Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Satire: Obama Releases List of Approved Jokes About Himself

OK, this is satire of a real issue -- a lot of people didn't like the New Yorker cover from this week, not just Obama supporters. But as always, Andy Borowitz funds a humorous twist.

Here is a quote from the Wired article cited above:
Indeed, the cover has already inspired the following online poll in a forum at the conservative online tabloid the WorldNetDaily: 59 percent of the small, unscientific sample of those taking the poll agree with the statement: "The image isn't too far from the dangerous truth about the Obama family."
Seems there are a lot of people who already hold this view in some quarters, and that cover just perpetuates the stupidity. Bad choice.

Anyway, a little humor:
Obama Releases List of Approved Jokes About Himself

Posted July 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM (EST)

Saying he is "sympathetic to late night comedians' struggle to find jokes to make about me," Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) today issued a list of official campaign-approved Barack Obama jokes.

The five jokes, which Sen. Obama said he is making available to all comedians free of charge, are as follows:

Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, "You know, we don't get many kangaroos here." Barack Obama replies, "At these prices, I'm not surprised. That's why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

A traveling salesman knocks on the door of a farmhouse, and much to his surprise, Barack Obama answers the door. The salesman says, "I was expecting the farmer's daughter." Barack Obama replies, "She's not here. The farm was foreclosed on because of subprime loans that are making a mockery of the American Dream."

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Why the long face?" Barack Obama replies, "His jockey just lost his health insurance, which should be the right of all Americans."

Q: What's black and white and red all over?
Barack Obama: The New Yorker magazine, which should be embarrassed after publishing such a tasteless and offensive cover, which I reject and denounce.

A Christian, a Jew and Barack Obama are in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean. Barack Obama says, "This joke isn't going to work because there's no Muslim in this boat."

One artist took this where it was already going -- a McCain wet dream:

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