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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 8 years
Wow 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 8 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
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.
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.
stephley stephley 8 years
Ugh Jazz Z - two of him!
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
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.
zeze zeze 8 years
*sorry, meant to write Stephley
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Comedians have not gotten lazy they are in fear of being called racists." Yes, because the only thing you can make jokes about have to revolve around race! :oy: There are plenty of things you can make fun of someone for that doesn't involve race. I find it funny that people are so worked up about Obama's perceived "hypersensitivity", when McCain got all worked up when Obama innocently said he had "lost his bearings"...which is a nautical term meaning you have lost your direction.
zeze zeze 8 years
Stephy those made me chuckle, thanks. I love Chris Rock, I can't help it. This one almost got me in trouble in the office: ""...And the Washington Monument - they're going to add a couple of feet to it." - Blaine Capatch"
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Samantha- you sound bored darling.
stephley stephley 8 years
Jackson has been taken seriously in the past, and has been the butt of many jokes by black and white comedians. I don't think Dave Chappell, Bernie Mac or Chris Rock are afraid - this is from Mercury last month: "The quips range from mild-mannered lines about how Obama's suspect bowling skills prove his blackness to Chris Rock's bit about how the politician would be more electable with a compliant white wife rather than the assertive - and black - Michelle Obama. Ralphie May, a white comedian who is among the few crossover acts popular among black audiences, said comedians are doing a disservice if they ignore Obama's ethnicity... And indeed May can't resist making an Obama joke, noting that he used to think the politician was Latino rather than black. "Obama sounds kind of Spanish," the hefty funnyman said in his Arkansas drawl, "Like, 'Cómo se llama, Obama?' El Presidente!" W. Kamau Bell, the San Francisco: I'm voting for Barack Obama," he says in his show. "Not for the reason you expect. I did it because he's black. Not because he's intelligent, or well spoken or represents hope. Nope. You had me at Negro." "We've always had to say, does this white man like us?" said Mooney, who's writing the memoir "Too Black for Hollywood." "We've always had to think race. And this is the first time white people have had to think race." "Recent jokes involving Barack Obama and race: • "These pundits can be very unfair. They always ask Barack Obama if he's black enough. Nobody asks Mitt Romney if he's white enough. Well, I guess he is white enough." - Jay Leno • "As if Obama doesn't have enough problems, he's being accused by members of the African-American community of not being black enough. What the hell does that mean? As your designated cracker for this evening, let me just say we don't make those kinds of distinctions. Trust me - he's plenty black." - Will Durst • "If white people think that black people in America reacted to the O.J. verdict, if Obama gets into White House house, we're going to go crazy. We'll be partying like we're in the Mardi Gras and screaming out 'Obama beat yo' Mama!' The first thing I'm going to do is get on the first public bus and tell white people, "Get in the back where you belong. Obama is president!" - Paul Mooney • "Senator Hillary Clinton has now lost eight primaries in a row to Barack Obama. Hillary dismissed Obama's success by saying, 'He's only winning states with a huge African-American population - like Maine.' " - Conan O'Brien, during the primaries • "Barack has a handicap the other candidates don't have: Barack Obama has a black wife. And I don't think a black woman can be first lady of the United States. Yeah, I said it! A black woman can be president, no problem. First lady? Can't do it. You know why? Because a black woman cannot play the background of a relationship. Just imagine telling your black wife that you're president? 'Honey, I did it! I won! I'm the president.' 'No, we the president! And I want my girlfriends in the Cabinet! I want Kiki to be Secretary of State! She can fight!' " - Chris Rock Several comedians were asked to comment on what sort of changes would come to the White House if Barack Obama is elected president. Here is what they said: • "They'll be painting the White House black. And I hope white folks don't burn it down. It will be the first president living in a trailer" - Paul Mooney • "Less Van Cliburn, more Stevie Wonder. Gets rid of the poached salmon on bruschetta rounds; brings out the braised catfish on beds of mustard greens. White House now refered to as 'The Big Crib.' When papers talk about 'Obama's Posse,' they mean his cabinet." - Will Durst • "In mid-January, there is going to be helluva good barbecue. And I think that 'Hail to the Chief' will get an update and maybe a DJ will skip it a little bit." - Ralphie May • "His presidential limo will have spinning rims and the secret service will all have bow ties. And the Washington Monument - they're going to add a couple of feet to it." - Blaine Capatch • Racists are "afraid that the moment he takes that oath of office, he's immediately turning into (Flavor) Flav...And from now on there's gonna be Newports and grape drink served in the Rose Garden." - Robin Williams on "The Tonight Show," June 24 • "Can you imagine how many times the presidential motorcade is going to get pulled over for, DWB - driving while black? And he'll have to retrain the Secret Service to stop getting nervous every time there's black guy around." - W. Kamau Bell
samantha999 samantha999 8 years
Black comedians have been treading lightly on him and Jackson is not taken seriously to begin with so joking about him & his nuts is nothing. People fear if you are black and make a crack you are going against your own and if you are white and make the crack you are a racist. He has been treated with kid gloves by the press and the entertainment industry.
stephley stephley 8 years
Do you think black comedians are afraid of being called racist? The Daily Show? Larry Wilmore hasn't shied away from poking Obama. Comedians weren't afraid of Jesse Jackson, why Obama? As long as it's humor and not simply falling back on sterotypes, there shouldn't be a problem for an actually funny comedian.
syako syako 8 years
Oh, I wish I were too cool for this story. But I'm not. If all you want is serious, hard-hitting news, why are you on this site? wake up on the wrong side of the bed this mornin'? :ponder:
samantha999 samantha999 8 years
Comedians have not gotten lazy they are in fear of being called racists.
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