The Obama-Biden Laugh Track Strategy
The Democratic ticket's gaffe factory is working overtime to lighten the national mood.
September 24, 2008 - 1:31 am
Take for instance Barack Obama’s “who’s on first” gag with Matt Lauer during an interview that aired Tuesday morning. After criticizing John McCain for coming out against the AIG bailout last week, Lauer asked about his own vice presidential candidate taking the exact same position not three minutes after McCain made his remarks. The laughable result was Barack Obama spinning faster than a frog in a blender, saying that running mate Biden — a 36-year Senate veteran — needed to consult with the straight man first before stating his opinions.
Joe Biden is definitely the Robin Williams of this campaign cycle, showing off his improv chops to Katie Couric while riding the campaign bus through the Ohio countryside last Thursday. In what is sure to become a stand-up classic, Biden called the Obama campaign ad mocking John McCain’s computer skills “terrible,” but then came out a few hours later and said that he had never seen the attack ad. Apparently Biden hasn’t heard of these things called “computers” to see what his own campaign is putting out.
He then followed that one up with a gut-busting one-liner about how Franklin D. Roosevelt handled the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 by going on TV to tell his fellow Americans how it happened. The unspoken punch line is, of course, that FDR wasn’t even president in 1929, and he didn’t make his first TV appearance until a decade later in 1939.
And no doubt they are rolling in the aisles back home in Scranton, PA, over his recent sight gag, asking Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to get up out of his wheelchair.
The Barack Obama and Joe Biden ticket certainly makes for great family entertainment, but they are beginning to learn that it’s hard to keep an audience, as Obama found out earlier this week in Green Bay, WI, where 4,000 less people showed up than a McCain-Palin rally there just a few days before. Unfortunately for the Democratic duo, many Americans are already in on the joke.