Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart mock the mock. They spoof the controversial New Yorker cover which poked fun (but fell flat in some quarters) at the persistent memes floating around the culture in regard to Michelle and Barack Obama - the link to former Weatherman William Ayers, the fallacy that Barack is Muslim, and the eruption last summer over the "terrorist fist jab" comment on Fox News.
It has been a long, strange road to the White House - as the cover suggests.
It’s not clear who came up with the idea for the EW cover. But it’s brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny, and it demonstrates why Stewart and Colbert are the preeminent American satirists of our generation.
Click to read the full story and interviews with both. Just a few snippets:
COLBERT: One of the reasons I think politicians are very easy to interview is because you know what they’re going to say. I can write the entire interview before I even meet them.
STEWART: We’ve got three financial networks on all day. The bottom falls out of the credit market, and they were all running around. On CNBC I saw a guy talking to eight people in [eight different onscreen] boxes, and they were all like, ”I don’t know!” It’d be like if Hurricane Ike hit, and you put on the Weather Channel, and they were yelling, ”I don’t know what the f— is going on…
COLBERT: I’ve got one for you. McCain said, ”The fundamentals of our economy are strong” and ”Our economy is at risk.” One was at 9 a.m., the other was 11 a.m. Our joke was ”You can be strong and at risk, too. Like, a muscleman who wouldn’t wear a condom. What’s the worst that could happen?”
COLBERT: One of the things I love about my character is I can make vast declarations and it doesn’t matter if I’m wrong. I love being wrong. So my character can tell you exactly what’s going to happen: The Democrats are going to change everything. We’re going to have gay parents marrying their own gay babies. Obama’s gonna be sworn in on a gay baby. The oath is gonna end ”So help me, gay baby.”