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July 16, 2008 12:26 AM

The Obamas are not that funny

Posted by Lynne Varner

Courtesy of The New Yorker

Says someone who ought to know, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. It is difficult to spoof the couple who may occupy the White House because they do very little that could be deemed ha ha funny or strangely funny. Perhaps that is why The New Yorker's cover fell flatter than a pancake.

The magazine says it was employing satire to poke fun at Americans suspicious of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid. It didn't work. In addition, it is not nice to make fun of voters who could make the difference in what is shaping up to be a close race between Obama and Republican likely nominee, Sen. John McCain. Times political columnist Joni Balter and I chat more about this and my column on the topic. Click below.

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