The mutual admiration society – Obama and his media got together last night for a “How awesome am I” round of guffaws.
The punchline of the headline joke was “apologies to the Fox table” which would have been funny had Fox not joined the chorus campaign time. I guess they finally made it official – they were all having fun at our expense (or at least all the idiots who follow their lead), patting themselves on the back for the fast one they pulled on everybody.
And his holiness deigned to kid himself
“My next 100 days will be so successful, I will complete them in 72 days. And on the 73rd day, I will rest.”
Wanda Sykes, whom I usually find funny, delivered such edgy zingers as calling Rush Limbaugh a traitor for saying he wanted Obama to fail and elaborating that he must have been the 20th hijacker on 9.11, The “you’re with us or you’re a terrorist” kinda humor…Entertainment Weekly just loved her! Here’s her joke in her own words if you think I missed anything
“That’s treason,” she said. “That’s not saying anything different from what Osama bin Laden is saying… I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight.” Yow. “Too much?” she asked rhetorically.
Maybe Sykes should heed Molly Ivins advice :
There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our
foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The
other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s
what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against
the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the
powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.
And, in the same spirit, when covering the event, Washington Post didn’t miss one more opportunity to kick Bill Clinton – just for fun:
The star power was reminiscent of the Bill Clinton years but with a key difference: Clinton courted Hollywood to augment his pop-culture stature, while Obama doesn’t have to..
No. Obama never had to anything. Not even miss watching Entourage while pretending to campaign.
It was always laid there for him. He’s THAT awesome.
We’re not worthy!
“Rush Limbaugh [says] ‘I hope the country fails.” I hope his kidneys fail. How about that? He needs some waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”
I remembered the end of ivins quote: “it’s vulgar and cruel, like kicking a dog”
Speaking od which, here’s a sample of Sykes “humor” about the powerful
About the criticism Obama received from animal rights activists concerning his choice of a pedigreed pup,” Sykes said, “The man has to rescue a country that’s been abused by its previous owner. Let him have a dog.”
And also “lets blame all women” humor:
She also poked fun at Nancy Pelosi, saying it was the House Speaker’s idea for Obama and VP Joe Biden to grab hamburgers for lunch the other day. (“You guys can’t hang out out together. What’d she say, ‘Why don’t you boys go out and get a bite’? You know she was a Hillary supporter.”)
Not exactly what Colbert did. As Niki Finke noted:
But, unlike Imus or Colbert, Wanda Sykes didn’t lay a glove on the sitting president Barack Obama. Instead, she reserved her barbs for people who weren’t there:..
Also, interesting what AP chose to report…and leave out