Emmett Tyrrell

An even more inventive tactic was tried by a reporter for The New York Times, Bill Carter. His thesis is that it is almost impossible to get a laugh off the suave, erudite, eloquent, highly intelligent, incomparably gifted Prophet Obama. Yes, the same Obama who had so much difficulty several months back with the waffle and the gaffability, and was he attacked by that amphibious rabbit, or was it Jimmy Carter who was ambushed? The Times reporter looked everywhere for drolleries or witticisms about Obama and came up empty-handed.

He sifted through the late-night humor of the talk shows. He interviewed writers for the late-night comics. What he came up with were lines such as this: "The thing is he (the Prophet Obama) is not buffoonish in any way." That is the judgment of Mike Barry, "who," according to the Times, "started writing political jokes for Johnny Carson" and "has lambasted every presidential candidate since." Or savor this observation from ABC's late-night host, Jimmy Kimmel: "I think it's more a problem (writing jokes about the prophet) because he's so polished he doesn't seem to have any flaws."

What we, of course, see here is surreptitious praise of the prophet by a cult member who assumes a high level of stupidity among his readers. He also assumes they never listen to talk radio, especially talk radio's Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh has been laughing it up at Obama's expense for months. He has his own funny lines. He airs skits by the amusing political impersonator Paul Shanklin. Then, too, Rush has enlisted his longtime colleague Bo Snerdly to serve as "Official Obama Criticizer." Anyone familiar with Limbaugh's work -- and there are many millions -- knows that you can get an avalanche of laughter working the Obama persona. My only complaint is that Rush calls him "The Messiah." To my mind, Obama is The Prophet -- only I am not quite certain of what he is prophesying. He is so famously vague.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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