Those too mesmerized by baseball playoffs to watch Letterman, Conan et al last night did not miss much. All day long politicians had been doing stand-ups about Obama’s Nobel Prize.
The President himself led off his Rose Garden turn with “Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, ‘Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!’ And then Sasha added, ‘Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.’ So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.”
Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele came back to crack, “President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action” as Rush Limbaugh chimed in, ““Can you imagine, folks, how big Obama’s head is today? I think it’s getting so big that his ears actually fit.”
Poor taste was bipartisan as a State Department spokesman got off a one-liner about George W. Bush, “From our standpoint, you know, we think that this gives us a sense of momentum when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes.”
Last year’s short-term Republican star Mike Huckabee tried for dry humor:
“There will be an outcry from those on the right who will say that Obama’s nomination, made two weeks into his Presidency, is impossible to justify but I think such an outcry will sound like right-wing whining. The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition.”
William Kristol announced that the Weekly Standard would skip its usual “Parody Page” to publish news of Obama’s prize, which was more ridiculous than anything his editors could make up.