Get ready for funnygate!
The op-eds are cluttered with articles about comedians’ loss of words when it comes to Obama. But Obama’s not a humorous guy…and that means you can’t be either. At least not at his expense.
Mo Do in the NY Times wonders…
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!
And Kathleen Parker in Real Clear Politics has the audacity to address those who are furious at the mockers (will we soon see some passionate Obama-worshiper elevate the Obama criticism level from “racism” to “blasphemy”?).
For his part, Obama may be missing a Sister Souljah opportunity to demonstrate both his smarts and his common sense. His campaign has called The New Yorker cover “tasteless and offensive.” John McCain chimed in with “totally inappropriate.”
Harrumph, harrumph, harrumph.
Far more important than anyone’s feelings — and Obama surely knows this — is freedom of expression. Yet those who are objecting to the cover apparently think that only certain ideas should be expressed. And that some portion of conservative America is too stupid to get it.