June 19, 2011

If, like me, you read or saw the breathless news reports about the excessively bad taste of hiring an Obama impersonator for the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, you'd have heard the comedian was yanked from the stage after making some off-color jokes about the President, and that someone had quickly realized there wasn't an upside for the GOP in featuring a comedian telling overtly racial, muslim-baiting, and homophobic jokes in a public forum. Or, if the GOP hadn't suddenly acquired some newfound sensitivity, then at least they were clueing-in to the fact how things would look to others not given to their own worldview. If you had read many of the reports that might been what you had gleaned. But if this is what you had thought you'd have been wrong.

The largest portion of his bit was devoted to Obama and his policies, so reviled by this crowd. They were in uproarious laughter then. It wasn't until the comic, a guy named Reggie Brown, began hitting the Republican hopefuls like Romney, Gingrich, Pawlenty and Bachmann that the mood noticeably soured and the boo's and catcalls began. The full bit went on for nearly twenty minutes, the Obama jokes nothing worse or more risqué than you'd hear on some lame network show like Saturday Night Live. Only when Brown aimed the spotlight back at them, for his last 3 minutes, did the hook come out, his microphone abruptly turned-off, which probably tells you all you need to know about the Republican Party.

Associated Press:

The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown turned to the candidates who are looking to make Obama a one-term president.

The impersonator took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty missed the conference because "he's having his foot surgically removed from his mouth."

"Don't worry: it's covered under Obamneycare ... along with spinal transplants," Brown said.

The impersonator joked about Romney's Mormon faith and about polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's tea party support.

Organizers then cut off Brown's microphone and turned on music. He was shown off the stage.

Here is the full video:

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