The most surprising thing about President Obama’s news conference yesterday was that anybody took it seriously.
Can’t all you pundits and news analysts get a joke? Does anybody have a sense of humor anymore?
Obama’s comments were loaded with great jokes his staff had written, and they must have been crestfallen that nobody got any of them.
Really really really really we’re going to close the deficit in any meaningful way by taxing the purchase of private jets? Obama must have been joking. He was! That’s why he said it about ten times, hoping everyone would get it, but nobody seems to have done so.
But he was just warming up, as many comics do. He got to one of his best punchlines during his discussion of entitlement reform.
So we’re going to have to look at entitlements — and that’s always difficult politically. But I’ve been willing to say we need to see where we can reduce the cost of health care spending and Medicare and Medicaid in the out-years, not by shifting costs on to seniors, as some have proposed, but rather by actually reducing those costs. But even if we’re doing it in a smart way, that’s still tough politics. But it’s the right thing to do.
Excuse me, we’re going to save money on a program for seniors without adding costs to seniors? Are farmers going to start milking cows buy pulling their tails?
Did nobody think this Obamajoke was funny? I cancelled a meeting I had later in the day because I still couldn’t stop laughing from this one.
Okay, not really.
Obama also threw in a joke about his opposition to same-sex marriage. DOES ANYBODY ON PLANET EARTH ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT OBAMA REALLY OPPOSES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE OTHER THAN FOR PURELY POLITICAL REASONS?
This, actually, is a running gag, and everyone’s getting a little tired of it, so Obama signalled he’s about to dump it from his routine.
I’ll keep on giving you the same answer until I give you a different one, all right? And that won’t be today.
The polls are suggesting he might be able to put this one to bed without too much – if any – political damage.
For another joke, I’m told Obama had two ghostwriters from outside the White House. Here’s the joke. It was cracked during his discussion of the application of the War Powers Resolution to the war with Libya. Can you tell me who the joke writers are?
I want to talk about the substance of Libya because there’s been all kinds of noise about process and congressional consultation and so forth.
“Noise” about the balance of powers that is the heart of the Constitution?
You guessed it. The joke was written by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, who are hanging out together in Cuba while Chavez convalesces from some kind of explosion that occurred in his groin area.
All in all, a classic routine from the president.