The comedian in chief

May 5th, 2014 at 8:20 am by David Farrar

President Obama in self-deprecating mode at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

I think it is a great tradition that the most powerful politician in the world takes part in what is effectively an annual roast at his expense. Can’t imagine it happening in Russia!

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19 Responses to “The comedian in chief”

  1. iMP (2,248 comments) says:

    The biggest joke of all, is on America.

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  2. Lance (2,461 comments) says:

    Dog whistle for the lemon sucking, humorlessness birthers

    Sigh

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  3. Huevon (192 comments) says:

    i’m sorry but I just can’t watch this man.

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  4. iMP (2,248 comments) says:

    Embarrassing, especially the Malaysian airlines jokes. If ya want a Hollywood show pony, well, here’s what you get. Meanwhile Putin takes over real politics…

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  5. kowtow (7,656 comments) says:

    Who is he?

    This is funny.

    http://www.calgarysun.com/videos/news/world/1225519502001/baracks-back-story/1660343687001

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  6. eszett (2,337 comments) says:

    And right on cue, the humourless crowd comes crawling out.

    Try to lighten up every once in in a while.

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  7. Lucia Maria (2,208 comments) says:

    I’d take Obama over Putin any day.

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  8. berend (1,634 comments) says:

    Self-deprecating? Didn’t hear much of that. I was just taking pot shots at news organisations, especially those he didn’t like, and political opponents.

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  9. reversespin (68 comments) says:

    Can’t imagine it happening in Russia………..Can’t imagine it happening with Helen Clark…..or Russell Norman.

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  10. dave_c_ (215 comments) says:

    Dont listen to a word this puppet says – His credibility is even less than Len Brown’s

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  11. big bruv (13,334 comments) says:

    Damn it!…

    Where is Redbaiter and the rest of the birther nutters for that matter. I do so enjoy them embarrassing themselves with the endless crap about Obama being born in Kenya.

    Do I think he is a good POTUS?…hell no, had he been a Republican they would be more vicious toward him than they were toward Bush.

    Clearly the man has the ability to laugh at himself, and lets face it, what ever you think of his politics it is refreshing to have a POTUS who can count to twenty without having to take off his shoes and socks.

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  12. Manolo (13,403 comments) says:

    I can almost see the brave stephieboy sobbing and laughing while enjoying his idol’s jokes.

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  13. Fletch (6,032 comments) says:

    what ever you think of his politics it is refreshing to have a POTUS who can count to twenty without having to take off his shoes and socks.

    Is that a stab at Bush? Bush is/was more intelligent than Obama.

    This was written by Keith Hennessey who was very close with George W. Bush, and he wanted to set the record straight about President Bush’s intellect. – -

    “I teach a class at Stanford Business School titled “Financial Crises in the U.S. and Europe.” During one class session while explaining the events of September 2008, I kept referring to the efforts of the threesome of Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Tim Geithner, who were joined at the hip in dealing with firm-specific problems as they arose.

    One of my students asked “How involved was President Bush with what was going on?” I smiled and responded, “What you really mean is, ‘Was President Bush smart enough to understand what was going on,’ right?”

    The class went dead silent. Everyone knew that this was the true meaning of the question. Kudos to that student for asking the hard question and for framing it so politely. I had stripped away that decorum and exposed the raw nerve.

    I looked hard at the 60 MBA students and said “President Bush is smarter than almost every one of you.”

    More silence.

    I could tell they were waiting for me to break the tension, laugh, and admit I was joking.

    I did not. A few shifted in their seats, then I launched into a longer answer. While it was a while ago, here is an amalgam of that answer and others I have given in similar contexts.

    I am not kidding. You are quite an intelligent group. Don’t take it personally, but President Bush is smarter than almost every one of you. Were he a student here today, he would consistently get “HP” (High Pass) grades without having to work hard, and he’d get an “H” (High, the top grade) in any class where he wanted to put in the effort.

    For more than six years it was my job to help educate President Bush about complex economic policy issues and to get decisions from him on impossibly hard policy choices. In meetings and in the briefing materials we gave him in advance we covered issues in far more depth than I have been discussing with you this quarter because we needed to do so for him to make decisions.

    President Bush is extremely smart by any traditional standard. He’s highly analytical and was incredibly quick to be able to discern the core question he needed to answer. It was occasionally a little embarrassing when he would jump ahead of one of his Cabinet secretaries in a policy discussion and the advisor would struggle to catch up. He would sometimes force us to accelerate through policy presentations because he so quickly grasped what we were presenting.

    I use words like briefing and presentation to describe our policy meetings with him, but those are inaccurate. Every meeting was a dialogue, and you had to be ready at all times to be grilled by him and to defend both your analysis and your recommendation. That was scary.

    We treat Presidential speeches as if they are written by speechwriters, then handed to the President for delivery. If I could show you one experience from my time working for President Bush, it would be an editing session in the Oval with him and his speechwriters. You think that me cold-calling you is nerve-wracking? Try defending a sentence you inserted into a draft speech, with President Bush pouncing on the slightest weakness in your argument or your word choice.

    In addition to his analytical speed, what most impressed me were his memory and his substantive breadth. We would sometimes have to brief him on an issue that we had last discussed with him weeks or even months before. He would remember small facts and arguments from the prior briefing and get impatient with us when we were rehashing things we had told him long ago.

    And while my job involved juggling a lot of balls, I only had to worry about economic issues. In addition to all of those, at any given point in time he was making enormous decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan, on hunting al Qaeda and keeping America safe. He was making choices not just on taxes and spending and trade and energy and climate and health care and agriculture and Social Security and Medicare, but also on education and immigration, on crime and justice issues, on environmental policy and social policy and politics. Being able to handle such substantive breadth and depth, on such huge decisions, in parallel, requires not just enormous strength of character but tremendous intellectual power. President Bush has both.

    On one particularly thorny policy issue on which his advisors had strong and deep disagreements, over the course of two weeks we (his senior advisors) held a series of three 90-minute meetings with the President. Shortly after the third meeting we asked for his OK to do a fourth. He said, “How about rather than doing another meeting on this, I instead tell you now what each person will say.” He then ran through half a dozen of his advisors by name and precisely detailed each one’s arguments and pointed out their flaws. (Needless to say there was no fourth meeting.)

    Every prominent politician has a public caricature, one drawn initially by late-night comedy joke writers and shaped heavily by the press and one’s political opponents. The caricature of President Bush is that of a good ol’ boy from Texas who is principled and tough, but just not that bright.

    http://youngcons.com/president-george-w-bush-wasnt-unintelligent-in-fact-he-was-brilliant/

    Obama is as thick as a bag full of hair compared to Bush.

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  14. Fletch (6,032 comments) says:

    Here’s a bedtime story kids – Barrack The Magic Suit.

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  15. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    Is that a stab at Bush? Bush is/was more intelligent than Obama.

    Ronnie Raygun?.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/brits-saw-reagan-as-a-bozo-and-a-bumbler/story-fnb64oi6-1226902579950#

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  16. Lucia Maria (2,208 comments) says:

    Well, here’s some Russian comedy, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love What’s Happening in Russia, a translation from The New Republic:

    I make bets. I look at all the possible ways a situation can unravel, pick the worst one, and make a bet on it. Last fall, I won the entire wardrobe—every single piece of clothing, down to the last T-shirt—of the well-known Russian journalist Oleg Kashin. He was sure, you see, that opposition leader Alexey Navalny had a chance of winning Moscow’s mayoral race. I, on the other hand, bet my collection of sandals that Navalny wouldn’t even be allowed into a run-off with the Kremlin candidate.

    I was right.

    Oleg acknowledged my victory, but refused to hand over the loot. Ever since, I’ve been stalking him on Instagram, commenting on every photograph he posts as follows: “What a nice shirt!”

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  17. SPC (5,397 comments) says:

    Every 4 years the Americans change their President, to give the gift of liberty – free speech – to the world.

    And when they elect a Republican President, the left wingers deride Americana and all it stands for, using this gift for all it is worth.

    And when they elect a Democrat as President, the left wingers moderate their criticism and sometimes offer support.

    But right wingers still support America and what it stands for.

    Then the smartest demon in hell counsels his boss and they come up with a plan to test this allegiance of the right wing of western Christendom for the USA. There had been nothing like this test since the days of Job.

    They ended the birth right of the white man to leadership of the civilised free world.

    Now right wingers and new champions of Christendom in the Kremlin the world over turn on America and all it stands for. Because they elected a nigger.

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  18. Manolo (13,403 comments) says:

    Just for stephie: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/barack-obama-106261.html?hp=t1_3

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  19. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,799 comments) says:

    Yes this flawed flake is super funny. Just ask the family of the late ambassador to Libya.

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