Before you folks get all angry at me, remember that the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has always been the place for the president to make light of his shortcomings. Perhaps it’s just the partisan in me, but I do think that Barack Obama’s delivery was a little lackluster when compared with his predecessor, just like I thought that John McCain absolutely skewered Obama during a similarly funny, mid-October charity event.
That performance only underscores the importance of humor, even when it comes to the most serious of matters. With regard to McCain and the election, when he was using humor at the Alfred Smith Dinner, that was by leaps and bounds the most focused and aggressive I had seen him. Some people may think it inappropriate to laugh about certain things, but laughter and humor can be irreplaceable — and telling. This weekend’s performance from Obama certainly was
Regardless, Obama had some pretty funny lines during this event–yes, I would purchase and read “How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People,” and I do think it would be a phenomenal name for Dick Cheney’s memoirs–even though he needed to use a cheesy (but funny) gag in order to facilitate the use of the TelePrompTer. So far, by the way, there has been no comment from TOTUS on his official Web blog. I’ll be waiting.
All in all, even if he didn’t bring down the house, the material itself shows that attention is being paid to many of the issues that we talk about here. If the Democrats, as angry as they were with the Bush administration, were able to laugh with the former president, we should be too.
Still, as much as I found the president’s comments amusing, I can only imagine how Chris Matthews was rolling in the aisles. What’s the over-under on how many times he needed to change his underbritches?