Throughout his administration, comics across the television landscape have shied away from attacking President Obama. “Obama doesn’t give you much to grab onto,” explains Saturday Night Live writer Jim Downey. “He’s like a smooth rock face of perfect obsidian with no ledges or toeholds, and your job is to scale 200 feet of it.”
Or they’re just the world’s most untalented comedians.
How else to explain why comedians simply won’t mock a man who tweets pictures of himself with a cardboard cutout of himself – and the caption “You look familiar”? Or appears on “Pimp With The Limp,” but not on Fox News? Or skips a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu so that he can hang with the ladies on “The View,” and there label himself “eye candy”?
This president isn’t just worth joking about. He’s a joke.
This week, that fact became blindingly obvious as the scandal surrounding the killing of our ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, along with three other Americans, blew up in Obama’s face. The Obama administration has made a farce of foreign policy. Now they’ve made a farce out of murder, with the State Department blaming the intelligence community, Obama and Joe Biden blaming the State Department, and the intelligence community blaming both the other outfits.
President Obama has, thus far, been absolutely silent on Libya. He hasn’t taken a position on why the administration kept blaming a silly YouTube video for multiple murder and a terrorist attack. He hasn’t explained why there were no armed Marines at the consulate in Benghazi.
But he has explained his perspective on the supposed feud between American Idol hosts Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. He appeared on the prestigious and vaunted “Yo Show” on Monday to do so:
I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident. I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause, I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.
No wonder he’s won a Nobel Peace Prize.
The question isn’t why Obama is a lightweight. He is what he is. He was never a Clintonian wonk, and he was never a president with Reagan’s values. He has always skipped along the surface of life, pretending to care about the downtrodden while exploiting their support so he can hang out with his celebrity friends. Given the choice, President Obama would far prefer to play golf with George Clooney than hang with his supposed base in Chicago.
Obama is actually the funniest president in modern memory. He’s supposed to be a genius, but he can’t be away from a teleprompter for five minutes without dropping a bomb. He’s supposed to be a great athlete, but he throws the opening pitch like Barbara Walters in a windstorm. He’s supposed to be a genial fellow, but his death glare appears every time he meets someone who refuses to genuflect.
How can you not mock President Obama?
It’s easy if you’re the Hollywood left. Instead of parodying President Obama, you simply become part of the parody. Thus, we have Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria informing everyday women about Planned Parenthood and abortion, telling us to fund it – while they sit in their palatial estates off Sunset Blvd. sipping chai lattes while their expensive accountants locate the most convenient tax loopholes. Thus, we have Kanye West showing up to Occupy Wall Street wearing a designer shirt worth hundreds of dollars and gold chains worth thousands.
Obama is a Hollywood president for a reason. Hollywood is beyond all mockery. It’s simply too easy.
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