Following the rave reviews for his standup routine at the White House correspondent’s dinner last night, President Obama has revealed his plans after leaving the White House. He will go into comedy full-time. “I’ve always wanted to do standup comedy growing up. My all-time favorite comedian was Henny Youngman … take my wife, Michelle…. please!” You may not believe this but I just loved all those Borscht Belt comics… Jacky Mason, Freddy Roman, Shecky Greene. Did you hear the one about the rabbi and the shiksa entering a Jewish deli?”
When asked if such a career move would lessen or demean the stature of the presidency, Obama replied, “There are a whole lot of people out there who think I degraded the presidency just by being elected!” But, I asked, “Why not follow in the footsteps of some of our past presidents, like Reagan and Clinton, and give $250,000 speeches to multinational companies and organizations?” Obama shook his head, “Nah, I’m more in the mold of our last president, George Bush. Man if I could paint like that guy, I’d be golden!”
When I pressed Obama on how he could possibly support his family on a comedian’s salary, he replied, “Heck, I’ve got Michelle. She’ll do OK. She will be the ex-first lady, after all. I hear an ex-first lady, and I won’t name names, gave two speeches at $200,00 a pop to Goldman Sachs.”
Obama told me the standup comedy would just be a springboard to his real secret ambition, to have his own sitcom. “Like Jerry Seinfeld?” I asked. “No more like George Lopez. Man that guy is funny!” Obama even shared with me some possible names for his sitcom. “I’m leaning towards “Barry in da House” but I’ve also given some thought to “Some People Like Barack.”
As I wished him well, he asked me if I ever heard the one about the Pope, the midget and the rabbi in a lifeboat with Raquel Welch. “I got a million of ‘em” said the President.