Regardless of one's political disposition, few can say that President Ronald Reagan did not employ a certain charm and a sense of humor that allowed him to navigate through difficult challenges, particularly when dealing with aggressive journalists. While it is not likely that President Obama is readily compared with Ronald Reagan, Mr. Obama's witty performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner this past Saturday demonstrated the dimension of his humanity and reminded us again of just how funny President Obama can be; through a twinkly-eyed manner akin to that regularly utilized by President Reagan.
Over the weeks leading into the White House Correspondents Dinner, President Obama's behavior has betrayed a testiness, banning a pool reporter
for shooting video of a protest at a DNC fund-raiser and berating another journalist
for interrupting him during an interview.
But the president's presentation at the White House Correspondents Dinner, while panned sourly by many Republicans, was indisputably hysterical and commanded a warm and comfortable charm that any respectable critic of the Obama administration would have to concede.
His deft handling of the birther distraction by reducing it to an animated children's feature was one of the most priceless moments in American politics, and the evening itself was punctuated fundamentally with the grim illustration of Donald Trump's discomfort.
One wonders if President Obama's 2012 re-election strategists were registering the howls of laughter, as laughter may be just the tonic the nation needs to guide us through the macroscopic challenges we face together.
Reagan did this.
And I left the White House Correspondents Dinner believing that President Obama can do this too, and if he can tap into that marrow and sustain a smile on the lips of our collective voting population over the many months leading into the 2012 contest, there is not a Republican that could beat him.