Monday, July 21, 2008

Obama jokes (we’ll miss Bush when he’s gone)

Liam raises the pressing issue of how hard it is to make jokes about Barack Obama. The trouble is that he’s a bit solemn and not very funny (Obama, that is, not Liam); see here for some efforts that are based on this fact.

I’ve tried to do my bit (have used some US spellings for authenticity):

Barack Obama walks into a bar. It was a bar to fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of millions of America’s children.

Two nuns and Barack Obama were having a bath together. While in the tub, they discussed the vital role that faith can play not only in the individual’s moral betterment and the binding together of a family, but also in the political and social life of our great nation; this inspired the nuns to set up a voter registration program for disadvantaged young people in their neighborhood. And they conserved precious resources by sharing the hot water.

Why did Barack Obama cross the road? Because for too long, we have allowed our ambitions to be dulled by circumstances not of our choosing, our dreams to be stifled by the inherited constraints of what seems possible, and our noble efforts in every just cause to be diverted, so subtly, into the cheerless management of the day-to-day. But we are the ‘Walk’ sign we’ve been waiting for. Can we cross the road? Yes we can!


Cassilis said...

I'd dearly love to lay claim to more humour and less solemnity that Obama but I'm not sure my wife would agree (and, let's face it she's better placed than anyone else to validate that claim). Having a two-year old means I use the word 'change' almost as often as him though...

As for the jokes the middle one is a work of genius....

Tom said...

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Barack who?
Barack Obama

Andrew R said...

Barack Obama, a rabbi and a goat walk into the bar.

The barman says, "Is this some kind of joke?"

Barack Obama says, "No, it is not. May I please have a diet soda?"

Andrew R said...

Barack Obama's wife went to East Africa.


Yes, we can!

Tom said...

How many Barack Obamas does it take to change a light bulb?

It is not Barack Obama who will change the light bulb. We are the change our light bulb is waiting for.

Tom said...

"Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I'm Barack Obama."

"I'm afraid I can't help you, because you have no health insurance."

Andrew R said...

What's black and white and red all over?

Barack Obama!

Although, to be strictly fair, "red", which in this context is being used as a reference to his politics rather than in a literal sense, tends to imply a radical or extreme brand of economic policies, principally communism, rather than the vaguely left-of-US-centre position occupied by Senator Obama which incorporates (for example) government supported health-care but by no means extends to nationalisation of the means of production. Similarly, the phrase "black and white" in the setup to this jocular retort refers to the fact that the Senator has one Caucasian parent and one African parent and should not be taken as factually descriptive of his appearance.

Perhaps a more accurate version of this jest would read as follows: Who has mixed-race ancestry and somewhat liberal economic views?

Many people across the US, one of whom is Barack Obama!