President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night, in a 20-minute segment mostly about the financial crisis and the Obama administration’s plans for economic recovery. The interview was pretty serious and somber, until Obama tried to lighten things up. “The only thing less popular than putting money into banks is putting money into the auto industry,” he joked (you can see it at 13:25 in the clip below).
And then Steve Kroft got angry. “You’re sitting here and you are laughing about some of these problems….Are people going to say, He’s sitting there making jokes. … Explain your mood and laughter. Are you punch drunk?”
Obama defended the giggles as “gallows humor,” and the interview got back to business, but between this lead balloon and his Tonight Show appearance, I think it’s becoming pretty clear: Obama’s just…not that funny. He’s lot of other things, but he’s not much of a natural comedian.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you laughing along with the president?