It seems that late night comedians and others are having a hard time actually making fun of Obama. Mike Barry, who has went after every major political figure from his days writing for Johnny Carson until his time with David Letterman, told the New York Times, the reasons why Obama wasn’t a good target for laughs.
He first says, "The thing is, he’s not buffoonish in any way. He’s not a comical figure." Really? I think the better answer comes with Barry’s later rationalization of their lack of lampooning the current Democratic nominee, "I think some of us were maybe too quick to caricature Al Gore and
John Kerry and there’s maybe some reluctance to do the same thing to
him." (Hmm, no mention of being too quick to caricature either Pres. Bush, Dan Quayle, Bob Dole or any other Republican. I wonder why?)
Either way – Obama is too godlike to be funny or they don’t want to aid the Republicans in creating a caricature – many have taken to helping the writers in their attempts to create some acceptable Obama comedy. Here are some of the favorites I have read.
From BumperStickerist , via Ace:
Barack Obama took his wife and children to see a talent show agent. The agent asked Senator Obama what the family act was.
Senator Obama explained that his family represented the opportunity
for change, the ability of people to improve their lives through
hard work, that children can reach their potential even at the cost of
ten to fifteen thousand dollars per year in music lessons and summer
camps, that families can struggle to eat healthy foods, such as fresh
fruit and leafy greens, and, that all this can happen despite being
limited to speaking in one language.
The agent sat back, decided he would never smoke again, order
healthier foods that contained zero transfats, begin saving a
percentage of his income, donate to charity, and invest in that
RosettaStone package he’d seen advertised on television, and asked
Senator Obama what the name of his act was.
How many Barack Obamas does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. Barack simply hopes and the light bulb changes itself.
My personal favorite:
Barack Obama, Maureen Dowd, and Bob Novak are standing at the Pearly
Gates. Barack says to Maureen Dowd – "So, why should I let you in?"
From the Borowitz Report:
Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station
attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, "You know, we don’t
get many kangaroos here." Barack Obama replies, "At these prices, I’m
not surprised. That’s why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign
A Christian, a Jew and Barack Obama are in a rowboat in the middle of
the ocean. Barack Obama says, "This joke isn’t going to work because
there’s no Muslim in this boat."
From a reader at The Campaign Spot:
Barack Obama walks into a bar. The bartender says to him, "What’ll you
have, Mr. Obama?" Barack beams at him, "Why don’t call me Mr. Obama,
good barkeep. Call me Barry. I’ll have a Tom Collins."
out a sawbuck and places it on the bar as the bartender returns with
his drink. Obama looks at it then looks at the bartender and grins. "Thanks," he says as his lifts the glass and takes a sip.
vanishes as he sprays the liquid onto the bartender. Wiping his face,
the bartender, growls, "What’s the matter, you don’t like the drink?" "It’s not that. That’s just not the Tom Collins I knew."
For the not so serious, anybody got any good Obama (or McCain jokes)? For the serious, is it okay to joke about Obama?