It was supposed to be hard to joke about Obama. White liberal comics were afraid to touch on race. Obama came to office in serious times. But it was also Obama’s image. He ran on a lofty persona unlike any candidate since Reagan. But in the case of Obama, the liberal pop culture was buying and selling it. Obama was to bring, “change, we can believe in.”

But the change maker has not made change–at least not on the hard fights, not yet. Hillary Clinton once asked why Obama “can’t close the deal.” Her dig is now a punch line. And most people get the joke, except CNN…

As Garry Trudeau, of “Doonesbury” fame, told one reporter, “For something to be funny, the audience has to be in a position to sense the truth of it.” And SNL’s lampoon of Obama was funny.