Obama Dangerfield â€“ Looking for respect
By: Neil Braithwaite
With all his upcoming TV appearances and most polls showing Americans getting Obama fatigue, maybe President Obama should think seriously about changing his delivery this time.
If youâ€™re going to play the victim, you might as well play the part all the way.
It would be refreshing, as well as a huge rating improvement, to see President Obama pull a Rodney Daingerfield, â€œI get no respectâ€ routine on the Letterman show. No, seriously. Iâ€™d love to see an actual comedy routine by the President, selling his health care plan in the spirit of Americaâ€™s favorite loveable victim â€“ Rodney Dangerfield.
How about it America? I know I would watch â€“ maybe even Tivo the entire bit. What do you want to bet it would be the most watched Obama appearance ever? A real Youtube extravaganza! It would be interesting to see how it would play out, given that Americans always love a good laugh.
For a quick tease of Mondayâ€™s Letterman show, here is about the 5 minutes of President Obamafieldâ€™s late-night routine.
So conger-up your best Dangerfield impression, picture our prime time President, grab that tie, start jerking around a little, and get started.
Ladies and gentlemanâ€¦the President of the United States â€“ Barack Obamafield!!!
â€œI gotta tell ya Americaâ€¦I get no respect.â€
â€œI was in the green room trying to get a coke — the machine kept blinkingâ€¦NO CHANGE â€“ NO CHANGE – NO CHANGE!â€
â€œLast night I prayed to God to hear the voice of America more clearlyâ€¦I woke up with bigger ears!â€
â€œYesterday I told Rahm Emanuel we need to make this health care plan stand out moreâ€¦he stuck a dead fish in the bill.â€
â€œI told Rahm I wanted America to look at me differently tonightâ€¦he gave me his tutu to wear.â€
â€œI threw out the first pitch at the all-star gameâ€¦I got an invitation to the Special Olympics â€“ to participate!â€
â€œLast night I caught my daughter telling a fib, I told her she should always tell the truthâ€â€¦she said, â€œLike Joe Wilson does?â€
â€œI get no respect!â€
â€œI told the Surgeon general this health care debate is killing meâ€â€¦she said, â€œRelax – have a cigarette.â€
â€œWanda Sykes told me Rush Limbaugh needs a kidney transplantâ€¦Iâ€™m the only match!â€
â€œKathleen Sebelius suggested dropping health care reform all together.â€ I said, â€œOver my dead body.â€ She said, â€œis that shovel ready?â€
â€œBefore I came out, my staff told me this routine would killâ€¦like your health care plan!â€
â€œI tell ya America, I get no respect!â€
Now thatâ€™s the kind of performance I expect from a real celebrity President. How about you?