Mad Magazine Imagines Obama’s Freaking Out a Little

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mojo-photo-madbarack-sm.jpgOkay, SNL, see, you’ve had so much trouble trying to get your Obama impersonation off the ground, and various editorial cartoonists, you seem to revert to jaw-dropping racial caricatures in place of humor, but Mad Magazine, I congratulate you, since this here is pretty funny. Mad‘s latest cover features our fresh president losing it in his “First 100 Minutes,” smoking five cigarettes at once, his desk covered in scary newspaper headlines and top-secret files, a bottle of Pepto dripping onto a graph of the rising national debt. See, this is my theory for Obama comedy (“Obamedy”?), you have to go for the opposite, unlike with Bush where you just had to basically repeat what he said. Exaggerating the “cool,” like that little SNL sketch from December, can only take you so far, but make Obama secretly neurotic and you’ve got comedy gold.

Check out a larger version of the Mad cover and the aforementioned SNL sketch after the jump.

Mad Magazine Barack Obama

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