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November 2, 2012

The adoration bubble

All of President Barack Obama's campaign rallies could be summed up in one sentence, "The president spoke, and hilarity ensued."

The president doesn't just make his fans faint, he cracks them up with a reliability that Groucho Marx or Johnny Carson might envy. The president won the Nobel Peace Prize when he really deserved to nose out Robin Williams for recognition as a "Stand-Up Icon" at The Comedy Awards.

Here is a part of a transcript of a fairly typical Obama event, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco a few days after the first debate. He was talking about Mitt Romney and taxes:

"So a few weeks ago, you can start seeing he's figuring out, well, this isn't maybe selling that well. (Laughter.) And then, a few nights ago - (laughter) - suddenly a guy pretending to be Mitt Romney stood on a stage next to me - (laughter and applause) - and said he's changing his plan. He is just going to pretend it doesn't exist. What $5 trillion tax cut? (Laughter.) I don't know anything about a $5 trillion tax cut. Don't pay attention to that tax cut behind the curtain. (Laughter.) During the debate he said, 'There is no economist who can say Mitt Romney's tax plan adds $5 trillion to the deficit if I say I will not add to the deficit with my tax plan.' (Laughter.)"

It's not just the mildly amusing material. He can say he'll get rid of boondoggles and bridges to nowhere, and get laughs. He can say he's created millions of private-sector jobs and get them rolling in the aisles. There may well be an audience out there that has laughed uproariously when he said he killed Osama bin Laden.

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