“Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.” — C. S. Lewis
A man that can’t make a little fun of himself is, well, a little scary…especially when that same man is “the One” who has come to change the world (“right, Oprah?”).
This whole affair of The New Yorker cover was a great opportunity for Obama to show his grace under pressure. But, alas, he bombed!
I am reminded of a similar opportunity just after the Saturday Night Live “can we get you a pillow” segment. He had another chance to show some grace (or at least some humor) under fire and–well–here’s the excerpt from ABC News…
Obama Takes the Pillow, Not the Bait
February 27, 2008 11:03 PM
ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Barack Obama came to the press part of the plane for the first time since the airing of the now infamous “Saturday Night Live” last weekend featuring a parody of himself and Sen. Hillary Clinton. In the skit, members of the press corps ask Obama if he’s comfortable, a joke touching on the criticisms that the press is too easy on him.
Hillary Clinton herself brought up the skit during Tuesday night’s debate. “If anybody saw ‘Saturday Night Live,’ you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow,” she said.
The pillow talk made a reemergence during Obama’s trip to the back of the press plane on the flight from Dallas to Austin, Texas.
Obama, greeting reporters, was handed a small white airline pillow by The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni. “Would you like a pillow?” she asked.
Obama’s reaction was zilch, nada, nothing. He took the pillow — but not the bait. He handed the pillow back discreetly with no reaction.