They all laugh! And laugh some more.
I’m with Steve Benen on Washington Monthly. WTF, people?
When Politico started promoting the piece at 7:04 p.m., I hadn’t seen the interview. Reading the headline and these paragraphs, I started wondering if the president had somehow laughed inappropriately at economic suffering. I imagined extensive discussion of “Laugh-Gate” on “Morning Joe” today. Drudge, naturally, ran with this, and far-right blogs pounced.
For most of the interview, Obama is dead serious. Occasionally, he’d chuckle at some absurdity — hardly an unusual reaction for, you know, humans — but for the most part, the president was hardly jocular.
About half-way through, Kroft brings up aid to the auto industry, and public opposition to additional government investment. The two share a laugh at the one-sided polling numbers, which led to Kroft’s question about “laughing.” As Steve M. explained, “[I]t’s obvious — the chuckling is mutual as they agree about the extraordinary unpopularity of bailing out the auto industry.”
When you see reports today about the president laughing at economic hardship, keep this in mind.
A perfect example of what Wes Clark always called “The Freak Show.”