According to the New York Times, comedians are having a hard time making fun of Barack Obama.  Reasons vary.  Some people think the late-night talk show and comedy writers are going easy on Obama because of ideology.  That may be true, but I tend to believe what most of the writers and producers in this article claim:  there’s no easy laugh here.  To wit:

He’s not old.

He’s not a womanizer.

He says “nuclear” correctly.

To the best of our knowledge, he knows how to spell “potato.”

What’s left?

I knew this was a weakness of Obama’s months ago.  I knew it when I saw his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he attended Hillary’s Halloween party.  That sketch wasn’t very funny to begin with, but the fact they stuck Obama in it and gave him, like, one punchline–which fell flat–just serves as more evidence that Obama is too dignified to be president.  He’s so clean and articulate, how can you possibly mock him?  Not to mention that he is the candidate of hope and change.  Since when is hope funny?  Change can be funny, but not if it’s all based on hope.  As Mel Brooks said, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger.  Comedy is when you fall into a sewer and die.”

No one wants Barack Obama to fall into a sewer and die.

The question is, do we really want this for America?  Four years of no cheap shots at the President?  What kind of country will we turn into?  A bunch of sissies buying arugula at the Whole Foods?  You see, right there.  Obama eats arugula.  It sounds at first like it’s funny, or that it ought to be funny, but it’s just not very funny.  Arugula isn’t funny.  Rutabaga is funny, but thusfar we’ve heard no report of Obama having a fondness for rutabaga.  What are you going to do?

Well, I for one will not stand idly by while my country stops laughing at public figures, just because they’re skinny and they talk pretty.  It’s obvious that we need more Barack Obama jokes circling out there.  So please use the comment space to leave jokes about Barack Obama–jokes you heard, jokes you made up just now, jokes you heard from someone else but pretend are your own–and let’s get our laughter on while we still can.

I’ll start.  How many Barack Obamas does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None.  If you have enough hope, the light bulb will change itself.

Yeah, that sucked.  You all had better do better.  I warn you, though, it’s harder than it looks.

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