Friday, June 8, 2012
Just when we thought there was no possible way that Barack Obama could further debase the dignity traditionally associated with the office of President of the United States, he chose to ignore any observance of the anniversary of D-Day and instead attended a Gay fundraising event at which he drew appreciative laughs by joking about Michelle having oral sex with Ellen DeGeneres.
In his scripted double-entendre, the president mentioned Michelle's appearance on Ellen DeGeneres's show during which the two did push-ups...and Michelle did the most, causing Ellen to get "some teasing."
"But," Obama said slyly, "I think she claims that Michelle didn't go all the way down..."
This generated a huge laugh from the Gay attendees, which Obama enjoyed for a few seconds before adding - like the seasoned comedian he is - "That's what I heard!"
Once the media backlash started, the president's handlers immediately started calling the remark entirely innocent, suggesting that the first Gay president is so innocent that he has no idea what the euphemism "going down" commonly refers to - even though he was quite conversant with the sexually-loaded (and perverse) term "teabagger."
Other presidential supporters claim that he was blindsided by simply reading the double-entendre off his teleprompter - mounting the odd defense that when words come out of Obama's mouth, they aren't his words and we shouldn't assume he even knows what he's talking about.
But anyone who has worked professionally in standup comedy (full disclosure: that would be me) can listen to the tape of Obama's remarks and tell instantly that the joke was intentional and skillfully milked for its full potential.
To make a few things absolutely clear, Hope n' Change has no problem with Gays or issues of Gay equality in law. In fact, we think it's hypocritical that Mr. Obama recently expressed his "personal preference" for Gay marriage to please donors but when it comes to signing legislation which would actually make it happen, his pen doesn't "go all the way down."
Nor do we have a problem with jokes, including dirty jokes. Even filthy dirty jokes.
But we do have a problem with a president who refuses to act in a presidential manner or show at least token respect for the office he holds and the people he serves.
That being said, is it hypocritical for Hope n' Change Cartoons to "diss" the first couple instead of showing respect for the office?
Oh Hell, no. Barack and Michelle Obama used up all of our charity (and patience) years ago. And it is our respect for the office which demands that we continue to point out this president's seemingly endless insults to America, so that November's election will see his loathsome administration go all the way down.