Obama’s comedic rise and future of the Presidency

obama-galifianakisAmerica has turned a new page. The President is officially a comedian, so expect the wag the dog movies to get a lot more entertaining. I predict this is the beginning of a trend, in fact. Pretty soon, getting to the White House might depend on your ability to deliver a punch line.

I don’t know how much of Zach/Barack skit was scripted (I assume all of it), but there’s no denying the sitting President has a future in stand-up should he desire to pursue that path after the Presidency.

This moment reminds me when Entertainment Tonight first debuted on television. I was working on a script that would become the film Beat Street, so I was all caught up in entertainment media and thought Entertainment Tonight was the greatest show on television. But after it ate television, I began to despise this trend of putting celebrities at the forefront of news.

But I realize if comedians are going to become politicians soon, and that sure seems likely based on what’s happening, this might be a great time to elect Bill Murray as President. And how cool would that be?

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Author: Steven Hager

I'm a writer, journalist, filmmaker and event producer.

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