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Comedy night at the White House

Obama’s comedy routine at the White house Corrrespondents’ Dinner was both funnier and edgier than I would have expected. Oh, some jokes were pure Johnny Carson, (“How about that Joe Biden? I wouldn’t say he’s talkative, but he’s personally responsible for the Amtrak Quiet Car now having armed conductors. Heyo!”), but some had real bite. Fun.

Wanda Sykes was funny, too, although she did go over the line a couple of times, imo. The Limbaugh jokes in particular were just mean. But I’d rather have the institutionalized dinner go over the line than say so far below it. (See here, starting 2 minutes in. And watch the audience cutaways.)

The whole ritual is as close as we get to giving our president a court jester to keep him humble. But the expectation that the president is going to do stand-up, well, it’s a tad bizarre. And I like it.

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2 Responses to “Comedy night at the White House”

  1. “Humble”? Is that what the Obama fans think of him? That’s like saying Biden is tongue-tied.

    Sykes the dyke was definitely her most vicious self, hoping for Rush to die of kidney failure. At least the guy never wished anyone dead (except bin Laden). The medai just merrily yucks it up however.

    Far cry from the Bush dinners. It’s amazing that some jerk journalist didn’t plant a bomb under the podium for W.

  2. Pat Walter- “Sykes the dyke”??? What relevance is that? (I will admit to not having watched this yet, and to knowing nothing about Ms. Sykes. I doubt that is her chosen sobriquet, though. I hoped we had come further than this.

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