Bill Maher: That's not the Obama I knew
Remember that old childhood taunt, "It takes one to know one."? Well, apparently it takes one superficial entertainer to out another one. Catch comedian, talk show host and self defined libertarian Bill Maher dissing President Barack Obama (D) Friday night for not being the person he thought he voted for. Right. And the comedian Bill Maher is funny all the time without his writers; is a gracious host who really and truly cares about others away from the television cameras. Reality has struck Maher and it isn't a glossy studio with fake scenery; it is real and he doesn't like it.
Comparing Obama to...Lindsay Lohan, the troubled 20 something Hollywood airhead, Maher accuses his idol of being "obsessed with being on tv." He continues "You're skinny and in a hurry and in love with a nice lady -- but so is Lindsay Lohan. And just like Lindsay, we see your name in the paper a lot but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something." A public Obama fan before the election, Maher is now complaining "This is not what I voted for. I don't want my president to be a TV star." Maher riffed, "I get it: you love being on TV," adding "You don't have to be on television every minute of every day -- you're the president, not a rerun of 'Law & Order. TV stars are too worried about being popular and too concerned about being renewed."
But why is Maher surprised? He grudgingly admits that Obama's opponent, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), saw through Obama immediately when he said Obama acted like a celebrity. But didn't Maher and his entertainment friends help turn him into one while mocking the solid--but older--McCain while elevating Obama? Why is he whining now that he has what he thought he wanted?
The disillusioned, Maher amazingly delivers the unkindest cut of all.
" I never thought I'd say this, what [Obama] needs in his personality is a little George Bush."
Too late Maher. Too late for us all.