One of the things I find refreshing is President Obama's ability to laugh at himself and be sincere about it. In a campaign appearance in Los Angeles, he took a moment to poke fun at himself and his debate performance. Via
October 9, 2012

[oldembed width="420" height="356" src="https://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" flashvars="videoId=1885133037001&playerID=1409164951001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAETmrZQ~,EVFEM4AKJdRjek0MS21pRzf_GTDAM-xj&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" resize="1" fid="22"]

One of the things I find refreshing is President Obama's ability to laugh at himself and be sincere about it. In a campaign appearance in Los Angeles, he took a moment to poke fun at himself and his debate performance.

Via Politico:

Speaking to a concert crowd at the Nokia Theater here, Obama said the musical acts that performed for his campaign – the likes of Katy Perry, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder, among others – “just perform flawlessly, night after night.”

A beat passed. Then the president made himself the punch line.

“I can’t always say the same,” he said.

I still think there was an element of rope-a-dope going in the debate, but regardless, it was a funny line that serves to acknowledge to the base that they expect more from him, while minimizing the impact of his performance. Humor is always a great way to pass the message along.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.