On his most recent Radio Derb audio program, John Derbyshire commented on President Obama's appreciation for Wanda Sykes' routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner last week. Utilizing her rapier wit, Sykes "joked" that Rush Limbaugh was the twentieth hijacker and that she hoped he would die of kidney failure. This had the President in stitches. Derbyshire remarked that it was good to have a class act back in the White House.
That Obama finds Sykes funny fits with other examples of his sense of humor. At the same dinner, Obama himself made the tasteful observation that, "Dick Cheney was supposed to be here but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled 'How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People'". Can you imagine a President Bush quip, "Did you hear the one about the drunken senator drowning a woman in his car?" (Or what the press would do with it if he did)?
Then, of course, there was the compassionate remark Obama made after he had bowled a 129 in the White House bowling alley, "It's like -- it was like Special Olympics or something."
Mark Steyn had this to say about Obama's "lapse" in sensitivity.
Frank James of the Chicago Tribune criticized the president’s bon mot more in sorrow than in anger: “Obama seems to be a fairly sensitive and compassionate man who wouldn’t purposely set out to offend the disabled . . . ”
Are you sure about that? He might be “a fairly sensitive and compassionate man.” Alternatively, he could be a mean, self-absorbed s.o.b. who regards anyone other than himself as intellectually disabled. The truth is we don’t know, because in the course of the presidential campaign the press declined to do even the most elementary due diligence on him.
Meanwhile, here's another one, Mr. President. Maybe Karl Rove's entire family will contract liver disease. That should be good for a few guffaws.