You know how you read or hear something and think you either misunderstood it or even maybe it’s just a spoof, maybe you landed on one of those “Onion” sites.
Well, that’s happened several times to me in the last few days. This is another one of them. I didn’t see this 60 Minutes interview so when I read that Obama was actually laughing during his discussion of the economy, I thought, no, that couldn’t be. But, yes, it is.
Here’s the exact transcript of the part where he is laughing, several times, and the interviewer (Steve Kroft) says, “Are you punch drunk?” Is there a video? Haven’t found one yet. It has probably been confiscated like the Saint Patrick’s Day event where the TelePrompter got messed up and he introduced himself. Update: Here’s a link. This segment is at about 2:40 in.
And here’s a cute little montage:
“”60 Minutes transcript By Politico Staff| 3/22/09 7:20 PM EDT
STEVE KROFT: Do you have any idea when this might end? Or when things might start getting better?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, we’re already starting to see flickers of– of hope out there. refinancings– have significantly increased. Interest rates have never been lower. That promises– the possibility at least of the housing market bottoming out and stabilizing. It’s not going to happen equally in every part of the country.
(ON THE SUBJECT OT THE AILING AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS STILL COMMITTED TO HELPING GENERAL MOTORS AND CHRYSLER AVERT BANKRUPTCY, BUT HE SAYS THEY HAVE YET TO DEMONSTRATE THEY CAN REMAIN ECONOMICALLY VIABLE. AND THERE ARE MAJOR POLITICAL OBSTACLES.)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I just want to say that– the only thing less popular than putting money into banks is putting money (LAUGHS) into the auto industry. So–
STEVE KROFT: 18 percent are in favor.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: (LAUGHS) That’s–
STEVE KROFT: Seventy-six percent against.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It– it– it’s not a high number.
STEVE KROFT: You’re sitting here. And you’re– you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, “I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about (LAUGHTER) money–” How do you deal with– I mean, wh– explain –
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well–
STEVE KROFT: –the mood and your laughter.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yeah, I mean, there’s got to be–
STEVE KROFT: Are you punch drunk?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to (LAUGHS) get you through the day. You know, sometimes my team– talks about the fact that if– if you had said to us a year ago that– the least of my problems would be Iraq, which is still a pretty serious problem– I don’t think anybody would have believed it. But– but we’ve got a lot on our plate. And– a lot of difficult decisions that we’re going to have to make.
President Obama, in my book, you are not allowed any “gallows humor.” You are the one who asked for a man to be fired over three words. Remember that? And you are the one who referred to three little words as “violence” equal to the Virginia Tech masacre. Remember that? You advocated a man lose his job, his career of a lifetime, over a joke.
This is not a joke and you should not laugh about the serious problems facing America right now.
And that’s my opinion about your gallows humor, Mr. President. What goes around comes around.