’s the bounce
————————————–

Clearly a shot at HealthCare

Lincoln Saves Union
But can he save House Majority?
———————————

A shot at November

He`s lost the Southern White Vote!
————————————-

Well,racist I guess!

Talks Break Down
Independence dead!
——————-

A clear shot at the Tea Party!

I’m pretty big on Twitter,Face Book,or as Sarah Palin calls
it the Socialized Media!!!!
————————–

It is envious of Hopey that SarahCuda has more friends!!!

canopfor on May 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Can I use a bad word? Why are all these reporter people, John Stewart crowd included, such pussies?

Obama’s derisive tone dismays some
Really? Are you dismayed? Let me tell you, if you bend over for the President often enough, don’t expect him to look at with you respect. And when the media has been just trembling over obama for over a year, he views you with contempt. You, the “Free Press”, are the abused whore that the President can use or dismiss, as he sees fit. And your contemptible beta-male “dismay” is laughable. Welcome to our Hell.
GTR640 on May 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

C’mon quitholding back, tell us how you really feel.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Um, s’cuse me…our leaders are efffing nuts and we’re supposed to…what? HELP!

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Classic passive-aggressive disorder, in this case using politics as ‘cover’. Obow doesn’t have the brass to confront his enemies directly.

Liam on May 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Well, if you flip your idea of his friends around, I think he is more than happy to confront his enemies. So far he has attacked , Israel, Britain, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, and he coddled Hamas, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia. Just sayin…….

bluemarlin on May 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM

POTUS… jokes… yawn…

Khun Joe on May 3, 2010 at 10:31 PM

First Question:
Do we want taxes to go up?

Or do we want taxes to go down?
Pick one and why.

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Just more mugging for his supporters, and mugging of his adversaries.
C’mon Allah. Politicians, generally, are just not deliberately funny – except when they poke/make fun at/of themselves.
The boy-king demands laughter. His regents and courtiers titter nervously.

Randy

williars on May 3, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Here’s a link to another American Thinker piece by a psychiatrist about Obama’s narcissism. Obama’s Malignant Narcissism

flyfisher on May 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Yeah I read that one too, FYI Robin is a shrink as well.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Freud would have a field day wandering around in Barry’s mind.

GarandFan on May 3, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Here’s going out on a limb…
Having taxes go up is, um, not popular. I am so flippin’ shocked!!!

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM

g’night. Hope y’all have fun…see ya!

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:41 PM

portlandon on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

-
Text book symptoms. Fits like a glove.

diogenes on May 3, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Dear Pappy….What we can hope for is a “Brown” moment against the press.

An open mic with his real feeling about his slobbering press…..

nondhimmie on May 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Chewy the Lab on May 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM

What, didn’t you get Rivlin’s memo? Their pro-growth tax hikes.

These freakin people are the sickest conglomeration of Orwell’s & Rand’s worst nightmares come true.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM

“WaPo: Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?”

IMHO, the Messiah has a childish mentality, that must, at a last resort, kick sand back at a tormentor. He can dish, but can’t take it. He micro-manages, and must get back at whoever mocks or makes fun of him. In short, a very small person, in a very large position.

byteshredder on May 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Oops, they’re, brfore the grammar squad lands on me.

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Nite chewy!

Archimedes on May 3, 2010 at 10:45 PM

I think he’s settled down and is showing people why others found him “charming.” He’s caustic.

And the left generally admires that type of humor.

AnninCA on May 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Freud would have a field day wandering around in Barry’s mind.

GarandFan on May 3, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Or end up nuts himself. Obow sort of reminds me of the living wife in the movie Betelgeuse, where she says to her hapless husband at one point, “If I don’t what I want, I will go insane and take you with me!”

bluemarlin on May 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Our allies really aren’t going anywhere; they’re weathering the storm like the rest of us. In Obow’s narcissism, if he can get our enemies to ‘side’ with us, he’ll feel wonderful. Not that reality matters to him; he’ll feel great even if knowing it’s just lip service. But he won’t see any such lip service for what it is.

The passive-aggressive part I see is how he berates even his friends in the press, the ones who kiss his arse no matter what. Collectively and individually, the members of the MSM cover for Obow. Still, he shows contempt for them, having the bully pulpit.

Imagine how bad Obow would get if the MSM began treating him like they did Nixon!

Liam on May 3, 2010 at 10:50 PM

There is so much relevant material to attack The One on… get off his case here. This dinner is (historically and supposedly) off the record… a time when the Pres. can make inappropriate jokes (admittedly, this is out of character of previous administration’s self-deprecation style- but it is his show).

In any event, the Jonas brothers have a lot more to fear from Obama’s Chicago thug-friends than PD’s. Accidents do happen, you know.

lionheart on May 3, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Abandonment issues, searching for a father figure and finding god knows who,… the man is really damaged goods.

jukin on May 3, 2010 at 10:53 PM

WaPo: Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?

He was teased in school.

Speakup on May 3, 2010 at 10:54 PM

One has to be a confident, real, man to be self-deprecating in a measured way.

This guy is a Teenager in need for love, with the thinnest skin of anyone on the face of the Earth.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2010 at 10:55 PM

If he had any class, he could laugh at himself. The WaPo is slowly recognizing that fact.

Greg Q on May 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM

If he had any class, he could laugh at himself. The WaPo is slowly recognizing that fact.

Greg Q on May 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Nah, they just forgot to refill the obamaglo, it will all be fixed tomorrow.

bluemarlin on May 3, 2010 at 11:02 PM

If he had any class, he could laugh at himself. The WaPo is slowly recognizing that fact.

Greg Q on May 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM

If he had any courage, not class. This guy will never have class.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM

WaPo: Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?

Why not? Why should his jokes be any different from everything else he says?

xblade on May 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?

Because he has not achieved enough power to literally take shots at the people he would like to shot, so he lives vicariously in that regard.

MB4 on May 3, 2010 at 11:22 PM

so much so that he got “Daily Show” staff writers to help out on his speech.

(sarcasm on)
Nah, that couldn’t have possibly happened. Jon has assured on numerous occasions that he’s just a simple comedian on basic cable. His show is just a comedy show with puppets for a lead in. I mean he’s not important so obviously his staff couldn’t have worked for the president.
(sarcasm off)

Dave_d on May 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Look Obama did ok, but he was hardly the Messiah of Comedy. Anyone can get a laugh talking about Massa.

Speedwagon82 on May 4, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Err I mean “…Jon has assured us on numerous occasions…”. (I really should start proof-reading my stuff.)

Dave_d on May 4, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Exurban Jon on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM

omg lulz

spmat on May 4, 2010 at 12:30 AM

This is SO transparent! The pro-O worshipping press criticizes him:

a) about things that don’t matter that no one cares about,
and/or
b) disingenuously so that fair-minded thinkers will defend him

so that they can pretend they are even-handed.

They will NEVER criticize him on the things that he really should be criticized on.

JustTruth101 on May 4, 2010 at 1:48 AM

2 Bidens and an Obama walk into a bar…

peski on May 4, 2010 at 2:15 AM

I think he’s settled down and is showing people why others found him “charming.” He’s caustic.

And the left generally admires that type of humor.

AnninCA on May 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

You can have him “full time” after January 20, 2013… He’ll be moving out of the White House and looking for another gig then…

Khun Joe on May 4, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Obama isn’t joking, he’s ridiculing. He’s been doing it his entire life and certainly based his campaign and Presidency on it. He ridicules people and then gives off that big smile. It’s what evil people do. Then they like to make other big shows of how sparkly and special they are.

Obama ridicules people as he also does our Republic. He made that cruddy, cowardly denigration the other day of the U.S. Constitution by claiming it — via the Supreme Court — wasn’t bowing to “the will of legislators” or something very close to that.

That was Obama ridiculing the Constitution. He really does believe that one can just “legislate” the document away because it’s not respectful of his cultural whims.

Lourdes on May 4, 2010 at 3:54 AM

That was Obama ridiculing the Constitution. He really does believe that one can just “legislate” the document away because it’s not respectful of his cultural whims.

Lourdes on May 4, 2010 at 3:54 AM

I’m not saying it isn’t (respectful of culture) but in Obama’s case and other Leftwingers like him, their ideas or whims of the time convince them that the Constitution is in their way and “should” be changed to suit their whims.

Lourdes on May 4, 2010 at 3:55 AM

WaPo: Why is Obama taking shots at people in his jokes?

He was teased in school.

Speakup on May 3, 2010 at 10:54 PM

And his father abandoned him (and likely refused to grant him the use of his name), his mother abandoned him after locking him in closets when he was being “a brat” (so he quoted her), his grandfather turned him over to a pedophile sexual homosexual pervert (redundant), and, his grandparents, parents and the pervert mentor were all Communists who taught Obama that having a big chip on one’s shoulder was cool. Then there were the drugs and other substances…which, when started, tend to freeze the emotional age of a person at that point.

Obama’s still functioning on that I’m Cool And A Big Pants Wearin’ Guy age of about thirteen or fourteen.

Lourdes on May 4, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Dr Keith Ablow has down some serious analyzing of “narcissist in chief”.

tim c on May 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Yes, agreed. Dr. Ablow’s really well identified who and what Obama is, psychologically.

Lourdes on May 4, 2010 at 4:01 AM

Our Day One lies, Obama bin lying since day one.

tarpon on May 4, 2010 at 6:33 AM

An audience as media-heavy as Saturday night’s was likely to be packed with “Daily Show” groupies, and The One knew it — so much so that he got “Daily Show” staff writers to help out on his speech.

I suppose that could be an excuse, Allahpundit but then insert Andrew Dice Clay for “Daily Show” then it doesn’t look like much of an excuse anymore.

BDU-33 on May 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM

If the truth is known, Obuma suffers from a deep-rooted inferiority complex. It could explain why he lashes out at anyone who even remotrly disagrees with him. A very dangerous trait for the leader of the “free” world to be so insecure. I could explain the obvious contempt his administration has for the American citizens.

volsense on May 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Saw some of the video from the dinner and wondered why it was that people think he’s funny or has great comedic timing. He doesn’t have to have great jokes or timing because he knows people will laugh at the right moment or lose their place in his line of favorites. Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Red Skelton were funny. The current crop of comics not so much.

Kissmygrits on May 4, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Obama IS a joke. A bad one.

adamsmith on May 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM

the Obama White House is, of course, famously thin-skinned and controlling, in which case why would they pass up a free chance to take shots at people?

Because hope springs eternal that the POS-in-charge will remember that he is the President of the USA, not a rabble rouser in the ghetto.

katiejane on May 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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