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Sacha Baron Cohen Admits: Obama A Big Practical Joke

Sacha Baron Cohen became famous for his rendition of the character "Borat", filming a fake documentary on "behalf" of the government of Kazakhstan. During the creation of the film, Cohen fooled many, including former Congressman Bob Barr and a local news crew.

But his latest stunt goes well beyond that.

"Basically, what I wanted to do was create a practical joke so large and so profound that it wouldn't even seem funny." Cohen told us from his London loft, "It was around 2004 and I remember that lots of American folks were rambling on about that year's Presidential election, so I figured that I could create just a romping good laugh by faking my own election.

"So I went down to the studio and began to draw up a general idea of how we could create a 'fake' President of the United States. We picked an actor named James Stephenson and sent him over to the States to act in a role as 'Barack Obama.'

"The character Obama was a simple state senator from the most corrupt city in the country. That alone would cause a lot of alarm bells. And his record was hardly anything-- In fact, he had more legislation aimed at closing domestic industry and outsourcing jobs than anyone in the Illinois state senate. That would create red flags too.

"And we casted a bitch wife-- I mean a total, over-the-top full PMSing rage-oid. I mean, people were turned off by Hillary Clinton cause she wanted universal health care in 1993. Well, this broad-- excuse me-- young lady, was casted to say that she wasn't even proud of her country. We figured that even some of the left-wing types would pause and think about it.

"And we made sure that Stephenson (Obama) would go to the most extreme, radical church this side of Jonestown. And the preacher he went to, we didn't even script. Wright was perfect. Between accusing the government of creating and spreading AIDS and celebrating the 9/11 attacks, this would be a great way to turn people off. I mean, in the script Wright married Barack and Michelle and baptized their children, all while calling for a separation of races.

"But that wasn't enough. People just adored the guy still. We couldn't figure it out. We made sure that he never spoke in-depth about geopolitics, and whenever he did, he would just confuse Iran with a Flock of Seagulls song.

"And his upbringing was a treat. His mother was a drugged-out hippie who posed nude for pictures and his father was a deadbeat. This wouldn't keep people from voting for him, but it should make them stop and think of the values he was instilled with.

"And even in his own autobiography he clearly states that he tried to hang out with the Marxists and radicals. He followed them around and listened to their rants against American society.

"And the biggest kicker was that he launched his political career at the house of a wanted terrorist, who killed American civilians and bombed landmarks. Not only did he go to his house, but knew him personally as a Marxist agitator and murderer.

"But when we entered his name into the Democratic Party primaries, everyone loved the idea that he opposed the Iraq war, even though he publicly stated that the people there spoke "Iraqese." He couldn't speak without prepared speeches, but they loved that his meticulously-prepped lines made him seem authentic.

"And we got him on every TV show and with every celebrity possible, to make it seem like he had no idea how politics worked. But it just seemed to make him more popular.

"But somehow, with all of his shortcomings and parts of his life that just didn't make sense, he still beat Hillary Clinton. Why? Because he was deemed 'cool.' Not competent, but the type of guy who could burp the entire alphabet.

"So who did the Democrats vote for? A religious zealot who knew nothing about foreign policy and was a former cokehead. Gee, isn't that what Jon Stewart tried to say good ol' Georgie was for eight years? And they wind up electing the guy. That one's the kicker.

"And now he's actually in office. I've got to admit, we're running out of material to give the guy. He's just flailing up there. If you have any suggestions, send me an email."

Inter-linked at Jumping in Pools


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Comments (25)

Best explanation I've heard... (Below threshold)

Best explanation I've heard so far.

Sounds like Mr. Cohen may b... (Below threshold)
Rosie Bumme:

Sounds like Mr. Cohen may be one them Joooooooooooos who is not enamored of the one we've been waiting for.

Fuh-Nee.... (Below threshold)


Too bad so many fell for th... (Below threshold)

Too bad so many fell for the practical joke.

Cohen is right, I'm not lau... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Cohen is right, I'm not laughing, t least not ae "the won". I find him deadly serious. Heart attack serious.

But I have absolutely no way of rationally explaining Obama as POTUS, so in the absence of that I accept Cohen's explanation as it's more rational that what I saw happen.

Crap, it was right when I h... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Crap, it was right when I hit the send button - Cohen is right, I'm not laughing, at least not at "the won".

At least Cohen admits his d... (Below threshold)

At least Cohen admits his documentaries are fakes. When is Michael Moore going to come clean?

So the president is a bleac... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

So the president is a bleached arschenhaller?

Reminds me about the joke t... (Below threshold)

Reminds me about the joke that I wrote for the soc.culture.judaism FAQ

Subject: Question 19.10: Who was the sixth Marx brother?


The sixth Marx brother Karl turned his comedic skills to literature. He wrote a spoof of an economic treatise which parodied the ponderous "scientific" tomes of his day. Unfortunately, people with no sense of humor took him seriously and attempted to carry out the philosophy he used in the book. It was as if the English had attempted to carry out Jonathan Swift's "A modest proposal" and the results were just as tragic.

The last czar of the Russian Empire (Mikhail I of the House of Gorbachev) finally admitted this and abdicated, and there was much rejoicing.

[For the humor-impaired, to quote Foghorn Leghorn, "the above was a joke, son."]

Read more: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/judaism/FAQ/11-Miscellaneous/#ixzz0ZcRuobMH

I want to laugh at this, bu... (Below threshold)

I want to laugh at this, but it's too close to the truth.

Not all "practical jokes" e... (Below threshold)

Not all "practical jokes" end up being "funny".

Wow! this comes as a total ... (Below threshold)

Wow! this comes as a total surprise to me. All this time, I have been blaming Ashton Kutcher. OK, I'll admit that I have also been keeping my eyes open for Allen Funt.

Finally, an explanation tha... (Below threshold)

Finally, an explanation that makes sense!

You people wipe ass regular... (Below threshold)

You people wipe ass regularly.

So wheres the punchline?</p... (Below threshold)

So wheres the punchline?

Forget it I figured it out.... (Below threshold)

Forget it I figured it out..Its the 10,000,000 jobs lost and 12 trillion debt.

This recap of the ascent to... (Below threshold)

This recap of the ascent to office of the Chance-the-gardener-clone sail-eared-simpleton presently pretending to our presidency almost -- but not yet -- makes up for that un-and-anti-American and decidedly-unfunny "comedy" Herr Sacha Baron Cohen made a while back.

"You people wipe ass regula... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

"You people wipe ass regularly.
14. Posted by MotherMary | December 13, 2009 11:32 PM"

Ahh, erudite and persuasive leftist polemics at its best.

Well, I hate to be the turd... (Below threshold)

Well, I hate to be the turd in the punchbowl here, but...

Funny as this is, I can find no evidence that Cohen actually said it. JumpingInPools provides no link to an actual source, and Google searches mostly point back to either JIP or Wizbang, or other blogs and twitters that point to either JIP or Wizbang.

So, I guess we've been punk'd.

"So, I guess we've been pun... (Below threshold)

"So, I guess we've been punk'd."
19. Posted by OregonMuse

Speak for yourself, Slowpoke.

Solipsism is Wizbangblog's primary characteristic.

Anyone for one of those lit... (Below threshold)

Anyone for one of those little lepel flowers that squirts water in a liberals face?

I don't care who you are, b... (Below threshold)

I don't care who you are, being called "solipsistic" by Wizbang's resident glue-sniffing conspirazoid is pretty damn funny.

Hmmm. Being branded a "resi... (Below threshold)

Hmmm. Being branded a "resident" by confirmed resident nonpareil while said resident nonpareil patrols the Wizbang comments thread and executive cheese cache while dribbling Oregon whine forensically traced to 1:45pm (late breakfast) and 2:47pm (pre-brunch)...

Priceless. Or free. Whatever.

23. Posted by bryanD ... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

23. Posted by bryanD

You okay, honey?
Or are you just testing your random word generating algorithm?

I would think wiping ass re... (Below threshold)

I would think wiping ass regularly (as in my own) would be a good thing. The opposite would be a lot of dirty assed people.






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