Rightbloggers: Obama Unfairly Uses Bin Laden, Jokes, and Slow Jam to Get Reelected

"Obama fooling on Fallon while failing America," wrote Rev. Michael Bresciani. "Pathetic," sniffed Ann Coulter.

"The Five Attacks President Obama For Being Too Cool In 'Awful' Fallon Appearance," reported Mediaite. Ben Shapiro declared that Obama's appearance violated campaign laws, and demanded, "Mitt Romney should be given equal time, and an equally sycophantic propaganda piece by Fallon." Now that we would watch.

The performance "has some Americans wondering if the president has now 'jumped the shark,' that is to say, gone over the top to ensure his demise," claimed World Net Daily, offering as proof a caller-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, and Limbaugh himself.

It just got worse when Obama gave another blithe performance at the White House Correspondent's Dinner last weekend.

Some objected to the whole idea of such a dinner. "Great to know that our fearless watchdogs are busy swilling wine with the people they are supposed to be covering and introducing them to their wives and posing for pictures with Mila Kunis," snarled Right, Wing-Nut! Breitbart fans picketed the show.

But some rightbloggers noticed MC Jimmy Kimmel did some gags about Obama, and enjoyed those, anyway. "You will notice when listening to Kimmel's roasts," explained Scared Monkeys, "the ones that are more funny than others are the ones that have a bit of truth to them, not just making a partisan hit joke." Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft approved Kimmel's routine "Including Kenyan Jokes" ("Needless to say - This was fun to watch").

Some even got into the celebrity-watching aspect ("God, I'd take Sandra Fluke over that whale of Meghan McCain. Gross," observed Donald Douglas of American Power.)

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Your move, Mitt.
Howard Portnoy noted one Kimmel joke -- "There's a term for President Obama, probably not two terms" -- and provided this interesting context: "The cameras did not record the president's response," he wrote, "so it's hard to know whether he managed a rare laugh at his own expense or curled his bottom lip into the pouty expression he wears when he accuses his opponents of treating him like a dog."

Actually, as usual at these things, Obama seemed to have a good time, which just drove some of the brethren crazy.

At Reason, Lucy Steigerwald's fury over the President making jokes was palpable. "So why is it so jaw-droppingly wonderful that the president manages to have enough comic timing to get some of the jokes that he didn't write across?" she asked. "Why is it so exciting that it's like he's people?... Remember, mocking the stupidest critiques of your presidency is the height of edgy, self-deprecating humor."

Steigerwald was mildly pleased that Kimmel made jokes at Obama's expense -- "Maybe the bloom is off the rose a little for Obama if a comedian dared to go there" -- but this was spoiled by the crowd's enthusiastic response to Obama: "The way the crowd howled at Obama's every half-witticism," she sulked, "it didn't feel like it. Listening to Obama speak in person is as infuriating as it is on television; worse, with journalists in hysterics and me looking dour and thinking this isn't funny. But maybe Obama is funny. Maybe I can't tell." Maybe entertainment news reporting, or entertainment, isn't her thing.

Jonah Goldberg was cheered, slightly, by a video from Republican front group American Crossroads mocking Obama for being "cool," but not totally satisfied.

"I wish the ad had at least one or two really solid clips conveying how despearately Obama wants to seem cool, which is always the great coolness-killer. It would have helped set the tone of the ad much better."

Yeah, that'd be really awesome. Connoisseurs of Goldberg's legendary work ethic will especially appreciate his follow-up: "What would those clips be? I'm not sure, but then again I'm not making the ad. Michael Moore seems to find a way to find that kind of footage pretty easily, and I have no doubt it can be found in Obama's case."

You heard him, guys. Get to work. It's gonna be a long campaign.


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waldo
waldo

Best shorter ever--

 'I wish the ad had at least one or two really solid clips conveying how desperately Obama wants to seem cool, which is always the great coolness-killer.....if only we had a picture of him with poop in his pants, holding a commie flag, everyone'd know what a poopy-pants commie he is! Faart.Barry farts cooler than Jonah will ever be.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Obama did mention that Romney tried to get equal time on the Merv Griffin Show. Funny, I thought, a gig on the David Frost show might have been more revealing.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

This from Jonah is pretty sweet:  "I wish the ad had at least one or two really solid clips conveying how despearately Obama wants to seem cool, which is always the great coolness-killer. It would have helped set the tone of the ad much better."

Remember when Jonah was hanging around with the guy who wrote "Conservatism for Punks"?  Sure you do.

Danielle Belton
Danielle Belton

I hear Michelle Shaniqua Obama wore a ghetto fabulous velvet dress.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

The Cranky GOP (Grandads-Only Party) looks out window, sees Democrats playing on lawn. Much complaining and pissing-of-pants ensues.

They really don't see what a bunch of pedantic idiots they look like outside of their stupid bubble.

Horatius
Horatius

Obama eats dogs.

There. I just sprayed some Treachericide in the comments section. No free clicks for you Roy.

Mike Francis
Mike Francis

Jonah Goldberg: "Maybe I'm just imagining it?"

Yes, you are.

This has been another edition of "Simple Answers to Stupid Questions."

Susan Wood
Susan Wood

Well, first the teleprompter, now the Grecian Formula. Folks, Saint Ronaldus Magnus used both throughout his Presidency.

Danielle Belton
Danielle Belton

I see he is up there flapping those big purple lips again saying nothing of consequence.

torchie4269
torchie4269

Anyone who doesn't drink Blue Koolaid is a right-winger, apparently.

Glenn
Glenn

Oh, hell, why don't they just say what they really mean - it's unfair for Obama to campaign at all!

Nate Kelly
Nate Kelly

Reason is right wing? Lucy is right wing? Your partisanship is making you look really ignorant.

Jennifer
Jennifer

"President Obama celebrated with an ad reminding everyone that he killed him."

Well, this was unforgivably tacky, I really must agree.  Everyone knows that to do it with class, you need to park an aircraft carrier a few miles offshore, thus delaying the return home of all troops aboard and the expenditure of some many thousands of taxpayer dollars, and fly in on a fighter jet in a flightsuit, the crotch of which has been stuffed with a pair of socks, to pose in front of a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner.  How else are the rightbloggers supposed to get their boners?

Also, "Great to know that our fearless watchdogs are busy swilling wine with the people they are supposed to be covering and introducing them to their wives and posing for pictures with Mila Kunis," is only ok if you wander around the stage, looking under the podium, while playing a clip of searching the Oval Office for "missing" WMDs to the uproarious laughter of those same fearless watchdogs who actively covered up your lies, enabling and encouraging the tragic and needless waste of the lives of thousands of American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and at least a trillion dollars.  Now THAT'S comedy, folks!

These guys embody that Biblical passage about "swallowing camels and straining at gnats."

 

TimSPC
TimSPC

The right is in full deflection mode. They nominated someone weak on foreign policy. Romney waivers too much to seem credible enough to make the tough decisions Obama has had too make. Sooner or later, they're going to have to face up to Romney's wimpiness.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

I hate these people more and more each day.

mommadillo
mommadillo

"Conservative groups could run ads pointing out that Obama would never have been presented with the chance to green-light the operation without President Bush's decisions"

Also, if Bush hadn't been asleep at the wheel and allowed 9/11 to happen, there'd have been no reason to hunt down bin Laden in the first place!  Suck it, libtards!

gocart mozart
gocart mozart

Shouldn't McCain and Palin get the credit for killing Bin Laden, I mean, if McCain wasn't such a crotchity old man and Palin wasn't such a dunderhead then Obama might never have been elected and had the opportunity.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"Then, technically, President George W. Bush gets the credit, since it was on his watch our war on terror was declared, Navy SEALs and Special Forces funding was increased and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began."

Similarly Bush passed that prescription drug bill thus laying the foundations of Obamacare.  Hail the Decider!

ColBatGuano
ColBatGuano

 I think your Klan robes need cleaning. You just shit all over them.

Aaron M Dellutri
Aaron M Dellutri

I wish Michelle Obama had the middle name Shaniqua and sumptuous bee-stung lips. I wish that she would coat her cornrows of hair in vaseline and beat the living shit out of Sens. Lindsey Graham & James Inhofe on national TV. Unfortunately for me and for you, Michelle Obama is a solidly middle-class, self-possessed lady who will never that.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

I think you conservative dumb fucks overestimate peoples' interest in Michelle Obama.  But like racism in general, because you're obsessed...

o3
o3

I hates to be all pendantic horatius, but  "obama ATE dog" is the correct conjugal.

Julia Grey
Julia Grey

They know that, they're just pretending to have forgotten.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Who would that be, again? 

coozledad
coozledad

I guess we're about to hear the libertarian variations on the dog-eating joke form, with" i'll find out where you live and pull out your fingernails, because that's how I roll" libertarians following suit.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Yeah, Reason is so mavericky and independent on the 2 or 3 things on which they mildly differ with Republicans.  /Yawn.

Horatius
Horatius

 All KoolAid is red for a reason.

Aaron M Dellutri
Aaron M Dellutri

 Yeah, dumbass, Reason is totally right wing. The Libertarians' allies will always be the Religious Right and the Neoconservatives and the Libertarians for their part seem to be perfectly aware of this fact.

Jay B.
Jay B.

Yeah, it's not like whores are right wing or left wing, they are simply whores. Well, except for Reason, they are a right-wing whore that every once in a while criticizes the police state. Except when they celebrate it. 

Horatius
Horatius

 Look who's paying their bills. Good old Granpa Koch.

mds
mds

 "Reason is right wing?"

Yup, pretty much.

"Your partisanship is making you look really ignorant."

... Okay, this succint observation has forced me to reconsider.  He's got you there, Edroso.  Reason is absolutely stuffed with genuinely left-libertarian points of view like Nobody McFuckall, with occasional special guest the silently gesticulating ghost of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

Robert M.
Robert M.

Quoting from the author's (excellent) blog: "...libertarianism only exists to give young Republicans something marginally less repulsive to call themselves when they're trying to get laid."

edroso
edroso

As a regular Reason reader, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Libertarians are conservatives with social anxieties.

coozledad
coozledad

Aw, Nate you're just a "libertarian" because your dad hasn't had one of his friends "screw you Republican" yet.

Angus MacAskill
Angus MacAskill

Yeah, if someone who expends a lot of words criticizing the human impact of Obama's drone attacks can be slagged off as a right winger, even as war-lovin' Democrats get to stay full members of the left wing club — then surely the words "left" and "right" have lost what little meaning they had.

o3
o3

well libertarians ARE the smart republicans

Horatius
Horatius

 Funny think is that they so fucked up their own shit that Obama can even defend gay marriage. Here's a sample exchange.

R-Money: The bible says marriage is between one man and one woman. Kenyan Muslim Usurper: Or One man and many women.

coozledad
coozledad

 TimSPC:I first read that as '"full defecation mode". Funny. It still works.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

The GOP, or the wiseass commenters?

Jennifer
Jennifer

My thought was similar:  if Bush hadn't been such a fucking disaster and so poisoned the Republican brand, would a country as racist as this one ever have elected the black guy? 

pablo
pablo

Hey it was Bush ignoring the memo "bin Laden Determined to Strike Within U.S." that even made the hunt for bin Laden possible, so give credit when credit is due.

parsec
parsec

And they never pass up a chance to rewrite the history of 9/11.  Some of us who lived through the time remember that "terrorism" was written off as a Clinton obsession, an unwillingness to come to grips with the reality of state-sponsorship of this phenomenon and the need for adequate "missile defense."  Condi Rice ignored warnings from Richard Clarke, Sandy Berger, and George Tenet on the topic.  Bush dismissed the famous PDB with a brusque "All right, you've covered your ass now."  Ashcroft submitted a budget with cuts to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts -- on September 10.  That History is a stubborn cuss.

Dstatton
Dstatton

"...and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began."And ended at Tora Bora.

GeoX
GeoX

No, if you say it that way, no one will care.  It's necessary for The Cause to lie by putting it in the present tense.

mds
mds

 Isn't it obvious from the context, Jennifer?  Grimmis!

torchie4269
torchie4269

Right.  You must be an avid reader to know the place so well.

HMDK
HMDK

 Libertarians... they come in many variations, all myopic, but the prominent american ones seem to be basically about: cut all taxes and let business run wild, underage porn is okay, but let gays marry (maybe... at some point) and let me smoke weed (right now!) . Oh... and let us not forget the gold standard of idiocy: the... well, The Gold Standard.The weed thing is fine by me. I, as you,  don't believe it has any real negative effect, except making people boring to talk to. Weirder, more illegal, drugs would enhance conversation interest.

lacp
lacp

War-loving Democrats are left-wing?  According to who?

And it's probably not a good idea for people who don't want to be associated with right-wing ideology to take up housekeeping in a joint that stands for unbridled free markets.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

No, they are the Republicans who smoke dope on the weekends.

Les Legato
Les Legato

Hey it was Clinton who ignored bin laden in 1993. Too bad OBL wasn't a chunky intern, Clinton would have nailed him.

Obama gets credit for getting Bin Laden the way Nixon gets credit for Armstrong landing on the moon

The main difference tween Obama and Osama is the BS. They both memorized the islamic call to prayer.

torchie4269
torchie4269

LMAO, I was wondering when someone would bring up TEH EVEEEEEL KOCHTOPUS. *sigh*

Horatius
Horatius

 Yes. How else do you think we know they suck at the Koch teats?

McSalmon
McSalmon

 Bollocks. The 9/11 commission totally dismissed those claims as the load of rubbish they were. In 1993, bin Laden wasn't even a target - we didn't get an indictment until 1998, and then Clinton tossed a missile at him. Obama deserves the credit for this, because had it gone down differently, your lot would be howling for blood at this failure. Better conspiracies, please.

lacp
lacp

You mean.....not only a kneegrow, but a Scary Mooselimb, too?  EEK! EEK!  SCARY KNEEGROW MOOSELIMB!

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