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McCain, Obama, And The Issue Of Humor

Publication Date: 
November 03, 2008
The Boston Globe
Joanna Weiss

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?