Let’s Make Sure No Obama Critics Tell Jokes, Either
The New York Post headlines its front page with the words “No Joke,” critical of President Obama for having the temerity to appear on “The Tonight Show” while the “economy burns.”
President Obama last night got comfy on “The Tonight Show” couch, cracking jokes about his bowling, a promised pooch and his job even as critics slammed his appearance, and a foray into basketball predictions, as distractions from a critically ill economy.
Featured is Charles Hurt’s column, “It’s Foul Joke On Taxpayers,” again going after the president for “yukking it up” on Leno.
Despite the fury, Obama with great fanfare filled out his March Madness basketball bracket before flying off to California to parry and jest with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”
In yukking it up with Leno, Obama said one thing he’ll be taking seriously is getting a family dog. After joking that the dog pledge fell into the category of most campaign promises, he quickly added, “No, I’m teasing. The dog will be there shortly.”
Did they not see the whole segment? Did they not see the part where the president talked about the economy and bonsuses? Is a president supposed to appear only on “Meet the Press” and speak in somber tones with no attempt to reach a broader audience? During an economic, or any other kind of crisis, is a president not allowed to talk sports or tell a joke?
And were these same critics of Obama angry with President Bush when he told jokes at the 2004 White House Correspondents Dinner about not finding weapons of mass destruction while Americans were dying overseas?
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