By Kyle | April 25, 2012
I’m speechless at Obama’s attempt to shoehorn a policy issue into a musical comedy sketch. This is the guy whose most unassailable attribute is that he’s supposedly cool? The man obviously cannot do comedy. He’s been a public figure for eight years and I’m not aware of him ever spontaneously being amusing or witty. Most of his one-liners (“I’m LeBron, baby, I got game, I can play at this level,” etc.) aren’t even close to being quips but are merely bizarre manifestations of his grandiosity. Every president is to some extent stiff when doing the musical-comedy chat-show rounds (and John Kerry was cringingly awful on “The Daily Show”) because their pomposity and self-regard makes it hard for them to lighten up, but Obama is so stiff and weird here that he makes Jimmy Carter look like a regular guy. He makes it sort of impossible for him to ever use the phrase “dignity of the office” and he trivializes his own student-loan proposal.
I’d say this is as bad as Dukakis riding around in a tank. Obama’s coterie clearly is unaware of the fact that he isn’t good at everything or they would have vetoed this idea. Romney, by the way, should be wary of getting sucked into trying to be a comedian because he isn’t one either. There’s nothing wrong with sitting on a couch with Leno but high-concept stuff should be avoided for the same reason you don’t try on a silly hat.