There was a time in which I thought having George W. Bush as president wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Well, not such a bad thing for comedy that is. In truth Bush’s humor ran out four or five years ago. Every time this man speaks he says something funny, but it’s becoming predictable and bland. Please Mr. Bush, get some new material. I mean you do have some of the best writers working for you.
It became more apparent this Veterans Day during Bush’s speech that he needs a new comedy writer. You know when you hear a joke and you know it’s funny, but you’ve heard it so many times you can’t laugh at it any more, that’s what his material has become.
My favorite joke from Friday’s speech was the one about baseless facts. You all know how that one goes. “These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America’s will.” I know I should be laughing at this, but I just can’t bring myself around to doing it any more. It’s just not funny any more.
Take another example, “It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.” Now this one did make me smirk a bit, but I should be laughing my ass off.
Maybe I’m just becoming too depressed of the fact that none of this is actually a joke. This man is serious. The fact that he is serious about what he says used to add to the comedic factor, but nowadays I find myself barely acknowledging the humor behind what Mr. Bush says.
I used to also think that this whole war thing that he’s been building on was just part of an elaborate act, but I haven’t seen the joke behind it yet. Maybe it’s one of those Andy Kaufman types of jokes where you don’t realize it’s funny until later. I sure do hope that punchline is coming up soon.
Perhaps twenty or thirty years from now we’ll get the joke. I mean we’re still waiting for the punch line from the Vietnam War and that thing ended a while ago.