Do Voters Expect The President To Be Funny?

This was the Good Question the other night and I thought it was a good one. Do you think the president needs or should be “funny?” Do you think they should go on late night TV shows to get a laugh? Or host Saturday Night Live? To make fun of the problems we face or make fun of other people? Here is him on Jimmy Fallon.

I have a big opinion on this but I’ll leave mine in the comments just like the rest of you.

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8 Responses to Do Voters Expect The President To Be Funny?

  1. skl1 says:

    No, I think they should look like they take their job seriously. There is a lot of bad stuff going on. It is the height of insensitivity to joke about serious issues from a high position when people are suffering. Kinda rings like “let them eat cake.”

    I would not mind them doing it once, during a time of relative levity, just to show that they have a chill side. But it’s an insult to our intelligence to do it now when (a) everyone will recognize it as a campaign stunt and (b) there’s nothing funny about our economy, the state of our international relations, or pretty much anything else the president is expected to answer for. Furthermore, those of us who have been watching him over the years know that his true nature as a president is not “friendly” at all. Remember “I don’t care if they don’t like it; I got elected and they didn’t.” How about “the cops acted stupidly,” and his encouraging people to terrorize wall street execs (and today they tried to blow up the bridge down the street from my house), etc. etc. etc. And if that isn’t enough, he has spent more than enough time chilling out on the golf course or on other vacations during his term as president. He doesn’t have any personal time left to fool around with TV comedy. Shoot, I don’t even have time to watch TV, and my unemployed sister doesn’t own a TV, but our country’s leader has time to be on laugh TV?

    The sad thing is that some people will eat this up. Remember how many people thought Tina Fey’s “I can see Russia from my front porch” was an actual Palin quote? Some people are dumb enough to be swayed by this stuff. Sometimes I think people ought to have a minimum IQ to be allowed to vote.

  2. Laura says:

    I haven’t even watched the video yet, and I can tell you… this makes me SICK. I expect a certain level of professionalism from my president – R or D, I don’t care – and I have NOT seen that from this man.

    I honestly don’t have a problem with my President having a sense of humor. I still crack up at that clip of Bush trying to get through the locked doors. The man could laugh at himself. He could joke with reporters. But Obama looks like he’s trying to be a standup comedian. He’s so busy doing the “look at me, I’m funny” routine, and slamming his opponents, that it really turns me off. It would be one thing, I guess, if he was good at his job, but he isn’t. He sucks rocks. But, no, it wouldn’t matter to me if he was good at his job. The President is supposed to be above that crap.

    Honestly, I don’t have a problem with the “Bill Clintoning” bit – getting up and showing off that you’re a good sax player, or singing a verse of a song. Fine, it’s a gimmick, the people like it, in a relaxed setting it’s fine. It’s not exactly professional, but I’m willing to cut *some* slack. But when you’re up there, being the Stand-Up King, bashing those who are supposed to be your professional equals and your partners in your job. That’s just low class, and just plain wrong.

  3. Sue says:

    It’s fine to have a sense of humor, it’s fine to joke with reporters or the crowd every once in awhile, but to always try and be the funny guy/gal when your country could be doing much better, is just not at the top of my list. I think it’s good that they make appearances outside of regularly scheduled press conferences so we can all be reminded that they are human and do have families and lives, but you must know that when you are elected President of the United States, people hold you on a higher pedestal. Does anyone know who started the talk show circuit appearances?

  4. Joy says:

    I feel like everyone else. I hated this and I hated that roast thing. I feel that we are in a lot of trouble in this country and if we don’t get back on track I’m not sure what’s going to happen. There is nothing funny to me about the Secret Service or any of that. I think for him to joke about that wasn’t funny. It’s an embarrassment. I also can’t stand Kim Kardashian but I think what he said about her was very rude. How would you like the president to pick on you and say ” what’s she even famous for” while you were sitting there? I just don’t get it. I think it would be all fine and well if a sitting president did this like Laura mentioned during a more “low key” time it might squeeze by but a lot of people were really offended about that roast.

    I think we have to get back on the track where our president means something like royalty. Where we respect him. Where he’s not one of the boys having a beer on the white house lawn to “make up” for a stupid remark. I think the president is so much more than a joke boy. At least when Clinton used to make the rounds he was playing his sax. That was cool. It seems “canned” with Obama. Like it’s fake. I don’t know. I guess it’s because times are so troubled and I have a hard time laughing at serious problems to begin with.

    I don’t know who started it. Kennedy was the first one on TV. I think some TV programs like 60 Minutes or the 20-20 shows where it’s serious are different. If there is an issue I also don’t see the problem of them going on TV but the roasts or hosting Saturday Night Live and the making fun of everything that I find so disrespectful.

  5. Nikki says:

    I agree with everyone here. He’s the leader of our country. I don’t think any of them should be on a talk show making “funnies.” Maybe, maybe…if we were doing good, and not having the problems we are facing, I could take this a little easier. I don’t mind a sense of humor. I welcome it. But there is a time and place for it, and right now I’m not sure there is any place for it. Not right now.

    I tried watching the video’s but it bogged my computer down really fast, so I’ll try to later.

  6. mssc54 says:

    The thing that bothers me abut this is that it appears (to me) that he takes these things much more seriously… or gives these sort of things more credence than the more important things about HIS JOB!

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