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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 12, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    Game for a Laugh with Barack Obama

    Deaglán de Bréadún

     Here’s the YouTube of President Obama’s witty speech at the White House Correspondents’  Dinner last Saturday night. For some reason it is dated March 9th, not May 9th. Some of the humour is a little too esoteric for those of us outside the Beltway but it is still worth watching.

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    The charm and self-assurance of the man are very striking. If only some of our own leaders could have this combination of articulacy and self-confidence. As with JFK at the start of his presidency, Obama is on a roll. But will Afghanistan bring him down, as Vietnam might have scuppered Kennedy’s reputation, had he lived?

    Maybe it’s time to have an Irish version of the Correspondents’ dinner. Even his critics would agree that Brian Cowen, for example, can be quite witty and has excellent powers of mimicry.

    • Liam says:

      He is still in a honeymoon phase and I am not sure how long it will last, I would say Afghanistan will be the least of his problems, It’s the Economy stupid! .He seems to have surrounded himself with the same clowns that helped create the economic mess like Timmy Geithner. Somehow I don’t think next year’s dinner will be so pleasant, we may get back to the good old days of Bush and Colbert.

    • Eoin says:

      Put up the video of Wanda Sykes’ routine. It went from wildly hilarious to a really awkward joke about Rush Limbaugh being the 20th hijacker on 9/11! Everyone was squirming in their seats…

    • paul m says:

      I think ‘The Axe’ handed Obama a box set of The West Wing before his party nomination and said “everything you need to know is in there…”

      His delivery, patter, candour with the press and opposition, the pace at which he is moving, the young ‘no sleep til Brooklyn’ team mixed in with Axelrod (Toby) as the watchman, it’s like watching episodes of Bartlet and Co!

      In case anyone missed it, the extremely gifted and wildly excentric Aaron Sorkin was asked to conjure up a presidential conversation that could have happened during Obama’s campaign. Makes for some wonderful reading;

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21dowd-sorkin.html?_r=1

    • Deaglán says:

      This is Wanda Sykes at the same dinner. Didn’t think she was as witty as the Prez though.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m2ubJYJXUo


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