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Well, it appears that the John McCain campaign -- among others -- have discovered Barack Obama's secret weakness, his Achilles heel, his kryptonite. And it's one I've discussed before:

The man seems to have no sense of humor.

As trivial as that sounds, it holds a great deal of weight with the American people. And, I believe, it is a key element of character, and indicates a great deal about a person.

And Obama doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humor.

That is finally being seen as the weakness it is. His opponents have begun to realize that the best way to highlight Obama's weaknesses is through gentle humor, chiding, playful mockery. Not hard, in-your-face slams, but the affable teasing that we have grown accustomed to as a society.

Last night, John Stansbury posted here the "Obamassiah" video put together by Fox News, featuring photos and videos of Obama played with Gerard Baker reading his brilliant satirical biography of Obama.

As I said, the McCain camp seems to be getting it, too. They put together an ad highlighting Obama's... um... tendencies:





But beating them both to the punch was Mary Katharine Ham, once a part of the Wizbang family, for her final HamNation:





(I LOVE the little falsetto "Obama!" cry. I find myself wanting to use it all the time.)

On the other hand, here's a guy who's not afraid to laugh at himself:





Americans like to laugh. If we can't laugh with our politicians, we'll laugh at them.

The former will get our votes. The latter, not so much.


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Comments (35)

I knew Obama had little abi... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

I knew Obama had little ability to laugh at himself when he got so hot about the reference to his ears way back in the beginning. It set the tone right at the get-go and much has been said about his lack of a sense of humor. His supporters won't even stand for a little poking fun.

I voted for Bush, but I'm not so humorless that I don't find the video of all his stuttering hilarious. Even he has made remarks about it. He once described Arnold Schwarzenegger as speaking better English than he.

You have to be able to laugh at yourself from time to time. It's one of the best things my father taught me.

And I love that McCain skit on Streisand. It still makes me laugh every time.

Please spare us oh independ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Please spare us oh independent one. We've had one idiot comedian in charge for 8 years and if the results weren't so sad it'd be funny. Personally I'd like a competent leader for a change, sense of humor or not.

JFO, so would the rest of A... (Below threshold)

JFO, so would the rest of America, let us know when one is running.

We've had one idiot come... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

We've had one idiot comedian in charge for 8 years


Now there's no reason to drag Hill Billy Boy back into this.

BHO's skin problem is showi... (Below threshold)
Tregonsee Author Profile Page:

BHO's skin problem is showing. It is the same one most Liberals and all Leftists have, and has nothing to do with the color or shape of that skin. It is just too thin.

Fortunately the big O has t... (Below threshold)

Fortunately the big O has the media around to cover for him - writing editorials and 'news' stories about McCain's 'vicious, low-road, attack ads' (which normal people recognize, like Jay says, as "gentle humor, chiding, playful mockery"). There was an AP blurb and an op/ed in my paper today savaging McCain for his classless, underhanded, meanspirited, and evil "attacks" on the big O.

It's not just Obama who has... (Below threshold)
cirby:

It's not just Obama who has the missing humor gene.

That's how you can tell the true-blue Obamaniacs from the regular old Democrats - say anything at all mocking about their guy, and they lose their friggin' MINDS.

Note, for example, JFO above. He went straight into snarling anger at a fairly lightweight series of comments on one blog. I've run into it with others, and thought I was going to get into a fistfight with one guy when I made a small jest about O-Man's lack of humor. Apparently, Obama makes all sorts of funny comments, none of which any of his supporters could remember, and I was an eeeeevile Bushfan for even mentioning it.

I was in the security line ... (Below threshold)
glenn:

I was in the security line at Charles De Gaulle in Paris the morning after the 2004 election. 20 something guy in front of me (American) asked politely if anyone had heard any election results. I told him politely that just before we left our hotel the BBC had reported Fox news among others calling Ohio for Bush which was true. He threw a real tantrum, swearing and cursing Bush, Fox News, and all those "right wingers" to the extent that he drew the attention of security. Nothing happened, but boy, you have got to be stupid to pull something like that in a security line.

I thought "The One" was mil... (Below threshold)
Rance:

I thought "The One" was mildly amusing. But now the internet is telling me it's a dogwhistle ad.

So is it a dogwhistle ad, a gentle poking fun at the opposition, or other. Discuss.

Seeing as the Chosen One ha... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Seeing as the Chosen One has no character, it would natually follow that he'd also be deficient in the humor department.

Once attended a management seminar; one of the observations made was "An organization (or person) without a sense of humor was an organization (or person) to be feared.

<a href="http://www.washing... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A48523-2005Feb23?language=printer

Heh. His lack of a sense of humor is actually ANOTHER flip-flop. Is there nothing this man can't reverse himself on?

Money quotes:

"'I am genuinely somebody who doesn't get caught up in the hype'"


"'I think me puncturing my own balloon is something that's not only calculated to endear me to others,' he says. 'But it helps remind me of who I am and where I've come from.'"


"Obama comes forth with all the right and humble bromides: 'I'm here to do a job,' 'I've been elected to improve people's lives,'"

and the best one:
"'This is not a glamorous existence,' Obama says. 'I didn't expect it to be.'"

How do you get that to jive with "O Force One?"

(I LOVE the little false... (Below threshold)

(I LOVE the little falsetto "Obama!" cry. I find myself wanting to use it all the time.)

It's the Mr. Bill "Oh no!" voice resurrected! LOL

Great video by Ham!!! LOL

And the McCain video is an f-ing riot!!!! How he pulled it off without bursting into laughter is amazing! LMAO

Remember that Obama begins ... (Below threshold)

Remember that Obama begins most of his "interviews" with "I have consistantly said in the past" followed by another flip-flop on (pick an issue).

The Messiah's got the Clinton's governing by polls down pat. "Change" we can believe in!----Gag me.

Obama, Ross Perot called, H... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Obama, Ross Perot called, He'd like his ears back.

lol, Matt!... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

lol, Matt!

Jay, Obama may not tell jok... (Below threshold)

Jay, Obama may not tell jokes about women being raped by gorillas and enjoying it like John McCain does, but believe me he still can be very funny at times, although his personality is more that of a dry intellectual who is a very serious and thoughtful man.

When Obama is funny, at least it's charming. When McCain attempts to be funny, It's bone-chilling and deeply disturbing.

Jay, Obama may not tell ... (Below threshold)

Jay, Obama may not tell jokes about women being raped by gorillas and enjoying it like John McCain does....It's bone-chilling and deeply disturbing.

Pardon the language in advance, Maggie...

Hooson, do us all a favor and keep your unfounded, unverified, poorly sourced bullshit about McCain's alleged racist jokes "overhead at Bullfeathers" over at Blue where it belongs.

Kinda like the unfounded, u... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Kinda like the unfounded, unverified, frequently poorly sourced bs about Obama on Wizbang which you as a regular reader here must enjoy? I say that because I've never read you twerping about it.

Peter F, You ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Peter F,

You were forgiven in advance. :)

Nice to see that you treat ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Nice to see that you treat both sides equall Maggie - no surprise that. Duh.

Nice to see that ... (Below threshold)
maggie:
Nice to see that you treat both sides equall Maggie - no surprise that.

JFO:
Why thank you!

Hey Paul H., how do you man... (Below threshold)

Hey Paul H., how do you manage to type in your comments when you're waving those Obama pom-poms around so vigorously? Good grief man, you make Andrea Mitchell look chaste and demure by comparison.

JFO, note that you and Hoos... (Below threshold)

JFO, note that you and Hooson were treated precisely as Peter F was: no banning, no deletions, no disemvowelling, not even any warnings. So what exactly what was your point?

Hooson, consider THIS your warning: I'm sick and tired of your constant monologuing and ignoring the topic at hand to tout whatever wanders out of your head and flops out of your mouth. You have two forums to dump your turds (both of which demand registration to comment, unlike Wizbang); stop trying to pry your way into here.

Disemvowelling, unpublishing, and banning are now all on the table at this point.

J.

Disemvowelling, un... (Below threshold)
marc:
Disemvowelling, unpublishing, and banning are now all on the table at this point.

J.

Have a neighborhood swipe his cheap assed non-union head injury inducing, child-labor produced scooter.

That would hurt much more.

So, as far as I can tell, t... (Below threshold)
max:

So, as far as I can tell, the gist of the post was, "McCain has a sense of humor and Obama doesn't" (classic Bush up-is-downism, by the way). Seems to me Paul was right on topic with an example of McCains horrific "sense of humor."

Nice tantrum, J.

max,Paul is repeatin... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

max,
Paul is repeating a rumor, without backup.
I can play that too.
I heard that Obama disparages old white women as racists who can't help themselves.

Mr. Hooson almost makes me ... (Below threshold)

Mr. Hooson almost makes me regret my refusing to perpetuate the "Obama did coke and had gay sex with this guy" and "Michelle Obama blamed whitey for everything" rumors.

Almost.

Then I remember the old saying: "don't argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with their superior experience," and realize that "idiots" can be replaced with "plagiarizing, rumor-whoring scumbags."

If you're not familiar with the "Obama did coke and had gay sex with this guy" stuff, Mr. Hooson, ask your colleague Lee Ward about it. He was all over that story back in the days when he was fully in Hillary Clinton's pocket and throwing all the shit he could at Obama.

Or, if you prefer, just search your own site for "Larry Sinclair." Lee just couldn't get enough of that story.

J.

JT, my admiration for you h... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JT, my admiration for you has grown again. Paul Hooson is the guy you ask what time it is and he tells you how to make a watch. He is incredibly boring. Frequently off topic and a snob. Notice his "Obama's intellectual humor" comment. The left is so far removed from real people it is pathetic. ww

"Americans like to laugh. I... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Americans like to laugh. If we can't laugh with our politicians, we'll laugh at them." -- Mr. Tea

Video of McCain Girl (who's about as pretty as the legendary Obama Girl) in the Enchanted Republican Forest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAR4POPPywo

Yes, Willie, and John McCai... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Yes, Willie, and John McCain is a man of the people. How many houses does he own again?

Jay Tea, would you care one way or another if Obama had done cocaine and/or experimented sexually with another man? As a libertarian-leaning independent, isn't that the sort of thing that you aren't supposed to care about all that much?

LMAO at "We are the one's w... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

LMAO at "We are the one's we've been waiting for". It reminds me of the witticism "Where ever you go, there you'll be" except that no one utters the latter seriously.

Paul Hooson is the... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
Paul Hooson is the guy you ask what time it is and he tells you how to make a watch.

I would have to disagree with that. Paul wouldn't tell you how to make the watch - he would tell you about his expert status as a watchmaker. You would be no better informed after his response than you were before it.

As to the suject .....

We will see who has the better sense of humor. Paris Hilton's response was terrific and even handed. Let's see how each camp responds.

Jay,I thought "this ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Jay,
I thought "this guy" was Lee. It would certainly explain how quickly he moved from Hillary's tank and into Obama's.

NO NO NO - don't ban PH, PL... (Below threshold)
epador:

NO NO NO - don't ban PH, PLEASE

I need to keep a finger on the pulse of your generic Portland area resident. He's politely verbose, but rarely if ever offensive in language (ideas are another thing, but that I can tolerate). An excellent example of where Lee might aspire to develop once he passes puberty.

If you ever ridiculed the a... (Below threshold)

If you ever ridiculed the assertion that tire gauges lower gas prices, you may be guilty of racist jokes about Obama.

If you ever laughed at the claim that he campaigned in 57 states, you may be guilty of racist jokes about Obama.

If ever suggested that the "Vero Possemus" campaign signs had something to do with possums, you may be guilty of racist jokes about Obama.




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