If this were Gerald Ford?

These pictures were obtained here. If Gerald Ford had hit is head, I somehow suspect that the comedians would have had a field day with it. When Ford slipped on some wet steps while deplaning Air Force One, that single incident was fodder for political comedians such as Chevy Chase for years. If George W. Bush had hit his head, I suspect that the same thing would have occurred. Remember Bush passing out because he choked on a pretzel during January 2002? There were a huge number of political jokes about it. It will be an interesting academic exercise to see how many late night jokes there will be regarding Obama hitting his head while leaving Marine One. Obama is essentially the same height as George H.W. Bush (6' 1" to 6' 2") and Ronald Reagan (6' 1").

Speaking of Chevy Chase, his recent comments about using humor on Saturday Night Live to destroy a candidate's credibility might be relevant here. When commenting on Tina Fey's portrayal of Sarah Palin he said:

"I want her to decimate this woman. This woman is, I can't believe there hasn't been more about it. ... It's just unbelievable to me this woman is actually running for vice president."

Chase also claimed that unlike other guests Lorne Michaels had nothing written for Palin when she appeared on SNL: “What was brilliant about (‘SNL’ chief) Lorne (Michaels) was that he had nothing written for Sarah . . . ."



Blogger John C said...

Bush did hit his head getting onto Marine One. It made number 3 on Letterman's top 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw3ccbuCEEE

2/09/2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger John C said...

Bush did hit his head getting onto Marine One. It made number 3 on Letterman's top 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw3ccbuCEEE

2/09/2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger 1 said...

Well the Iowa Hawk has a zinger on one of Obama's previous spaz moments that is hilarious...

2/09/2009 2:00 PM  
Blogger rasguy24 said...

SNL political direction as well as most the media is plan to see. The Media's hate for Palin was simple, She don't agree with Abortion. Bottom line abortion fans, even if Row vs Wade is overturned you'll always be able to do it in California, and New York. It would just be state regulated.

The Media for the most part should be ashamed of it's self, the general public doesn't know how our Government works and count on the media for facts not opinions. For all the truth not just what they want us to hear. Nothing can illustrate this better then the last 7 years of Iraq news, yet nothing on an economic freeze or slowdown.

Yes if it was Ford it would have been everywhere.

If the Senate Finance commity was Republicans I'm sure we would have learned of Fannie and Freddie before the bailout was needed.

2/09/2009 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's the point? You want comedians to be unbiased in their jokes? I don't know about you, but I don't look toward those people hoping to hear great, insightful, well-balanced jokes. If that's you're thing, then maybe humor isn't for you.

2/10/2009 12:16 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I second the last post. If comedians aren't making fun of people in the way you would like you're either going to have to make the jokes yourself or just endure. Comedy shows are one arena where the marketplace is really boss - if P. J. O'Rourkee could put together a show as funny and popular as the daily show television would carry it.


2/10/2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger TheBronze said...

I thought Pres. Bush was 5'11"?

2/10/2009 10:29 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear TheBronze:

I wrote George H.W. Bush, not George W. Bush.

2/11/2009 10:07 PM  

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