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Mmm, mmm , MMM! Famed BBC Humor is MIA along with Media Matters’.

October 6, 2009

On Monday’s Morning Joe, “conservative” (for MSNBC) host Joe Scarborough moderated a panel discussion that would be the main talking point for the day on the liberal network— conservative celebration at Obama’s humiliation in Copenhagen.

Looking as glum as if his dog just died, and to top it all off, he couldn’t get his cup of morning joe, Scarborough began the discussion by mentioning his weekend column in which he asked, “What would have happened if liberals had cheered the United States not getting the Olympics?”

Joe played the ill-considered video from the previously very effective Americans for Prosperity as people in their workshop heard the news and cheered.  We’ll save that topic for a future post.

Next up was a clip of Rush Limbaugh, who buoyantly called it the “worst day in the Obama presidency,” and then Rush repeated the refrain taught to New Jersey school kids, “Mmm, mmm, MMM! Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm MMM!”

Joe then handed the discussion off to the BBC’s U.S. correspondent Katty Kay, who is about a year behind the popular culture when it comes to the outrage of the moment.

KATTY KAY, BBC:  “…Listening to that Rush Limbaugh clip again, and I don’t think I really want to hear it again for a fourth or fifth time, is that it’s not Barack Obama it’s Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Barack HUSSEIN Obama– there’s something insidious going on there too with the repetition of his middle name…

The BBC, the network that brought us the classic humor of Monty Python and the original version of The Office, has assigned a particularly humorless drone to cover United States politics for the BBC news.

If you’re going to discuss current events, Katty, try to keep up.  Apparently, this constant talking head commentator is the only person on the continent who cares about politics and hasn’t seen this:

Weirdly, not one of the other panelists, Americans all, seemed to see how Katty had stepped in it, including Joe.  Maybe his usually sharp sidekick Willie Geist wasn’t paying attention.

Now, we already know Kay has a strange sense of humor— and propriety.  She didn’t seem to have any problem when Ted Kennedy biographer Edward Klein revealed to her on NPR, that Mary Jo Kopechne’s chauffer liked to tell Chappaquiddick jokes.

KLEIN TO WAMU RADIO HOST KATTY KAY: I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

But it’s one thing for the Limey not to get the subtext of Rush Limbaugh’s daily media tweak, Media Matters shows once again, they are out of touch, too.  They posted the Morning Joe video at the top of this article, because they thought it bolstered their point, not realizing how stupid the people agreeing with them look.

Ironically, last week on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, showed a sense of British humor history, when he described the public option during a recent Special Report panel, as being a “dead parrot” which had been “nailed to its perch.”

Maybe someone should send this to Joe Scarborough, who looked like he could use a good laugh when he glumly declared that all of the anger at Obama was “disgusting.”

Or maybe he just needs a break.  Joe seems to be getting Stockholm Syndrome from hanging out at MSNBC too long.  I must have missed Joe calling it “disgusting” that every commentator gleefully exaggerated al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgent successes with the regularity of Bagdad Bob, while ignoring any American success until the surge was basically over.

Of course, calling that “unpatriotic” was oppressive and McCarthyite, right?  It’s not nearly as serious as the Olympics…

  1. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:21 pm

    Dead Parrot: Absolutely the best! Thank you, I really enjoyed that.

  2. October 6, 2009 3:45 pm

    It’s been apparent to me for a few years now that leftists are particularly dysfunctional in the area of humor. They never see irony and they never laugh. I’m not entirely sure why, but I have a theory. They have so much of their personal being invested in their ideology that humor is a luxury they can’t afford. They dare not become circumspect, lest they find something about themselves they’d rather not reveal.

    • Bubba4 permalink
      October 6, 2009 8:34 pm


  3. David Forsmark permalink
    October 6, 2009 8:42 pm

    Cas: any excuse to watch Dead Parrot should always be indulged!

  4. Kevroc permalink
    October 6, 2009 10:51 pm

    I was driving in the car with my wife listening to Glenn Beck on the radio when the announcement was made that Chicago was KO’d in the first round of votes by the IOC. They had a hearty laugh at the situation and were having a good time over it.

    My wife said to me, “This is petty, they shouldn’t be laughing like that.”. I said to her, “I’m not sure that I would pour it on so thick myself but, you gotta admit… all that effort to pimp Chi-Town and a FIRST ROUND EXIT? It is pretty humorous.”

    Then Tokyo goes in the second round?!

    Hey, I thought big bad evil United States with its straight-white-christian-male elite were the racists?

    Denmark, you better look out!

    Whoa, I just got a thrill up my leg, be right back…

    • Sam Deakins permalink
      October 7, 2009 2:36 am

      I larfed me arse off at Beck and Stu as they pariodied the Obama Olympic Olimination. When you have a joke like Lard Obama running things it’s hard not to laff at his antics.

  5. Trenchant Commentator permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:40 am

    Obama supporters seem terribly ready to celebrate what they perceive to be Obama’s “successes” (I’m still looking for one myself), they are equally adamant in their refusal to acknowledge his gailures (of which I’ve lost count myself). The Jesus of HopeyChange’s halo is becoming an awfully tight fit. Cases of “Tight halo” can be found throughout history. Barack Obama is – to those of us old enough to remember – just another passing fancy (for some). Been there, done that, saw the movie, bought the soundtrack, NO THANKS.

  6. David Forsmark permalink
    October 7, 2009 6:42 am

    I had a lot more trouble with Boehner’s petty sniping that the President didn’t have time to go, back when they probably thought he’d be successful, than I did with the reaction to his failure. I think the video of the Americans for Prosperity celebrating was over the top, but Limbaugh pointing out that this was a slap to the President’s hubris was fine. Karl Rove made a great point on The Factor with guest host Juan Williams that night that Obama’s pitch was essentially: You should reward America for seeing the light and electing me. The defeat of THAT is worth celebrating.

  7. David Forsmark permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:29 am

    By the way, Tim Phillips, President of American’s for Prosperity has a statement on their website that begins:

    “The speakers who commented on the awarding of the Olympics were not AFP Foundation staff but guests at our national summit. Their views do not reflect the sentiment of AFP Foundation. We support bringing events like the Olympics to the United States assuming the events result in economic growth and do not further burden American taxpayers.”

    I spoke to a friend who is the Michigan director, who told me that the person who made the announcement was a guest panelist and not associated with AFP, that there were over 2000 people at the event, and that none of the 20 or so people you can see in the video is an employee of AFP. This was a small side seminar and discussion panel, and most of the AFP people first saw this on television like the rest of us did.

  8. jac mills permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:46 am

    Are we discounting that many, many people outside of the U.S. hate the U.S. and its people? That Obama tried to snag the games might have been incidental to them. The chance to stick it to us, I think, is being savored, far and wide. The tall poppy syndrome is alive and well. If the Prez is as intelligent and savvy as we are told so often, why the hell would he have taken on the task? Reading all the signs today, worldwide, it had to be a loser.

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