Last year during the presidential campaign, some comedians explained the reason there were so many more jokes being made on television about John McCain than Barack Obama was because nothing about Obama was funny. The One was a bit too perfect and free of flaws to provide much fodder for joke writers.
Never mind that he had said there were 57 states. Or that he frequently stammered through sections of speeches when his teleprompter malfunctioned. Or any of the other mistakes he made. Most of them received little media coverage and even less ridicule from comics.
The New York Times even looked into the matter and ran a piece on it. In it Mike Sweeney, the head writer for Conan O'Brien on "Late Night," said the jokes would come as soon as Obama said or did something that defines him in comedy terms, but then admitted another reason Obama was not being made the butt of late night jokes. “A lot of people are excited about his candidacy," Sweeney said. “It's almost like: ‘Hey, don't go after this guy. He's a fresh face; cut him some slack.’” Mike Barry, who writes for David Letterman said, “The thing is, he's not buffoonish in any way. He's not a comical figure.”
Some comedians even talked about a comedy recession. Jon Stewart said, “I agree that Barrack Obama is a good for America and for the world. The problem for us comedians is, he’s just not that funny…He’s smart, a great leader and he has squeaky clean wholesome image. But what are we supposed to make fun of? His ears? I’m scared.”
Many of the jokes that were told about Obama did not target Obama or any of his mistakes, but rather played off his greatness or targeted President Bush or Republicans in comparison to the near perfect Obama.
While many television comedians were blind to the gaffes candidate Obama made, they surely have to see that President Obama is providing plenty of fodder for late night comedy writers today. Those on conservative blogs have certainly not had any trouble finding comedy material before or after the election.
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