Obama Mocks Republicans in Solo Comedy Act
President Barack Obama made an appearance on Broadway for just one night only, performing a comedy act in front of 1,300 people. The topic of his act? Republicans and their ineptitude in running for office.
He took the stage in the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which is most famous for its original performances of Hamilton, the hit musical about the life and works of Alexander Hamilton during America’s fight for independence. Obama’s act followed a special performance of the show put on for a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser.
Usually when Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser, he chooses to use words of inspiration and encouragement. But this time, he took a different approach, and it received glowing reviews from the Democrats in the room.
He poked fun at the GOP and their last debate in which some of the candidates seemed ready to come to blows with the moderators. The candidates, particularly Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz, were upset because they didn’t feel that they were being asked relevant questions. Following the incident, the Republican National Committee went so far as to announce that they would no longer participate in the NBC debate. Instead they and several of the candidates recommended bringing in moderators like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.
Regarding that incident, Obama shared his condescending feelings to the audience, saying “It turns out they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators. If you can't handle those guys, I don't think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
Obama had a lot to say about the GOP, beginning his speech by claiming that the Republican presidential candidates seem to “occupy a different reality,” believing that the country has declined in economy and reputation ever since Obama took office in 2008. Many people, not just Republicans, would disagree with this statement, but it seemed to be a crowd pleaser to the 1,300 Democrats in attendance who seem to believe that the Republican Party is in total disarray.
Obama goes on to say, "According to them, everything was really good in 2008, when we were going through the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes. This, apparently, was the golden age that I messed up."
If it wasn’t enough to poke fun at their political stance, he also grouped every Republican representative into one class of human beings who have no personality. “They’re so glum,” he told the crowd, grinning. “They’re really so frustrated.” Apparently Obama has some personal feelings against the Republican Party and their constant attacks on the way he chooses to run the country.
He also tried to insinuate that the GOP party are all conspiracy theorists, particularly when it comes to global climate change. He likened it to when 99 out of 100 doctors diagnose a single patient with diabetes and the patient chooses to believe the one contrary doctor, and groups the other 99 in a category of conspiracy theorists.
"All 99 of those doctors got together -- with Obama -- to try to prevent me from having bacon and doughnuts," he said to thunderous laughter. "It'd be funny -- except this is about climate change. This was an analogy."
Obama even went so far as to humiliate a GOP senator who questioned global climate change during a Senate meeting, using a phrase that no doubt he learned from one of his children, saying, “It’s cray!”
For the most part, President Obama has kept his opinions to himself about the debate and its candidates, but he seemed to feel a little too relaxed in front of the 1,300 Democrats at a charity fundraiser. This Democratic president seems to feel a little threatened by the strong Republican candidates entering the race this election year.
He’s obviously trying to lay the groundwork for the Democratic candidates in order to knock down approval for the GOP and make the Democratic Party look more competent. In order to do that, however, he’ll have to find a way to gloss over the past misdeeds of the current Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton’s ever-present email scandal and Bernie Sanders’ apparent belief that racism and discrimination isn’t an issue in the United States.
Obama is entitled to share his own opinions with members of his own party, but this kind of political unprofessionalism is exactly what the American people are tired of seeing from the Democratic Party.