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Old 07-16-2008, 01:51 PM
deebee deebee is offline
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Default Re: New Yorker Obama Cover

If Rosa would be so kind as to run for President on the Socialist Ticket, I would gladly vote for her because I think she has excellent natural instincts regarding how a candidate should handle sticky wicket situations with grace and good sense.

Their exploration of the difficulty of using satire or humor on Obama was also insightful as is Maureen Dowd's most recent column, "May We Mock, Barack? http://www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/index.html

Dowd cites the fact that late-night comics are handling Obama with kid gloves "because many in their audiences are intoxicated by him and resistant to seeing him skewered -- he has not been flayed by the sort of ridicule that diminished Dukakis, Gore and Kerry." I would also add that he entirely escaped comment during the Primaries, while on the Democratic side merciless fun was made of Dodd, Gravel, Kuchinich and Clinton. I sometimes wonder if he were to become President, would we be able to question him in the same way that we have questioned others? I admit that this worries me some because if we are to get through the hard times ahead, we're going to have to ask very tough questions while maintaining a healthy sense of humor.
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