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Memewatch: Obama Laughs Too Much!

The Right’s takeaway from Steve Kroft’s 60 Minutes interview with President Obama is this exchange. KROFT: You’re sitting here. And you’re laughing. You

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 23, 2009

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    The Right’s takeaway from Steve Kroft’s “60 Minutes” interview with President Obama is this exchange.

    KROFT: You’re sitting here. And you’re laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems.  Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money?’ How do you deal with — I mean: explain … Are you punch-drunk?

    OBAMA: No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day.

    Ed Morrissey:

    Unfortunately for Obama, he was giggling during the question, which made Kroft’s question seem as though Kroft was challenging him at that very moment.  It made Obama look unserious.

    RedState:

    Punch-Drunk POTUS Has a Hearty Chuckle at the Expense of the Recently Unemployed and Destitute*: What the Heck Happened to “Hope and Change?”

    [The Underground Conservative:

    ](http://theundergroundconservative.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/the-punch-drunk-messiah/)

    Laughing and giggling at odd moments, Obama looked completely out of His element. Croft actually asked tough questions, rather than the softballs The Anointed One is used to getting.

    It’s almost as if Politico decided that this was the real takeaway from the interview and got a Drudge link for its story. The president’s “favorable” rating, the proportion of Americans who simply like the man without considering his job performance, is 64 percent — the idea that he should be smiling and laughing less will come as a surprise to them.

    Madihah Walls | Madihah Walls is an author who specializes in carriages, corsets, and smartwatches. Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist have all given her books starred reviews. Courtney earned a master's degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley before turning to romance writing. She then went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude, only to shake things up. After that, she did a few clerkships. She used to be a law professor. She is now a full-time writer.

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