When it came to late-night and other comedians, President Barack Obama has been strictly off-limits. Sure, you could poke fun of Joe Biden. Sure, you could laugh at Hillary Clinton. Republicans? Oh, please! They were a gold mine for the liberals on the coast.
Just a few minutes ago, however, as I briefly flipped the channels after watching a still-undefeated Auburn squad beat the Tennessee Volunteers–War Damn Eagle!!–I caught the very beginning of Saturday Night Live.
And oh, boy — the honeymoon is over.
While SNL’s Fred Armisen has apparently given up on trying to sound like the president, he was unmistakably Barack Obama and absolutely excoriated the Commander In Chief. With a visual checklist beside him, Armisen-as-Obama went issue-by-issue and demonstrated how this president has accomplished nothing.
Close Guantanamo Bay? Not done.
Out of Iraq? Not done.
Improve Afghanistan? Worse.
Health care reform? Hell no.
“I even went personally to try to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016. It didn’t work out. But in this case, there’s some good news with the bad — for every person who buys an American car in the next six months, you’re gonna get one of these,” said Armisen-as-Obama, holding up a tee shirt reading: 10-02-09 Chicago 2016.
If anybody should be mad at him, Armisen-as-Obama says, it should be the left. They probably thought he would have accomplished at least one of the following things by now:
Global warming? No.
Immigration reform? No.
Gays in the military? Nuh-uh.
Limits on executive powers? Nope.
Torture prosecutions? No.
“So, looking at this list, I’m seeing two big accomplishments,” he says. “Jack and squat.”
And, even more amazing, the folks at SNL actually reminded America of what the Democrats seem to forget every time they accuse Republicans of obstructionism:
“And remember — I can do whatever I want,” Armisen-as-Obama continues. “I have a majority in both houses of Congress. I could make it mandatory for all gays to marry, and require all cars to run on marijuana. But do I? No.”
But, he cautions, “I do have some accomplishments.”
The cash-for-clunkers program, he said, stimulated the economy. “Unfortunately, it was the economy of Japan.” Also, he said, “I killed a fly on TV.”
It was absolutely incredible. It wasn’t Armisen-as-Obama getting laughs at the expense of someone else — it was Armisen-as-Obama getting laughs at the expense of Obama. I’m certain that Rahm Emanuel and others aren’t pleased, and while they will most definitely dismiss it as a funny segment in a comedy show when inevitably pressed about it by someone, I think this was far, far more significant in the grand scheme of things.
When it comes to this particular president of the United States, the varnish has worn off and the tarnish has begun to set in. Sure, his policies and his ideals are still loved and his personality and race still worshiped by the left, but his failures are becoming obvious, and the left is not pleased in the least.
Soon, politically Barack Obama will be a man without a country. The right never wanted to have anything to do with him in the first place, and from his background and associations had him pegged from the get-go. The moderates–even those who voted for him–don’t want the government to own the automakers, don’t like seeing success discouraged and retroactively punished, and correctly feel that our nation is no longer as safe. And the left, beyond disappointed, will frantically search for someone further left, but either will not find anyone, or will find someone that could never, ever get elected in America.
Two types of politicians will be able to flourish in this new environment, the environment that so many of us saw coming but only now is starting to manifest itself — an outwardly centrist Democrat like Hillary Clinton, who may adhere to some of the moderate left’s values without displaying an overt hatred of America, and a conservative-libertarian Republican who can effectively articulate the proper role of the American federal government.
Ladies and gentleman, the president of the United States is no longer off-limits, and there’s a wealth of material just waiting to garner a good, hearty laugh.