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Home Sections Humor & Satire Barack-Bashing and McCain-Mashing Treats of Wit and Humor (Part IV)
Barack-Bashing and McCain-Mashing Treats of Wit and Humor (Part IV) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2008 07:25

As this writer said earlier, the 2008 United States presidential campaign would become the funniest contest in the history of American politics. Yes, more-and-more stand-up comedians and late-show hosts are now doing exercises in wit and humor. They are doing what this website has done and continues to do in documenting the campaign’s frivolity, pomp and pageantry. (NEWS FLASH: This article is now Number One in the Googles' "Barack Bashing" category -- out of more-than 133,000 entries or results.)

Jon Stewart, the host of the satirical “The Daily Show” news program, had to remind at one time his audience that they were allowed to laugh at Mr. Obama after a Barack joke fell flat.


But lately Mr. Stewart mocked Senator Obama’s recent visit to Israel where he quipped that the candidate stopped "in Bethlehem to see the manger where he was born." In fact, Filipino-American Poet-pundit Fred Burce Bunao said that actually the Israelis thought that Mr. Barack would be able to walk on the water of River Jordan, if not change the water at his reception into wine.


There is a similar Jay Leno joke about Barack Obama, the alleged new Messiah: "Of course, Obama's supporters got him his usual birthday gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."


Before many of the American comedians and their writers held Mr. Obama in some kind of a reverential status, as they considered the race factor. People seemed unsure whether to laugh at the jokes written about him. The first Black presidential candidate of a major party at first was not subjected to many gags.

But the media’s attitude changed because Senator Obama himself has made blunders that became easy to mock and people are laughing – really laughing – at his antics.

Poet-pundit Bunao says that a comedian does not mind being called irreverent for as long as he or she does not say something irrelevant.
Senator Obama himself is now providing lots of materials for humorists who are looking to make fun of his demeanor. Although by some count, there are more jokes about Senator McCain on account of his age. But the Obama jokes are catching up with the number of jests about Senator McCain.


 Pundits jumped with glee when Senator Obama told fellow American legislators that his campaign was "the moment the world was waiting for." Yeah, the messianic complex . . .


But then the world knows how humorists and comedians react. As Mr. Bunao loves to say, “I do not mind being irreverent for as long as my commentaries are not irrelevant.”


The attitude was summed up by the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, the newspaper’s political humorist, who declared: "Barack Obama has long been his party's presumptive nominee. Now he's becoming its presumptuous nominee."


David Letterman has made fun of Mr. Obama. Recently, he listed the “Top Ten” signs that Barack Obama is overconfident, which included "Offered Bush 20 bucks for the 'Mission Accomplished' banner" and "Having head measured for Mount Rushmore."


Mr. Obama is also under fire for flip-flopping, as he tries to move towards the political center. As Senator Barack began moderating his positions on social issues, humorists stated making fun of his contradictory statements before (as compared to his latest pronouncements).


Jay Leno, the Tonight Show host, said: "Barack Obama now says he's open to offshore oil drilling. So, apparently, when he promised change, he was talking about his mind."


And speaking of flip-flops, Mr. Leno said: "See Barack Obama on the news? He's becoming a workout fanatic. He's at the gym, like, twice a day, sometimes three times a day at the gym, yeah, according to his staff. Well, he has to stay in shape to do those flip-flops."


Since Mr. Leno is supposed to have his mandatory retirement next year, people are expecting him to go all out in humoring the 2008 presidential bets. After all, this will be his last presidential coverage as the Tonight-Show host.


Here are some of the other really-funny Obama jokes, as compiled by the staff:


Craig Ferguson: "Barack Obama was in Germany" today, and "he did this speech and 100,000 people showed up. There were so many Germans shouting and screaming that France . . . surrendered just in case."


Jimmy Kimmel: "They really love Barack Obama in Germany. He's like a rock star over there. Impressive until you realize that David Hasselhoff is also like a rock star over there."


From David Letterman’s “Signs Barack Obama Is Overconfident:”


1.0       Proposed bill to change Oklahoma to 'Oklabama.'

2.0       Offered Bush 20 bucks for the 'Mission Accomplished' banner.

3.0       Asked guy at Staples, 'Which chair will work best in an oval-shaped office?'

4.0       Having head measured for Mount Rushmore.

5.0       Offered McCain a job in gift shop at Obama Presidential Library.


Editor’s Note: Mr. Bunao who is about a decade older than Senator McCain forgot the five other signs in Mr. Letterman’s Top 10 list. He is now that forgetful.


Actually it was Mr. Bunao who was ahead of Mr. Letterman in the topic of renaming American territories after the first Black-American President (if he makes it). He said that when Mr. Obama becomes the President, the Great State of Alabama would be renamed, “AlaObama.”


And Mr. Bunao predicts that the Diamond Head in Hawaii, where Mr. Obama was born, would be turned into a Pacific version of Mount Rushmore, with a President Barack’s facial profile becoming the first to be carved.


Here is another Leno quip: "Obama's people are trying to portray McCain as cranky, and McCain is trying to portray Obama as arrogant, you see. And when Obama was asked what he thought about being called arrogant, well, he said he was 'above having to answer that question.'"


And mind you, our other columnist, Jesse Jose, has not yet sent his latest compilation of Barack-Bashing jokes. It seems that Mr. Jose is Senator Obama’s Numero-Uno critic. Please just visit his A Cup O' Kapeng Barako  column, which has about 60 (out of 70) articles containing Mr. Jose’s funny attacks on Mr. Obama.


Here are the three earlier parts of this series:


Barack-Bashing and McCain-Mashing Treats of Wit and Humor (Part III)


More Barack-Bashing and McCain-Mashing Treats of Wit and Humor (Part II)


The Barack-Bashing and McCain-Mashing Exercises of Wit and Humor in the 2008 Presidential Campaign


(To be continued . . .)


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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 August 2008 22:08

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