Mocking Obama

On the heels of the New Yorker cover controversy, Maureen Dowd wonders why it’s so hard for comedians and others to mock Obama effectively:

At first blush, it would seem to be a positive for Obama that he is hard to mock. But on second thought, is it another sign that he’s trying so hard to be perfect that it’s stultifying? Or that eight years of W. and Cheney have robbed Democratic voters of their sense of humor?

Certainly, as the potential first black president, and as a contender with tender experience, Obama must feel under strain to be serious.

But he does not want the “take” on him to become that he’s so tightly wrapped, overcalculated and circumspect that he can’t even allow anyone to make jokes about him, and that his supporters are so evangelical and eager for a champion to rescue America that their response to any razzing is a sanctimonious: Don’t mess with our messiah!

Actually, I don’t think it’s all that hard to make fun of Obama in an effective way that doesn’t come across as racist or mean-spirited. I think people can have a lot of fun with his high-minded, above-it-all approach. There is a lot of fun to be made at Barack’s expense, and people should not have to tip-toe around it.

JibJab has mocked Obama well by showing him frolicking with Disneyesque animals while singing about change and the change we need. Also,  Obama riding off on a unicorn is pretty damn funny:

Obama’s not the Messiah, and there are a lot of ways to make fun of him. And they should, but they’ll do best to make fun of the public image that he puts forward rather than relying on right-wing memes or fears.

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2 responses to “Mocking Obama

  1. The Jib Jab video absolutely cracked me up. This might be their best one yet….

  2. GB, heh! I agree that it’s their best yet. They have a nice way of making fun of everyone w/out being all that mean.

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