I always thought that our first woman president would be a Republican. I just didn’t anticipate that our first African American president would be a Republican, too. (At least, not since Colin Powell said nix in ’96.) Here’s a good roundup explaining the policy and political FAIL: As Melissa McEwan writes, “[y]ou know, it’s almost like progressives should have had a serious conversation about what kind of president Obama would really make, how he would really govern, when he kept telling us over and over and over that he wasn’t a progressive. But getting shouted at that I was a stupid, racist, man-hating traitor was fun, too.”
Lyndon Johnson once famously quipped, “if I’ve lost [Walter] Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” I don’t watch The Daily Show daily, but the last several clips I’ve caught suggest that Obama has lost Jon Stewart. It’s not just that Stewart has been critical of his policy positions (whatever they are today, anyway)–more tellingly, he’s mocking him out for pretty much everything, which suggests that our national Court Jester sees dire political weakness. I refer you to FratGuy in August of 2008: “What we need is another L.B.J., and what we’re getting with this guy is another Jimmy Carter.”
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Obama Speaks to a Sixth-Grade Classroom|
Oh well–I suppose it’s good for comedians that Obama is flailing, I suppose. “His Magnificent Awesomeness” really isn’t very funny–but a guy who hauls a presidential podium and a teleprompter to an elementary school classroom? Comedy gold!