Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama Humor

As has been pointed out in a number of media stories, Barak Obama's recent travels have produced something almost completely new in this years media coverage of Obama - humor. Racial sensitivities and the lack of humorous personality quirks (e.g. Bush's verbal blunders, McCain's temper, Gore's robotic mannerisms) have made it had to laugh at Obama, but here are three good ones from various late night TV shows about Obama recent travels.

"After a quick meet-and-greet with King Abdullah, Obama was off to Israel, where he made a quick stop at the manger in Bethlehem where he was born." -- Jon Stewart

"It was kind of surprising; they really love Obama in Germany. He's like a rock star over there. It's impressive until you realize that David Hasselhoff is also like a rock star over there." -- Jimmy Kimmel

"Hey, did you see Barack Obama playing basketball with our troops in Iraq? Did you see that one shot he made from 40 feet? Forty feet. Let me tell you something. If shooting baskets now is a requirement to be president, a white guy may never have that job again." -- Jay Leno

(I saw the one from Jon Stewart, but thanks to an LA Times story for the other two).

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