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May 4, 2014 - 7:04 am

Face it, Dems. Obama doesn’t do humor – at least the kind of self-deprecating humor that presidents like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were famous for.

Obama’s humor is mean-spirited. His zingers aimed at others feel like twisting the knife rather than a good-natured nudge. While there is always some measure of exaggeration when it comes to zinging an opponent, Obama’s premise is usually false to begin with. This makes his humor self-serving and decidedly unfunny.

Here, in my opinion, are the top 5 least funny jokes told by President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night.

1. I admit it — last year was rough. Sheesh. [Laughter] At one point, things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize. [Laughter]

Politicians are a fair target. But the American people? Sheesh!

2. Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters. But that’s OK. Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight, and he gave me some great tips on how to handle it. Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that! I am the best president in the game! What do you think, Richard, was that good? [Laughter] A little more feeling next time. [Laughter]

Ka-boink.

3. Anyway, while you guys focus on the horse race, I’m going to do what I do. I will be focused on everyday Americans. Just yesterday I read a heartbreaking letter. I get letters from folks around the country every day. I get 10 that I read. This one got me. A Virginia man who’s been stuck in the same part-time job for years. No respect from his boss. There was no chance to get ahead. I really wish Eric Cantor would stop writing me. You can just pick up the phone, Eric. [Laughter] [applause]

See what I mean about “mean-spirited”?

4. There is one thing that keeps Republicans busy. They have tried more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare. Despite that, 8 million people signed up for healthcare in the first open enrollment. [Applause] Which does lead one to ask, how well does Obamacare have to work before you don’t want to repeal it? What if everyone’s cholesterol drops to 120? What if your yearly checkup came with tickets to a Clippers’ game? Not the old Donald Sterling Clippers, the new Oprah Clippers. What if it gave Mitch McConnell a pulse? What is it going to take?

This is just bizarre. Note the absence of laughter — even from liberals.

5. You would think they would appreciate a more assertive approach, considering that the new conservative darling is non other than Vladimir Putin. Last year, Pat Buchanan said Putin’s headed straight for the Nobel Peace Prize. He said this. Now I know it sounds crazy but to be fair they give those to just about anybody these days. It could happen. [Laughter] [applause]

But it’s not just Pat, Rudy Giuliani said, “Putin is what you would call a leader. Mike Huckabee and Shawn Hannity keep talking about his bare chest, which is kind of weird. [Laughter] [applause] Look it up. They talk about it a lot. [Laughter]

What would an Obama speech be — even one that purports to be funny — without a gross exaggeration directed against his opponents? The exaggeration is not done for humor. It’s done to injure.

No, Putin is not the “new conservative darling.” He has come in for withering criticism from the vast majority of the right. What conservatives — and some liberals — have been pointing out is that Obama suffers by comparison with Putin when it comes to leadership ability. Putin is dominating the crisis in Ukraine — no one disputes this. At this point, Obama isn’t even in the game.

To point out Obama’s deficiencies in leadership when it comes to every major crisis around the world is perfectly legitimate and is a viewpoint shared by many experts from both sides of the aisle. Instead of skewering conservatives, Obama would have done better to make fun of his own inadequacies than create a straw man about conservative support for Putin.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Jokes that might be worth repeating

1) "I had a rough year...again. Have you seen the internals? I'm a Cubs fan and even I am not waiting for next year!"

2) " They tried to repeal Obamacare over 50 times. I've kept up with them, though. I've illegally changed it more than that, technically...with what remains of it, I have already repealed it myself!"

3) You know, you reporters keep complaining that I didn't share photos of me the night of the Benghazi murders. If you would send me a Danish blonde, I'll take the photos myself!


4) 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, meaning I can stop sending out that Nigerian bank offer letter!

5) 8 million people signed up for Obamacare. Well, ok we know that's a phony number. Two million didn't pay their premium. That's a negative. And five million lost their insurance first. That's also a negative. But a negative plus a negative is a positive, right?!

6) Growing up, there was a TV show that broke the color barrier that inspired me even to this day. Do any reporters, heads of state or conservatives want to guess its name? I Spy!

21 weeks ago
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Humor is cultural. In order to be humorous, the would-be comedian has to understand the culture. Obama will never be funny.
21 weeks ago
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I keep thinking of that photo from WW II of the man in Paris watching the Germans march through his city, and he's crying.

We have fallen, and we can't get up.

The hippies are having their holiday and it subliminally only amounts to a giant tantrum; Ruining everything that decent people hold dear, just because they can do it.

So, in the end, when it's all destroyed and we're a de-facto banana republic, will even hippies long for the days when they could "go down to the Circle K and get a Pepsi"?

I think they will.

They win, we all lose. Then they lose too.

The equal sharing of misery with the most miserable miscreant we've ever had in the white house.

Just remember, MISTER president, I'm not laughing with you; I'm laughing AT you.
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I recently saw Imus....some sort of ad....in which he sAid his IQ was over 160.
As a former teacher of gifted kids, I remember only the dummies knew their IQs and traded on them. I always liked Imus but he is getting OLD. He needs something.
21 weeks ago
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Don't quit your day job, uh wait, on second thought quit your day job, you've got the makings of a successful left wing comedian. After all, if Letterman and Colbert can get paid to be mean in the guise of comedy, anyone can.
21 weeks ago
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Take his wife - please.
21 weeks ago
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He's a petty little man and his performances as such gatherings proves it.
21 weeks ago
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I don't know if anyone here remembers the old 'F-Troop' TV program.

It appears to me that, during Obama's speech, there was a 'Corporal Agarn' character waving his hat at the parts where people were supposed to laugh.

I should also point out that, after reading this article, it would seem that Obama's speech fell just as flat as that sentry tower in the 'F-Troop' show.
21 weeks ago
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Bitter, nasty, stupid, petty, childish. Obama, a twisted little man, one network, Fox, and he fixates. Fanaticism and hate, the marks of Obama and the fools who laughed at his garbage.
21 weeks ago
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I would have had Don Imus write my material. He gave speech during this shindig when Clinton was president, it was hilarious and went over like a lead balloon. He has never been invited back.

I think maybe that Veitor guy wrote this stuff. I really isn't funny at all even if I were inclined to laugh with Obama. I think by the end, people weren't laughing "with" him.
21 weeks ago
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I guess it's okay to imply that Republicans are gay, and that for some reason it would be a bad thing if they were.
21 weeks ago
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"the new Oprah Clippers"? i guess if anyone knows a shakedown when he sees one, it's blowbama.
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Joffrey Hussein Obama holding court.
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