Sunday, May 02, 2010

A Laughable Time with President Obama

On May 1st President Obama yucked it up with journalists at the National Correspondents dinner. A good time was had by all, as Obama delivered killer one liners.

Would a President clown around less two weeks after 9-11? What about two weeks after Hurricane Katrina? Bush made a deer in the headlights talk from the dead city. While massive devastation awaits offshore, I'm glad America's leaders had a chance to poke fun at one another.

Meanwhile, citizens in affected areas are left to do the best they can with what few tools they have. It brings to mind Hurricane Katrina, where dead hospitals had to "evacuate themselves."

Like Bush, Obama ordered up an investigative report. Frances Townsend wrote the Katrina Lessons Learned Report, a whitewash of abysmal quality. She could be working on Deepwater Horizons, on behalf of Uncle Sam or any of four corporate entities, BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron.

Like George W., Barack will visit the Gulf Coast tomorrow, 13 days after the rig exploded. Glib Obama might have better answers to out of work shrimpers. Then again, he could tell them "to go to the closest Salvation Army." Per chance, did that make last night's joke list? Or did he show the above picture and say:

"Now, which Founding Father does that resemble? (laughter) Look at the nose and hat on that guy! Is that the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker? Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub, laying out oil booms." (raucous laughter)

I'm sure the crowd would've gone Apollo wild, the Harlem comedy club, not the private equity underwriter or the view from space.

(Hat Tip-Wonk Room)

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