I’m not sure if Barack Obama won the Presidential election last night. I haven’t seen any news or heard any analysis of the election yet.
Okay, that’s a lie. I watched the election coverage all the way through to John McCain’s concession speech and Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” victory speech. (Sorry Tex, but my recent streak is intact)
And I’ve listened to a good deal of today’s analysis and recap of last night’s historic election. Barack Obama is the nation’s President-elect.
I’m not even going to attempt to re-analyze what other smarter people than me are saying. By now, a lot of you are looking at the news coverage and saying, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Yackity-Shmackity”. We call it the “Katrina effect” around my house. (After Hurricane Katrina; we experienced it, we watched it, and finally we grew tired of hearing about it) Yeah, it’s important, we want to stay informed. We want to either celebrate or commiserate, but the “news-fatigue” begins to set in.
So, let me just bring up two points about the election and I’ll call it quits for now.
Number One–If you’ll recall; my wife cast her vote for Independent Ralph Nader. I haven’t seen any news coverage about Ralph Nader’s efforts, but I found it interesting to note that Nader received 6609 votes in the State of Alabama, of which 1 was my wife’s. I was surprised by the amount considering the overwhelming win by McCain in the state and the remaining votes for Obama. 6609 Alabamians voted “out of the box”. That’s promising.
Overall, Nationwide Ralph Nader hit the 1% mark with 658,393 Total US votes. This was accomplished with just $4 Million dollars in donations over 8 months. (Obama’s budget for one day) Continued little steps for Third Party candidates to build upon.
Number Two–The election is over. I’m a comedian. When Obama takes office, it is my hope that he governs the country well. But…BUT, he will be President and Presidents make mistakes. He will and SHOULD be fair game to all comedians, improv players, film makers, purveyors of parody everywhere. I will mention his middle name. I will mention his big ears. I will make references to his race. I’ll even make fun of his girls’ new puppy if it pees in the Oval Office.
He should be caricaturized, cartoonified, and classified by his gaffes as well as his successes. He’ll be President, it comes with the territory. And I don’t want to hear anything about racism or that a subject is “off-limits”. If it’s funny, I’m gonna mention it on stage.
God Bless America.
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