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Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It hasn't been that long since presidential candidates thought that it was beneath their dignity to campaign for office at all. They stayed home and let their party machines do the actual work of electing a president.

We can all hope for those more dignified times to return, but they won't.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes I watched the piece, and Obama was master of the situation. He has a sense of humor, which is essential dealing with the attacks launched against him. I've seen two "comedic" performances of late by politicos - Obama and Ann Colter. One from the slightly left of center - Obama and one from the right - Colter. Both were funny, but Obama was in much better taste, and he was self-deprecating. Colter on the other hand was acid-tongued and took herself all to seriously - self-deprecating never. I came away from Obama felling pretty good. I came away from Colter angry. Obama was the better performance. And no, Jay, I don't think he did the office any harm at all.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

This is in keeping of the Obama model. Blame someone else. Anybody!

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Obama really does look desperate. His signature accomplishment is smashing up on the actuarial tables. The problem is that young people can do math. They know that the costs of Obamacare are meant to be born on their backs, and that it's a bad deal for them. So he desperately tries to sell them on this messed-up plan, and they're not falling for it.

Obamacare can't be implemented in any election year, because it turns off voters. He keeps unilaterally postponing key measures in the law, but he can't keep this up forever. The American people eventually are going to "find out what's in it."

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

I thought Obama was pretty quick, and funny, on the show. Plus it caused tens of thousands of hits for healthcare.gov.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ mohokat, blame? Obama isn't blaming anyone for anything. You attack the President for something he didn't do. Mountanman, you do the same.

I thought the Two Ferns bit was funny. There is nothing wrong with reaching out to the target audience (it was a big success), and showing a sense of humor, particularly in the context of the times. Right wing, chill out.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Esquire. Obama hasn't blamed anyone for his failures? Where have you been? That is all he does is blame the GOP, GWB, coal, phony scandals or whatever else he thinks he can deflect his failures on! There is not a "smidgeon of corruption" in his administration is there, and if there is, its all someone else's fault!

SCfan
clearfield, UT

The sad irony of this is that Obama is much better at being a toast master, talk show guest, deliverer of funny lines, reading a script ect. than he is at being President. And, because he is good as a pop culture figure, he got elected. Hopefully America will not make that kind of mistake again.

P.S. At the Al Smith dinner, Romney was much funnier than Obama. Guess he had better writers for that one.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

@esquire

The lead to the story is blame Nixon. The word blame is Obama's biggest excuse for his failures which are to numerous to mention. But you and your ilk keep running interference for the failure that is known as Obama!

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@liberal larry

How many of those web hits actually resulted in the purchase of insurance? The Obama administration will not release this number. Believe me, if the news was good for them, they'd be telling us.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mohokat "The word blame is Obama's biggest excuse for his failures which are to numerous to mention." If you love American capitalism you should venerate Obama. The actions of his administration prevented a complete collapse of the economy. So I say thank you President Obama since you, mohokat, likely won't. That said, the administration saved the economy by pumping life into the top - the big banks and insurance companies - hoping for trickle down to the troops below. The troops are still waiting in large part. We needed, and need, a lot more New Deal from Obama. We aren't likely to get it.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ mohokat, surely you jest. The blame thing is your own invention. The writer of the story brings up the issue as to Nixon, and you attribute blaming to Obama. Pretzels have fewer twists and turns than this logic. And Thid, as soon as the Republicans take responsibility for the 2008 recession and its resulting deficit and other problems, then we can have a civil discussion about other things. What I've seen the GOP do is leave a huge mess, and then blame the next guy, complaining that he didn't clean it up fast enough. Take responsibility for your actions, then you have a position of credibility. Until then, you don't. (By the way, every major recession in the last 100 years has happened under Republican Administrations. Isn't that interesting?)

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Esquire. You forgot the Jimmy Carter recession! Wasn't that one interesting?

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Marxist and Esquire

Don't you realize that the 2008 collapse was the result of many years of mistakes by both the Bush and especially Clinton administrations? In fact the record shows Bush tried to do some reforms to Fannie and Freddie, but the Dems controlling Congress would have nothing of it, (especially Barney Frank who laughingly said that all was well) and the Republicans when they controlled Congress pretty much punted too. You can't just say Bush and the GOP did it all by their lonesome. And every major recession in the last 100 years has ended long before this one. So, this is now Obamas recession, and he is a Democrat. And, I could have ended this recession if I had been given 7 trillion dollars to work with. What happened? It's not the Republicans fault that 7 trillion of added debt in 5 years has been spent and we are still in a recession. Which answers why Marxist idea of more New Deal is not going to work. Something is very wrong in current Washington D.C. policy, and it ain't because of a few T-Party folks.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Nate

"...His signature accomplishment is smashing up on the actuarial tables. The problem is that young people can do math. They know that ... Obamacare, ... it's a bad deal for them."

This why we need Common Core, so young people will no longer be able to do the math, and liberals can reign through lies.

Obama does great, as long as everyone around him loves every word that comes out of his mouth.

It is when someone thinks Obama is wrong, or disagrees with him on any issue, that he turns snide, vicious, or pouts. I don't think he has ever listened to any different point of view. If he faces someone who disagrees with him, he runs for the press to validate him.

I wonder who told him he was wrong, and made him go running to this 'comedy' show for self-validation?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

While this has, predictably, digressed into a dump on Obama comment section, I think it's important to go back to the original story. The president appeared on what was supposed to be a funny show; it was the first time I've ever seen it. And it's terrible. The president should have bailed on that one.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The Two Ferns show was delightful, classic satire. Loved it.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Polls consistently show that people who are the most informed about the ACA are the most in favor of it.

The approval rating is over 50% if you poll most of the components of the ACA, especially if you don't tell people they are parts of the dreaded "Obamacare!"

There was huge opposition to Social Security, and Medicare by the conservative right, now Republicans run on supporting these programs. In 10 years it will be the same situation with the Affordable Care Act, who's general outlines where dreamed up by the ultra conservative Heritage Foundation.

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

marxist: "I came away from Obama felling [sic] pretty good. I came away from Colter [sic] angry."

Which means that for normal Americans (i.e. those who are not Marxists, Maoist, Communists, Socialists, Liberals, Progressives, etc.), the reaction would be exactly opposite.

Jay has it nailed it. Obama's constituency is blissfully uniformed, lost in world of crass and obscene entertainment. And the only way reach them is to debase yourself and your office, pull off the man-hole cover and descend into their world. Increasingly, elections will be won and lost - not by the strength of your ideas or your character - but by your eagerness to swim in the cesspool.

el steve o
Herriman, UT

Just par for the course. POTUS and FLOTUS are obsessed with the banal celebrity worship that is so prevalent among the uninformed (give the people bread, entertainment (sports) and a corrupt government can do any thing they want). Europe and the middle east on fire, Americans suffering with low employment and rising debt - and the "King and Queen" of America golf, lavish parties and vacations without the slightest hint of holding back.

The Jimmy Fallon "Ew" "comedy" segement with FLOTUS was pretty pathetic and demeaning - bizarre to say the least.

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