On July 15th, the New York Times published an article by Bill Carter claiming that even top comedians see nothing really funny about Barack Obama, implying that they were trying, but that so far, they had failed to find the humor.
Here was the NYT lede (sans link):
"What’s so funny about Barack Obama? Apparently not very much, at least not yet."
Two days thereafter, Politico posted a somewhat similar piece by Jeffrey Ressner.
Well . . . the following is funny, no? Naturally, Obama doesn't think so . . . his campaign thinks it's "sad and juvenile antics" according to Ben Smith at Politico. That's actually pretty funny, too.
Is it that humor, like beauty, is in the eye (and the mind) of the beholder? I think I could correctly guess that much of Jon Stewart's audience would not find this ad particularly funny either.
But it is. And Barack has no one to look to but himself. He said these things.
My introduction to the biting humor in sarcasm was when my father first told me, "Just remember . . . there's nothing funnier than an explained joke!"
Maybe that was Bill Carter's problem. He was looking for someone else to explain why Barack Obama was (or was not) funny. He should have figured it out for himself.
He is funny! Buddy Hackett once demonstrated to a guest on the Tonight Show that the essence of humor is . . . timing!
Barack, this is your time!