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Barack Obama: Is America Ready For an Un-Funny President?

George W. Bush may have his critics, but comedians should not be among those eager to have him leave the public stage, especially if the un-funny Obama becomes president.

Bill Clinton's womanizing, Al Gore's monotone persona, and George W. Bush's trouble with words define them in "funny" terms. But no one can seem to pin down what defining characteristic makes Obama funny. Jon Stewart shared what his team has come up with: “Our take is that he’s positioning himself to be on a coin.” Um, ha ha?

Others think political correctness has killed America's sense of humor, along with the candidate's. Rumor has it that Obama told Maureen Dowd of the NY Times that he is hypersensitive to remarks about his ears. And of course there is the "race factor" — white writers and comedians tend to stay away from that subject.

Perhaps comedians have gotten lazy over the last eight years. After all, you just have to roll a tape of Bush talking to, or dancing with, a foreign leader to get outbursts of laughter. You might remember the 2004 lampoon of Bush and Kerry by the Jib Jab team — the parody of This Land is Your Land? Well, they're baaa-a-ck! Check it out and see if this is the way to funny up '08.

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laurenj laurenj 7 years
Wow auntie...you are so sadly misinformed on so many different levels...You should get your facts straight before you leave people as miserably confused as you are. "I can't comprehend people...blah blah blah...Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of.Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of" = totally irrelevant You do not know the relationship b/t BO & adoptive father, and since the book was expressive of his sentiments toward his BIOLOGICAL father, (not his legally adoptive father) there was no point in BO telling us about Soetero. His mother chose to keep alive the memory of the man whose DNA runs through his veins, whose name he holds, which is honorable. "No wonder he has no sense of humor..." Once again your irrelevance and inability make a relative point amazes me. "For laughs, list ten things Obama has done for this Country... good for a laugh."I started to make that list then realized (at number 12) how ignorant i would feel to dignify YOUR ignorance with the answer to that so i decided to give one that a repub friend of mine actually mentioned to me: He hasn't been POW or enlisted in any realm of the forces, but this man is putting his life, as well as the lives of his 2 beautiful daughters and wonderful wife on the line all for the POSSIBILITY (not even the guarantee) of having the chance to make a much needed change in this country - FOR this country.
laurenj laurenj 7 years
Wow auntie...you are so sadly misinformed on so many different levels...You should get your facts straight before you leave people as miserably confused as you are. "I can't comprehend people...blah blah blah...Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of.Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of" = totally irrelevant You do not know the relationship b/t BO & adoptive father, and since the book was expressive of his sentiments toward his BIOLOGICAL father, (not his legally adoptive father) there was no point in BO telling us about Soetero. His mother chose to keep alive the memory of the man whose DNA runs through his veins, whose name he holds, which is honorable. "No wonder he has no sense of humor..." Once again your irrelevance and inability make a relative point amazes me. "For laughs, list ten things Obama has done for this Country... good for a laugh." I started to make that list then realized (at number 12) how ignorant i would feel to dignify YOUR ignorance with the answer to that so i decided to give one that a repub friend of mine actually mentioned to me: He hasn't been POW or enlisted in any realm of the forces, but this man is putting his life, as well as the lives of his 2 beautiful daughters and wonderful wife on the line all for the POSSIBILITY (not even the guarantee) of having the chance to make a much needed change in this country - FOR this country.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
I can't comprehend people who think Barry Soetoro-Obama is "black" enough. Black? He's got Kenyan ancestors not black American ancestors. He's not related in any way to the Civil Rights movement, other than that he used Affirmative Action to get into colleges and universities. He's never been on an anniversary march from Selma to Montgomery. He wasn't a member of any Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of.Barry Dunham was adopted by Indonesian Lolo Soetoro who married Barry's mother and was made an Indonesian Citizen. His original birth certificate was sealed at the time of that adoption. His legal father is Lolo Soetoro, not Barack Obama, Sr. But he writes a book about the Absent Father as if the man was a near-perfect hero and ignores the man who raised him and adopted him. No wonder he has no sense of humor, the way he treated his adopted father wasn't humerous, it was cruel. Obama wears his "feelings" on his sleeve and anything negative is taken as a person affront. So why not make jokes about his integrity (give examples), his honesty (give examples), his experience (he even said he didn't have any and you can find the speech he gave at you tube), his patriotism (if you can find any, he's known for not holding his hand over his heart or singing the National Anthem, and not reciting the pledge of allegiance), or his modesty (let us know if this even exists), and his ability to laugh at himself. While you are at it, find his verified certified birth certificate and his legal papers verifying his name change from Barry Soetoro to Barack Hussein Muhammad Obama, Jr (or II as was on the fraudulent birth cert he put up at "stop the smears." Oh, there's fodder for some jokes: his stop the smears site is garnering more smears because he put up a fraudulent birth certificate and claimed it was his. Heck, you can go to any major city in the USofA and pay to buy a birth certificate that looks real if your name is Jose' or Jesus.For laughs, list ten things Obama has done for this Country. Now THAT would be good for a laugh.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
I can't comprehend people who think Barry Soetoro-Obama is "black" enough. Black? He's got Kenyan ancestors not black American ancestors. He's not related in any way to the Civil Rights movement, other than that he used Affirmative Action to get into colleges and universities. He's never been on an anniversary march from Selma to Montgomery. He wasn't a member of any Black Civil Rights organization that I've read of. Barry Dunham was adopted by Indonesian Lolo Soetoro who married Barry's mother and was made an Indonesian Citizen. His original birth certificate was sealed at the time of that adoption. His legal father is Lolo Soetoro, not Barack Obama, Sr. But he writes a book about the Absent Father as if the man was a near-perfect hero and ignores the man who raised him and adopted him. No wonder he has no sense of humor, the way he treated his adopted father wasn't humerous, it was cruel. Obama wears his "feelings" on his sleeve and anything negative is taken as a person affront. So why not make jokes about his integrity (give examples), his honesty (give examples), his experience (he even said he didn't have any and you can find the speech he gave at you tube), his patriotism (if you can find any, he's known for not holding his hand over his heart or singing the National Anthem, and not reciting the pledge of allegiance), or his modesty (let us know if this even exists), and his ability to laugh at himself. While you are at it, find his verified certified birth certificate and his legal papers verifying his name change from Barry Soetoro to Barack Hussein Muhammad Obama, Jr (or II as was on the fraudulent birth cert he put up at "stop the smears." Oh, there's fodder for some jokes: his stop the smears site is garnering more smears because he put up a fraudulent birth certificate and claimed it was his. Heck, you can go to any major city in the USofA and pay to buy a birth certificate that looks real if your name is Jose' or Jesus. For laughs, list ten things Obama has done for this Country. Now THAT would be good for a laugh.
orisugar orisugar 8 years
Ok, then let me rephrase: The last time America prioritized issues that were trivial (a.k.a voting for a candidate you'd most like to have a beer with), we ended up with George W Bush.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I don't think we prioritized funny, per se. There was a lot of chatter about voting for the candidate you'd most like to have a beer with, but not who you'd most like to see parodied on SNL.
orisugar orisugar 8 years
The last time America prioritized funny, we ended up with George Bush.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Anything beyond an emotion might be novel to you.
syako syako 8 years
:bossy:
syako syako 8 years
:bossy:
syako syako 8 years
sorry, from here on out I will only write novels.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Good point.:oops: I must say I thought the one on the right appeared the most genuine.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Good point.:oops: I must say I thought the one on the right appeared the most genuine.
stephley stephley 8 years
I meant at the podiums.
stephley stephley 8 years
I meant at the podiums.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I thought we could just enjoy the comedy our current President provides. I don't know what the big deal is. If you're really that interested, the first time I posted it, it didn't post so I sent again and it didn't post. Apparently it had to be approved first.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I thought we could just enjoy the comedy our current President provides. I don't know what the big deal is. If you're really that interested, the first time I posted it, it didn't post so I sent again and it didn't post. Apparently it had to be approved first.
stephley stephley 8 years
Ugh Jazz Z - two of him!
stephley stephley 8 years
Ugh Jazz Z - two of him!
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzFohgYbnA&feature=related
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzFohgYbnA&feature=related
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Very funny, Undave! ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Very funny, Undave! ;)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
wake up on the wrong side of the bed this mornin'? No, I just get exasperated when a comment is just an eye roll or just, "This is stupid, why are we even talking about this?" It's citizensugar. Not cspan.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I know I plan on votingfor the next president based on how many jokes can be made at their expense.
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