Well let me say this. Well Done Obama. I’ll give credit where credit is due. The performance he gave at the Correspondence Dinner was great. Watch it.
I love the part “This is my birth video” it shows the scene from the Lion King where the little king was hoisted to the sun and the animals all bowed… Kind of reminded of the media after Obama was elected. Obama nailed the Fox table, Paul Ryan, Trump, Michelle Bachman, Romney, Pawlenty and pretty much everyone in his opposition party. A few notable exceptions were Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and few others, while also hitting a few of his own including Biden, his wife and himself. Funny stuff.
Now, don’t get me wrong Obama’s entire presidency has been a comedic performance although one that doesn’t evoke laughter. But here is why Obama was elected. He’s a personable guy. He knew who was in the audience, he didn’t shy away from humorously skewering the opposition he stood up and made fun of them in person. And from some of the camera angles you can see the targets didn’t appreciate it. Get over it.
One thing people have to realize is, Obama is the champion. You don’t take down a champion in any sport easily. He has the bully pulpit and it’s up to the RIGHT side of the aisle to understand the consequences if they don’t prevail. This particular event was good for Obama. It was actually good for the nation to see Obama cracking jokes and showing he can also laugh at himself. However; the nations troubles still exist after he left the podium.
Obama understands his battle to keep his job is going to be much harder than getting it. He got the job by saying what he will do, in order to keep it, he has to show what he has done.
Obamacare should get him fired all by itself. But we need more, much more. And luckily there is much, much more that will remove him from his bully pulpit.
If you understand politics at all its more like a game of chess. This was a great move for Obama and his team. He actually was entertaining. Much like MANY of his predecessors, he used his time in front of the media elites to show his human side, to hopefully gain a few supporters in the room by his “Charisma.” And I’m sure to some extent, he did just that. As did most of his predecessors. Anyone remember George Bush’s time in office can attest to that statement. He gave some of the best comedic performances at the correspondence dinners.
Just remember this was a comedic performance, it was not a dialogue of opposing views, it was a one sided humorous jab at those who oppose him. And it was delivered very well. There is something to be said about the difference between GWB and Obama’s dinner shtick.
Understand this: Obama did most of the dinner “Roasting” his opponents, GWB did most of his “Roasting” himself. It is never a good idea to punch down you only elevate your opponent. Take a look at GWB’s last Dinner.