Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey: Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

posted at 5:16 pm on August 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, a few days old but worth listening to if you missed it elsewhere. I was tempted to make this a post focusing on Lovitz — he’s been a big hit on the site since his class-warfare critique of The One — but Carvey’s the more interesting of the two here. He’s unusual in that he became a star in part by doing political impersonations (Bush 41 and Perot most notably) but there’s never been anything malicious in his political comedy. His humor was more silly than biting, which is one reason why audiences like him so much. So I was surprised when he said his Obama impression bombed at a Hollywood fundraiser. (You’ll hear a snippet of it below; it’s not genius, but it’s good enough.) Even if you’re a rich lefty who’s typically humorless about liberal sacred cows, the mere fact that it’s Carvey being Carvey should be worth some giggles — especially in a private setting, where the audience doesn’t have to sit in stony silence to show their disapproval to viewers watching on TV.

But maybe I’ve got this wrong. Jon Stewart goofs on Obama sporadically and “The Daily Show” crowd laughs along, albeit a bit less heartily than when he’s focused on The Enemy. How come? I can think of three possibilities. One: Plain and simple, Stewart’s funnier. End of story. Two: When Stewart goofs on Obama, he often hits him from the left, which makes it “okay” to laugh. I haven’t heard Carvey’s routine but I doubt that’s true of him. Either he’s jabbing lightly onstage at O’s class warfare shtick, I’d bet, or he’s focused entirely on his bearing/voice/persona. There’s no benefit to liberalism in either of those things. Hence, silence. Three: It’s a pecking order thing. Stewart’s not just a comedian, he’s the top liberal political comic working today. He’s something of a liberal icon, so he’s entitled to poke fun at a fellow liberal icon like O. Carvey, being mostly nonideological, has no such status and therefore no authority with which to goof on Obama. Makes me wonder how audiences would react if another prominent liberal comic, like Will Ferrell or Louis C.K., decided to start doing Obama bits regularly. Would they be indulged because their ideological bona fides is well known, or would they draw silence too because, unlike Stewart, political comedy isn’t really their thing and therefore their jabs at O would seem “gratuitous”?


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Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

because he is black

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

So what you’re saying is that comedians are praying for a Romney victory?

aunursa on August 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

No one has been stopping you guys.
Fun away.

Badger40 on August 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey: Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

…because they are white!
Chris Rock could, etc.

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Because liberals are racist and ruthless. Many would probably either fire someone who laughed or be fired if they laughed at The Party.

GardenGnome on August 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Because he isn’t interesting enough in any way

tomas on August 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Seriously, there is nothing to gain from it other than scorn.

tomas on August 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Well, comedians should AT LEAST be allowed to make fun of obama’s white half – HALF a CRACKER is better than no cracker at all – Right?

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Is this not an appropriate follow up to the murdered Somalian comedian story, or what?

waterytart on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You know who else didn’t get many funny jokes made about him? Stalin.

Cicero43 on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

A visit from the IRS?

Helen A Handbasquet on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

It’s racist to make jokes about O. And it’s racist to criticize O. And it’s racist to criticize his radical policies. O doesn’t look like the boring guy on our dollar bill (I know, that sounds racist). End the farce… take political correctness on head-on, if we can figure out how.

anotherJoe on August 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’ll reiterate what I said in the Headlines thread. The entertainment community is drunk on the kool-aid and actors and comedians are also terrified of repercussions from mocking The One.

Doughboy on August 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The only reason some/most don’t take bho/mo before the slamming block, the SHADE of their skin? That is it in a nutshell!

BTW when anyone does, bho/mo/bhopress will crater said slammer!
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letget on August 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

A visit from the IRS?

Helen A Handbasquet on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

and black panthers ?

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama earned his Nobel Peace Prize? None of my liberal friends even tried to defend that one, and they’ve done all sorts of contortions on O’s behalf over the years.

LukeinNE on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Dana Carvey’s family might have been slave traders.

I have no proof of this at all, but I have heard it said.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

You know who else didn’t get many funny jokes made about him? Stalin.

Cicero43 on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I’m certain Mussolini & Hitler didn’t either.

Badger40 on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I think it goes beyond his being black. I think its also that he was THE ONE. He was cast as a Messianic figure. He was going to make ‘the Earth begin to heal’. He was the ‘post racial’ president, supposed to usher in the end of racism in this nation. He was ‘Hope and Change’. He was “Yes We Can”. He was going to fix ‘a broken Washington’. He was supposed to fix the economy. He was supposed to usher in world peace with his ‘smart power’. He was supposed to ‘fundamentally transform’ this nation. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize… having been nominated after 12 days in office.

In short, he represented the epitome of, the bringer, in fact, of the progressive utopia.

To make fun of him now is to point our all of the ways in which he has failed. Which is to say, how that utopian ‘vision’ has failed. How progressivism…. has failed. How each person on the left who supported him and shared that ‘vision’… has failed.

thatsafactjack on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Racial identity is the centerpiece of liberal thought. It is one of their most powerful weapons, and they are not going to take part in mocking it.

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dukakis-after-dark/1356893/

Here is an old Lovitz clip from SNL that James Pethokoukis posted on Twitter a few weeks ago. “Dukakis After Dark.” Watch it all. It’s hard to imagine liberals being mocked this way on TV today.

Mark1971 on August 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Because liberals are racist and ruthless. Many would probably either fire someone who laughed or be fired if they laughed at The Party.

and

The entertainment community is drunk on the kool-aid and actors and comedians are also terrified of repercussions from mocking The One.

boiled down…no empathy and no courage. People you can’t trust show the same tendencies.

DanMan on August 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I understand that North Korean comics also never joke about Kim Jong-un.

TarheelBen on August 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dukakis-after-dark/1356893/

Here is an old Lovitz clip from SNL that James Pethokoukis posted on Twitter a few weeks ago. “Dukakis After Dark.” Watch it all. It’s hard to imagine liberals being mocked this way on TV today.

Mark1971 on August 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Or the SNL fake political ad done AFTER Bush 41 won the election which mocked Dukakis and ended with: “Bush! He beat a bad man!”

Doughboy on August 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

It’s because the prez is humorless, he cannot take a joke about himself. But I tell ya, a funny thing happened to me while chooming on the way to the whitehouse this morning….

jake49 on August 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Because the Politburo won’t allow it.

People know fascism when they see it — and they’re seeing it. This comedian thing is just a little piece of evidence of that.

Rational Thought on August 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Because liberals know how powerful Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” Number 5 is.
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Since Obama is so thin-skinned this is doubly true with him.
Romney needs to do more poking fun of Obama and Biden.

albill on August 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

My favorite part is when Carvey said the “angle” he finally found was Obama’s penchant for straw-man argument. He actually used that phrase.

bmmg39 on August 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

You know who else didn’t get many funny jokes made about him? Stalin.

Cicero43 on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

.
I’m certain Mussolini & Hitler didn’t either.

Badger40 on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

.
Or Mao Tse-tung, or Fidel Castro, or Che Guevara, or Idi Amin, or Muammar Gaddafi, or Vladimir Putin, or the present King Of Syria . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

Because, if you do you are a racist…next question?

Why is Obama losing in the polls, because America is racist…next question?

Why is Mitt doing so well…because Republicans are racist…next question?

Why is the black community doing so poorly…because America is racist…next question?

Never mind, the answer is “because they are racist”.

right2bright on August 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The Bush/Dukakis debate was good with these two – “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy!”

forest on August 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

because he is black

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Too easy an answer, and it cheapens the real reason.

Obama is a Progressive. The Democratic Party especially in the years after the Clinton Decade, have drifted further to the radical side.

Hollywood has drifted…RAN…to that direction also in that time-frame. We have the DNC being run as if its a movie shoot and that any mistakes can be “scripted” to always make the real culprit out to be a member of the VRWC.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The fact that Liberals refuse to make fun of Obama shows just how much they have invested in him. He is the POTUS they’ve been waiting for since 11/22/63. He’s the embodiment of what every left wing punk rocker student and every left wing hippie professor who ever shared a beer together after class has been pining for in order to finally change this horrible, awful country of ours into something that THEY can be proud of (just like Nipsy FLOTUS). I can’t wait to see these idiots have a collective coronary when he becomes a one termer, unlike the Worst. President. Ever.

ardenenoch on August 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

From the earlier Headline thread.

Shared ideology and cowardice.

swinia sutki on August 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Remember when Maureen Dowd (not a comedian in the traditional sense) wrote:

He’s intriguingly imperfect: His ears stick out, he smokes, and he’s written about wrestling with pot, booze and ”maybe a little blow” as a young man.

And, Lynn Sweet gave reported:

Obama is very sensitive about his press. After his press conference, he headed toward New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and chided her — in a kidding way — for a comment in the 12th of 14 paragraphs in an Oct. 21 column. She wrote that Obama’s “ears stick out.”

“I just want to put you on notice,” he said.

“I was teased relentlessly when I was a kid about my big ears.”

Message received “in a kidding way.” Obama does not take criticism or jokes lightly and the comedians dutifully fell silent.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Wouldn’t want to end up like the poor Somalian comedian who just got shot for making fun of Islamists…

Republican Yogi on August 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey: Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

Actually because of this…

We’re sorry for causing offence – but we’re not guilty: Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot face seven years in jail as they go on trial for ‘anti-Putin’-prayer concert

You don’t make fun of, and you don’t diss a dictator…

right2bright on August 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

And, Lynn Sweet gave reported:

Where the heck is my editor today? Sheesh.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Dana Carey actually sounded a little like Obama.

Oil Can on August 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Here is an old Lovitz clip from SNL that James Pethokoukis posted on Twitter a few weeks ago. “Dukakis After Dark.” Watch it all. It’s hard to imagine liberals being mocked this way on TV today.

Mark1971 on August 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Dukakis was an easy target because he was a lost cause by that point and Dems felt they could pile on to say “He sucked” and not “Our policies sucked”.

teke184 on August 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?
because he is black
burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

And that’s probably the only reason why you don’t like him. Be honest. Oh how do you all say it here.. Raaaaacist right? Okkk

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Its only fitting that you can’t laugh at Obama, when he only brings tears.

DDay on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Actually, Louis CK has on three occasions now had characters on his show “Louie” invoke Obama to express their despair and/or disgust with the Way Things Are.[tm]

1. After Louie’s accountant tells him that he can’t afford to buy a $17 million dollar townhouse, a desperate Louie, grasping at straws, says “what about Obama?” His accountant looks at him like he’s a crazy person.

2. At the very end of a scene, as Louie is being discharged from a hospital, an old woman on a gurney in the hallway who has been raving throughout the scene in the background suddenly calls out “What about Obama?” Here’s a clip.

3. When Louie refuses to reciprocate a…romantic *cough*…gesture during a date, the woman he’s with looks at him like he’s a worthless piece of crap and spits out “Obama” in a disgusted voice.

Now, I know Louis CK is a big liberal, but those moments are devastating indictments both of liberal stupidity (in terms of the unrealistic expectations of Obama voters) and the inherent unmanliness of Obama supporting men in NYC.

Liberals, of course, think the joke is that conservatives blame Obama for everything. I think they’re delusional, but I’ll let the moments speak for themselves.

Kensington on August 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Good to hear those guys giving props to Mort Sahl, who was waaaaay ahead of his time.

One of his lines from the ’50s I never forgot was “The last headline of the San Francisco Chronicle will be ‘World Ends: Women And Minorities Hardest Hit.’ ”

Imagine.

warbaby on August 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The same people who will not laugh at Obama jokes would line up to be seen laughing at a Bill Maher Religulous joke.

Their savior is not the same one that most of us consider ours.

CycloneCDB on August 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I called my brother in Chicago a couple of years ago. He’s a big liberal, a huge Obama supporter, worked to get him elected. He’s an independent contractor, so I say, with this tough economy, how’s business? And he replies, “Oh, it’s hard with that n****r in the White House”. Absolutely true story. I just asked him a simple question. Never mentioned Obama in the phone call.

I figure that’s what liberals hear every time someone criticizes Obama. So, naturally, any criticism of Obama upsets them. That quote above, it’s very offensive. And if that’s what they hear when Obama is criticized … I’d be upset too.

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM

And that’s probably the only reason why you don’t like him. Be honest. Oh how do you all say it here.. Raaaaacist right? Okkk

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Oh please.

I don’t like this Administrations polices at all…so does that make me a racist?

Or is it because that Obama’s policies are so abhorrent to the American societies’ survival, that I reject them out of hand and wish that none of them ever have seen the light of day?

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Because there is nothing funny about Totalitarianism/Marxist Communism…
Just ask the hundreds of millions sent to the Gulags and their familes murdered by the regimes that embraced the inhumane farce of “The Workers Paradise”…

Strike Hornet on August 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?
because he is black
burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

But, he is only black some of the time…

“Stated policy, publicly stated, [of the Tea Party] is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What … underlines that? Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we do to get this black man … outta here.”

- Morgan Freeman, 26 September 2011

“They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white – very white American, Kansas, middle America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president – he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”

- Morgan Freeman, 6 July 2012

Resist We Much on August 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

…VIRGINIA…!!!…did you know you could use NAIR…and save yourself time shaving…and then pat yourself with Ben gay.
Two creams!…that should make you whinny!

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

The self-righteous mindset and lack of humility displayed by all too many liberals are reflected in their inability to appreciate humor directed at their icons or themselves. Those insecure in their beliefs react with reflexive hostility.

novaculus on August 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Since Obama is so thin-skinned this is doubly true with him.
Romney needs to do more poking fun of Obama and Biden.
albill on August 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Yes, maybe Romney should all but abandon discussion of policy, and straight out ridicule and mock. This really works, and it makes the voter think that whatever the policy is, they’re against.

As Groucho Marx said in Duck Soup (or was it Alphabet Soup?): “Whatever it is, I’m against it.” (At the time this was of course being parodied as a nonsensical and laughable position, but this was exactly when FDR was doing his Socialize America Part 1 act. So “Whatever it is, I’m against it” was the good position to take.)

anotherJoe on August 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

When I saw Dana Carvey recently he did a bit about Obama in the bedroom trying to talk Michelle into getting frisky. He had the ping-ponging head and voice down pat. It was pretty funny.

Ditkaca on August 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Actually, Mort Sahl wrote the Jokes in John Kennedy’s speeches.

What killed Mort’s carreer was his insistance that the Warren Commission had botched the investigation into Kennedy’s assassination and he devoted much time and effort into deriving the truth as to what really happened.

jaydee_007 on August 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

So what I’m seeing described here is…fear. Comedians don’t make fun of big-eared barack because liberals are terrorists. Ain’t that grand?

Rational Thought on August 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey: Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

A rhetorical question, I’m sure.

Among the many reasons:
1. OBOZO is already viewed as a national joke; comedians add little to that.
2. The lunatic-left – like their radical islamic brothers – have fully replaced their “sense of humor” with violent, uncontrolled hatred of anything and everyone that isn’t part of their socialist borg-like collective.
3. Laughing at ANY black for any reason is “racist” according to the lunatic-left.

TeaPartyNation on August 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

One: Plain and simple, Stewart’s funnier. End of story.

On that line alone, AP we gotta disagree strongly.

Stewart is amusing, but he’s not funny.

Even accounting for having a team of of Red Bull fueled monkeys typing out one liners: Opie and Anthony really could give him a hell of a lot of help on savaging *everyone* no matter the political spectrum.

However, I’d rather watch Stewart than that toll bridge- collecting Troll on HBO, Maher….and that’s saying a lot.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Okkk

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So how did it feel to being ” Franked ” by Robert Byrd as a kid ?

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?

Because Attaaaaaack Waaaaaaaatch the Obama Truth Team never sleeps.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

It has nothing to do with his being Black. It’s because Obama has no sense of humor himself and is extremely thin-skinned. He has displayed this many times, he really can’t take any criticism. Comics will make fun of someone who they know can take it and will laugh back or give as good as they get. Reagan, GWB, Clinton, all had that ability. Obama does not. Only the most extreme or bravest comics will make fun of someone who they know will be upset and angry, especially someone in authority who has a support base.

Deanna on August 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Resist We Much on August 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Morgan Freeman, the guy who dates his grand-daughter :D

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Don’t you get it?

Because while liberals talk about tolerance, they can’t stand to be laughed at.

They’ll make a folk hero out of Tina Fey for her impression of Sarah Palin but if comedians start moving off the reservation and poking fun at liberals, it’s hey man, that ain’t funny!

itsspideyman on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Deanna, I agree. He can’t stand his wife’s jokes about his ears, let alone anyone else’s criticism. But of course, if you make fun of Barry’s record and policies, like anyone else you are a RAAAAACIST.

Philly on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Jon Stewart goofs on Obama sporadically and “The Daily Show” crowd laughs along, albeit a bit less heartily than when he’s focused on The Enemy.

Pretty sure Stewart’s audience would laugh if Jon cam out an set a puppy on fire.

BigWyo on August 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Well, there’s always Paul Shanklin who does a better Obama than Obama.

stukinIL4now on August 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

because he is black

burrata on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

More than just black, he’s a black democratic. Look at the way the tv comics were all over Herman Cain, and in fact they still are. Much more tempting targets of comedy like Al Shlapton and Jesse Jackson have never been touched. Jackson’s little adventure with Holder? Verboten.

It’s telling that the best and only imitator of little Bammie’s voice is the half-deaf Rush Limbaugh, not a comedian.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

The fact that Liberals refuse to make fun of Obama shows just how much they have invested in him. He is the POTUS they’ve been waiting for since 11/22/63. He’s the embodiment of what every left wing punk rocker student and every left wing hippie professor who ever shared a beer together after class has been pining for in order to finally change this horrible, awful country of ours into something that THEY can be proud of (just like Nipsy FLOTUS). I can’t wait to see these idiots have a collective coronary when he becomes a one termer, unlike the Worst. President. Ever.

Funniest thing is if they had JFK now they wouldn’t like him a little bit. He was most his father’s son from a societal viewpoint – he knew people were rich and poor, mostly depending on individual effort, and that’s the way things are supposed to be. He was not a believer in the social safety net, or hardly in civil rights.

They wouldn’t like him at all.

jclittlep on August 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Let’s also not forget that Steve Bridges’ act (RIP) was considered riotous when he was ‘doing’ President George W. Bush, but when he did exactly the same thing with little Bammie, he was banned from network and cable TV.

You can only see his Bammie act on Youtube.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Obama is a Progressive. The Democratic Party especially in the years after the Clinton Decade, have drifted further to the radical side.

Hollywood has drifted…RAN…to that direction also in that time-frame. We have the DNC being run as if its a movie shoot and that any mistakes can be “scripted” to always make the real culprit out to be a member of the VRWC.

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

This is a much better explanation. As liberals have become more and more extreme dissent is being increasingly policed in the media and even in official circles. Obama is already going after political opponents with the IRS and such.

It probably won’t be long now until serious attempts are made to outright criminalize anti-socialist speech.

Doomberg on August 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

And that’s probably the only reason why you don’t like him. Be honest. Oh how do you all say it here.. Raaaaacist right? Okkk

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And this is why we hate you. You hide like a coward behind ambiguity. Were you serious or not when you constantly cite race as our reason behind every criticism of Obama? If we claim you were and point out how stupid it is, you can just claim it was satire, or “ironic commentary”. If you go balls-to-the-wall claiming that everyone who disagrees with you is just a big racist, you look like a nutjob.

Either way, you’re a coward and an intellectual amoeba.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Because it’s hard to tell jokes with a rooster in your mouth????

ScottG on August 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

You know who else didn’t get many funny jokes made about him? Stalin.

Cicero43 on August 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I’m certain Mussolini & Hitler didn’t either.

Badger40 on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Radical Islamists seem to be lacking a sense of humor, too.

Bitter Clinger on August 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

And that’s probably the only reason why you don’t like him. Be honest. Oh how do you all say it here.. Raaaaacist right? Okkk

Uppereastside on August 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Yep, it’s true! You’ve got us all pegged.

This morning I had black coffee (racist) with light toast (racist) spread with peanut butter (racist), jumped into my Toyota (racist) and went to work (classist).

Y’know what my favorite sandwich is? Turkey on rye with mayonnaise and mustard. Why, that’s racist!

I ran a yellow light today. How racist of me!

In other words, the word “racist” has been so diluted by overuse and inaccurate use that it has no more meaning.

People of good will used to wince and apologize profusely if informed that something they had just said, no matter how innocuous, was racist. Not any more — and do you know why? Because your fellow-travelers have beaten the word to death. You used it to manipulate people and to get your own way in an underhanded fashion. And now the word is dead. It holds no more terrors for me or for many, many others.

As I often say on these pages,

Oh, I’m a racist,
He’s a racist,
She’s a racist,
We’re all racists,
Wouldn’t you like to be a racist, too?
(Be a racist,
Make fun of Obama,
Be a racist,
Make fun of Obama…
)

Mary in LA on August 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Either way, you’re a coward and an intellectual amoeba.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The Amoeba community demands an apology.

Axe on August 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Here’s the entire audio clip, complete with Carvey’s Obama impression:

http://www.dennismillerradio.com/b/Carvey-and-Lovitz-Talk-Shop/-409720273034545060.html

Stu Gotts on August 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Because he’s a thin-skinned pantywaist, that’s why you can’t make fun of him. He’s wimpy. He can’t take criticism. And he’s got a pocketful of liberal defenders that will label you as a racist bigot the moment you make fun of him, even if it means your career is toast. THEY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING HE SAYS OR DOES, just like a bunch of lemmings.

scalleywag on August 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Here’s a joke Stalin told (from Prospect Magazine):

…a visit from a Georgian delegation: They come, they talk to Stalin, and then they go, heading off down the Kremlin’s corridors. Stalin starts looking for his pipe. He can’t find it. He calls in Beria, the dreaded head of his secret police. “Go after the delegation, and find out which one took my pipe,” he says. Beria scuttles off down the corridor. Five minutes later Stalin finds his pipe under a pile of papers. He calls Beria–”Look, I’ve found my pipe.” “It’s too late,” Beria says, “half the delegation admitted they took your pipe, and the other half died during questioning.”

JimC on August 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The Media, Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Communists and Leftists protect Obama like musk oxen encircling a weakling calf. It is the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations.’

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Because it makes people feel uneasy when you make fun of folks that are challenged in so many ways.

esnap on August 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

JimC on August 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

LOL….I got one just like that…can’t remember if it’s Russain or Georgian…

“The trains always run on time; when you’re telling the passengers when to Get on/off…”

I’m sure it sounds better in another language, but the sentiment comes through…

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Are there any comics who do make fun of Obama? What are the best mockeries of Obama on youtube?

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 1, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Are there any comics who do make fun of Obama? What are the best mockeries of Obama on youtube?

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 1, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Search: Steve Bridges Obama

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

warbaby on August 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle would not have a headline like:

“World Ends…Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.”

Based on my latest visit there it would be:

“World Ends..Infanticide of all White Males years ago would have saved us.”

A conservative “friend” on Facebook was in near apoplexy over the Abe Lincoln movie where the Great Emancipator fought vampires.

Compared to how he was treated while alive, that was nothing.

But you can’t kid about someone who can control the seas and the worst audience is those fools who believed him.

IlikedAUH2O on August 2, 2012 at 1:23 AM

there’s never been anything malicious in his political comedy

Indeed. That’s one reason that Will Ferrell is so unpleasant. At best he patronizes Bush, at worst he loathes him. “Look here; I’m an idiot!” But then Ferrell has consistently played idiots in his work. Perhaps there’s a reason why….

If Gore had won, perhaps Ferrell could have done the impression of him; after all, both seem stiff and uncomfortable in their own skin. That might have cost Gore the Presidency, but it would’ve made him a better match for Ferrell, who could not — liberal or not — help but add a ManBearPig-ish idiocy to any impression he’d do.

calbear on August 2, 2012 at 1:34 AM

I’m certain Mussolini & Hitler didn’t either.

Badger40 on August 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

That was absolutely true in Italy and Germany. Their citizens were oppressed, not suicidal. But in the US they were mocked mercilessly.

Extrafishy on August 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM