McCain, Obama, And The Issue Of Humor
The Boston Globe's Joanna Weiss relates a comment from Professor Richard Thompson Ford about Barack Obama:
As Professor Richard Thompson Ford told me for a story last spring, Obama has a delicate job when it comes to political humor, since he's positioned himself as an above-the-fray, up-on-a-pedestal kind of guy. "As a charismatic leader," Ford said, "one can't afford to do things that undermine one's charisma." Does that make him look too distant, or more presidential?