Obama Dangerfield – 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 you’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, “I get no respect” routine on the Letterman show. No, seriously. I’d love to see an actual comedy routine by the President, selling his health care plan in the spirit of America’s favorite loveable victim – Rodney Dangerfield.

How about it America? I know I would watch – 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 Monday’s Letterman show, here is about the 5 minutes of President Obamafield’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 gentleman…the President of the United States – Barack Obamafield!!!

“I gotta tell ya America…I get no respect.”

“I was in the green room trying to get a coke — the machine kept blinking…NO CHANGE – NO CHANGE – NO CHANGE!”

“Last night I prayed to God to hear the voice of America more clearly…I woke up with bigger ears!”

“Yesterday I told Rahm Emanuel we need to make this health care plan stand out more…he stuck a dead fish in the bill.”

“I told Rahm I wanted America to look at me differently tonight…he gave me his tutu to wear.”

“No respect!”

“I threw out the first pitch at the all-star game…I got an invitation to the Special Olympics – to participate!”

“Last night I caught my daughter telling a fib, I told her she should always tell the truth”…she said, “Like Joe Wilson does?”

“I get no respect!”

“I told the Surgeon general this health care debate is killing me”…she said, “Relax – have a cigarette.”

“Wanda Sykes told me Rush Limbaugh needs a kidney transplant…I’m the only match!”

“No respect!”

“Kathleen Sebelius suggested dropping health care reform all together.” I said, “Over my dead body.” She said, “is that shovel ready?”

“Before I came out, my staff told me this routine would kill…like your health care plan!”

“I tell ya America, I get no respect!”

Now that’s the kind of performance I expect from a real celebrity President. How about you?

Neil Braithwaite is a Real Estate Broker and writer in Charlotte, NC. He writes political commentary and satire and is a regular contributor to PoliticalDerby.com.

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