For once Andy Borowitz uses satire properly and speaks truth to power


Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker:

Obama Denies Role in Government

President Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to reassure the American people that he has “played no role whatsoever” in the U.S. government over the past four years.

“Right now, many of you are angry at the government, and no one is angrier than I am,” he said. “Quite frankly, I am glad that I have had no involvement in such an organization.”

The President’s outrage only increased, he said, when he “recently became aware of a part of that government called the Department of Justice.”

“The more I learn about the activities of these individuals, the more certain I am that I would not want to be associated with them,” he said. “They sound like bad news.”

Mr. Obama closed his address by indicating that beginning next week he would enforce what he called a “zero tolerance policy on governing.”

“If I find that any members of my Administration have had any intimate knowledge of, or involvement in, the workings of the United States government, they will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Both Borowitz and the New Yorker have well-deserved reputations for unfunny “humor”. I can tell you from personal experience that it is really difficult to be funny all the time. I guess the reverse is also true – it’s really hard to never be funny.

For once Borowitz uses satire properly and speaks truth to power.


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49 Responses to For once Andy Borowitz uses satire properly and speaks truth to power

  1. myiq2xu says:
  2. tommy says:

    There was once a Preezy called WJC. He led a mean, lean, efficient government. Yes, taxes were higher, but people didn’t grumble cos they saw the efficiency of the government narrowed in by a mean and powerful opposition. Sorry, the New Deal is dead. That big govt. democratic position is back, with paralysis and scandal and indecision on all levels of govt. This is bound to sink us faster than the Titanic. JMO.

  3. myiq2xu says:
    Lock up your daughters, here comes Con Man!

    Lock up your daughters, here comes Con Man!

    17 months

    • HELENK says:

      he is adorable, and it will not take him long to figure out how to use the power of cuteness

      • myiq2xu says:

        He’s been doing that since the day he emerged into the light.

        • HELENK says:

          it has just begun. wait until his mother gets phone calls from girls telling her ” I Love Him and I will fight for him” when I got off the phone I asked him what did you tell her? He would tell girls down the shore that he owned a beer distributor, a beauty supply company and a few other things. I asked him if they ever noticed that all he could afford to buy them was a beer
          my son never missed a blond from the time he could turn his head.

        • leslie says:

          Wait until the MOTHERs of the little girls on the block call his mother and dask if he can come over to play with their daughters. It happened to my son who was also cuter than cute. I promise it will happen.
          He is a doll !!!

    • Mary says:

      So cute!

    • votermom says:

      OMG so handsome!

  4. myiq2xu says:

    I stole this from lyn in the last thread:

    • lyn says:

      {{Blush}} Yeah, “fucking” was in the wrong place. Thanks for the edit.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I had to take out “of the United States” to make it fit. “Fucking president” makes more sense than “president fucking”.

        • lyn says:

          Oh, no, I originally put “fucking” in the wrong place. It should have been before president as you wrote.

  5. 1539days says:

    The next time progs want to blame the CEO who didn’t know about shoddy working conditions, it will be fun to laugh at them.

  6. HELENK says:

    backtrack bigmouths leak .hanging Israel out to dry. How can any other country ever trust this country while this bunch is in charge? can’t they just step down due to health problems or time to spend with their families? It is going to take years to ever regain what this bunch has cost us/

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Borowitz usually spends his time bashing people like Sarah Palin, who, regardless of what *some people* might think is not responsible for what is happening in this country right now.

    If you are on the outside looking in, you ain’t in charge.

    • leslie says:

      It seems that if your are bronco and you are on the inside, you still aren’t in charge… or at least that’s what he’d have you believe. the Know Nothing preezy.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I remember one Borowitz did about “stupid” Sarah’s new word “refudiate” by making his whole column with made up words. Oh, he’s such a riot …. NOT. Dare he have tackled corpse-men?

      My Obama supporting FB friends post his columns all the time thinking he’s the funniest guy in the worrrrrrrld. Sadly.

  8. HELENK says:

    gee I wonder why the IRS acts like it does to any organization that criticizes this a$$

    every day I despise backtrack more

    • lyn says:

      And then there are the bigots who are against conservatives and the Tea Party people.

    • angienc (D) says:

      Make no mistake — just like his “don’t listen to those who try to warn about tyranny from your government” speech to those college grads the week before the IRS IG report came out, this speech isn’t a coincidence — it’s a warning to members of Congress & the media that they will be labled as racist if they continue questioning Obama on/looking into these scandals.

      • lyn says:

        You are great at connecting the dots!

      • DeniseVB says:

        MO’s commencement speeches have had a tinge of racist campaigning and message sending too. I think it’s damage control for all the successful black conservatives out there saying it’s okay to leave the plantation.

        If I were the President of a historically black college, I wouldn’t want the Obamas talk to my kids. I’d haul Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West or Herman Cain up to the podium. Mia Love too! All inspiring 😀

    • yttik says:

      And women, Jews, Japanese, Germans, Gingers…

      I mean seriously, if you look hard enough, you can find some group somewhere that’s being picked on. You can’t rid the world of bias, but you can rid the government of their power to discriminate. Let’s start with the IRS.

  9. HELENK says:

    If I had read this six years ago, I would have said NO WAY, NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. Now with the backtrack bunch in charge I am not so sure

  10. swanspirit says:

    One of the interesting things about the way Vile Progs are dealing with this plethora of malfeasance and wrongdoing by their Divinity in Chief ; is that they seem to be cherry picking which scandal is real , or really important , and which can be dismissed as irrelevant. or not a scandal . They must be in the bargaining stage of Denial ,Anger ,Bargaining, Depression ,and Acceptance .

    Some of them are still in denial , while others seem to be slowly coming out of their cocoons , and it isn’t a pleasant experience for them . I guess if they try and minimize the enormity of the ignominy , it is easier to deal with for them . I have to admire the few from the other side for whom the all of the seven veils have fallen ,who can wade in and see the whole picture and deal with it .
    But it interesting to see the ones who most obviously cannot deal with the big picture , so they only admit to parts they can see with tunnel vision.
    The ones in complete denial are so lost .

    • HELENK says:

      it is beginning to be their 2008. It will hurt

    • 1539days says:

      This has been going on for a while. They take a story like the IRS, throw out the political targeting angle, then magnify something stupid. So they say that “all the groups were approved except for the ones who withdrew” as if that was the original story. Then they top it off with some straw man argument like “the right wing thinks Obama told the IRS to target the Tea Party.” Instead of a story about harassment by the IRS, it is now a “story” about how wingnuts are lying about the president.

      In other words, they want you to believe them and not your lying eyes.

      • DeniseVB says:

        As Judge Jeanine would yell “Do you think we’re stupid!?” . We’re not, but the low information voter is, so this twisting in the wind is for them, not us.

    • Constance says:

      But the Vial Progs are getting more and more angry as it consumes so much of their energy to believe in the Black Messiah President who has supposedly come to save us all if we just believe enough. Still they do have a lot of experience making themselves not see some things and believing other things that are crazy and progressive women have a lot of experience making excuses for male progs.

      • Lulu says:

        Being a Vile Prog with enormous cognitive dissonance is exhausting. Add in the constant outrage and they must really be pooped. Too bad I’m fresh out of sympathy. I ran out in 2008.

  11. HELENK says:

    he knows where the bodies are buried.
    People thought that Al Capone could never be toppled but he was

    • swanspirit says:

      I think he and Obama are in so deep, that Obama really could not do without hm , so he is arrogant and confident he is unassailable . They are mistaken , history has brought down much higher .

    • Constance says:

      He is a mixed race person so obviously the only people who are calling for his removal are just a bunch of racists.

  12. swanspirit says:

    From a FB friend Ken : To Eric Holder, the White House and the DOJ: Maybe if you $%^$#ers weren’t spying on our own press your spies and investigators could have been investing their time and skills into stopping the Tsarnaev brothers from bombing the Boston Marathon.

  13. fif says:

    Saw this when I was out prowling:

    Pfeiffer found some welcome news while on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which reported Obama’s job approval at 53 percent. The numbers were up 2 percent from early April, and up 6 points from their low of 47 percent in mid-March.

    (((banging head against wall)))

    • Idiots abound….and apparently vote. Something inherently unwise about a system where the payer is overridden by the payee, but can’t quite put finger on it.

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