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Parody This Week, Reality the Next

Oct 8, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 04 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Two weeks ago, THE WEEKLY STANDARD Parody took aim at President Obama and those who decried the foreign policy criticisms of Mitt Romney following the attacks in Libya and Egypt. “Obama slams Romney for ‘politicizing terror’ ” read our fake New York Times headline. The article went on to explain the president would continue reminding us this is not a time for politics but rather a time for unity (behind him, of course) during his appearances on shows like The View. In fact, the Parody featured a photo of Obama holding forth on the set of that very show.

The Obamas on The View


And as it turns out, our parodist was prescient. President Obama did end up going on The View last week to answer such questions as where and when he and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their first kiss—outside a Baskin Robbins in Chicago—prompting one of the cohosts to gush, “It’s like Romeo and Juliet.” Meanwhile, the president was unable to find the time to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin -Netanyahu and other world leaders who were in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

“On Monday, President Barack Obama made his fourth pilgrimage to New York City for the opening of the United Nations General -Assembly,” wrote Jay Newton-Small of Time. “He arrived in Manhattan on a glorious autumn afternoon and rushed to his first—and only—public event of the day: a taping of ABC’s The View with his wife, -Michelle.” Newton-Small cited her colleague Mark Knoller’s statistic that Obama had 13 meetings with world leaders at last year’s U.N. confab.

Not that the president’s appearance on The View was uninformative. As Newton-Small noted,

Who can provoke Obama the most? Michelle, he said, “by being thoroughly unreasonable.” Who’s funnier? “I am,” said Michelle. What do they discuss at dinner? Their days. Dad goes last and the girls rarely want to hear more than five minutes from him. Who tucks whom in? Mom and/or Dad tuck in the girls every night, though with Malia turning into a night owl like her dad these days. Obama tucks Michelle in at 10 p.m. and then stays up till 1 a.m. “There’s a lot of tucking in our family,” laughed Michelle.

If reality continues to imitate our jokes, perhaps the next Parody should reveal how Obama plans to spend all his free time after losing the election.

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