Welcome Instapundit Readers!!Â Please note that I have tweaked this post slightly now that I have found the transcript online.
No wonder President Obama doesn’t want Republicans listening to Rush Limbaugh.Â That conservative radio talk show host represents one of the few outspoken talking heads in the media who has not yet fallen under the president’s spell.
On Sunday night, while doing my cardio, I caught what appeared to be rebroadcast of an episode of Larry King Live.Â King asked The View‘s Joy Behar why comedians didn’t make fun of the new president found it “hard for the comics to have fun with.”Â The comedienne replied that this prez was just too perfect.*
Can you imagine how the media would react if a conservative had chastised a comedian for making fun of former President George W. Bush because he was “too perfect” “kind of really perfect”?Â A few google searches yielded no mainstream criticism of Miss Behar’s panegyric to the president (not even on the right–maybe that’s because no one else was watching?)Â [UPDATE:Â Since this piece got picked up on Instapundit, conservatives have begun chiming in.]
It is truly frightening that a comedian in a free society would think her president’s too perfect for mockery perfection made him difficult to make fun of.
One of the great things about our democracy is that we can mock our leaders.Â Ms. Behar and her ilk seemed to delight in such mockery up until the current president’s inauguration.Â Now, she finds the incumbent too perfect.
What does it say about someone who finds a politician too perfect for mockery?
And what does it say about her insight into politics if she offer this as the reason for the dearth of late-night jokes about the president?Â So enamored is Behar with the president, that she is blind to the googly-eyed adulation her media peers feel for the president.
*The transcript of King’s show is not yet up.Â When I click on the “icon” on the show’s archive page, I get a page with no transcript, just this statement:Â “Joy Behar on Barack Obama’s historic inauguration! Why she thinks he’s got the right stuff for the tough times ahead. It’s all politics with Joy Behar!“Â All politics?Â I thought she was a comedienne.Â (Someone else did catch the episode, recalled it a bit differently than I, but does recall that Ms. Behar thought Obama’s perfection made it tough for comedians to make fun of him.)
When the transcript comes out, I was certainly have more to say about this–as I hope will other bloggers and pundits.
UP-DATE.Â Transcript is up.Â And it’s not quite as I remember it, but pretty darn close:
KING: OK, is this administration going to be hard for the comics to have fun with?
BEHAR: Yes. And all I can say is thank you for Joe Biden, because he is going to always give us some laughs. He’ll say something crazy and out there, and it will be fun. And Sarah Palin, you know, we can always rely on her to come back and give us some material. But it is really not easy to make fun of the Obamas, because they’re really — they’re kind of really perfect, aren’t they?
Thanks to John from Powerline who tracked down the transcript while I was healing from a headache.
**Only after this post was linked on another blog, did I realize how this title could be mis-read, as if Behar thought the president was a perfect candidate for mockery, i.e., ideal for making fun of. Â That’s what happens when you tap out a post in the wee hours of the morning. Â Had I been more awake, I would have tweaked it a bit, perhaps as “Joy Behar thinks Obama Too Perfect to be Mocked [or Made Fun of].” Â
Guess her reputation precedes her because no one read the title as meaning that the president was a perfect candidate for mockery. Â Well, if they did, they didn’t let me know.