Many writers and comedians are having a hard time creating punchlines when it comes to Barack Obama, according to two articles in the New York Times.
“There’s a weird reverse racism going on,” late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said of the mostly-white staff and comedians, who are having difficulty getting past Obama’s pristine veneer–and race.
The Times claims that due to the presidential hopeful’s ethnicity, lack of “buffoonish”-ness, and audiences’ resistance to seeing him skewered, Obama’s “been flayed by the sort of ridicule that diminished Dukakis, Gore and Kerry.”
“If Obama keeps being stingy with his quips and smiles, and if the dominant perception of him is that you can’t make jokes about him, it might infect his campaign with an airless quality,” Maureen Dowd says in her column. “His humorlessness could spark humor.”
Mike Sweeney, the head writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien is pretty hopeful: “We’re hoping he picks an idiot as vice president.”