There are endless differences between President Barack Obama and Donald Trump; however, as the master of modern day American horror Stephen King pointed out Wednesday on Twitter, the most profound difference between Obama and Trump is no laughing matter.
“One remarkable difference between Obama and Trump: the later seems to have absolutely no sense of humor. The clearest sign of a dull mind.”
One remarkable difference between Obama and Trump: the latter seems to have absolutely no sense of humor. The clearest sign of a dull mind.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 28, 2016
Over the years, and throughout the course of the 2016 presidential campaign season, Americans have gotten to know Donald Trump’s short temper and incredibly thin skin very well. He’s had public feuds with celebrities like Cher, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Martha Stewart, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and of course Rosie O’Donnell. The list of famous people who personally hate Trump’s guts is nearly endless. In fact, according to the President Ronald Reagan Library, the former Commander-in-Chief may be doing a few spins in his grave daily whenever he’s compared to a man who he reportedly couldn’t stand to have in his presence when he was alive.
Trump’s inability to laugh at himself is the main reason he doesn’t have a good sense of humor. Take for example this video of British comedian Sasha Cohen’s fake interview with Trump a few years ago.
Now, compare Trump’s reaction President Obama’s response to questions thrown at him by actor Zach Galifianakis on the super comedically awkward show “Between Two Ferns.” Click here to watch the video.
Obama’s natural ease with himself and his ability to be self-deprecating was on full display during his very last Press Correspondents dinner in April. From Rolling Stone Magazine:
In a nod to the strangest (and scariest) election cycle in recent memory, Obama started off with this State-of-the-Union quip: ‘The end of the republic has never looked better,’ and followed up with, ‘Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific.’
In October, following the final presidential debate, Trump and his opponent Hillary Clinton had an opportunity to showcase their sense of humor at the Al Smith Dinner, an annual roast-style dinner fundraiser for Catholic charities. However, that evening turned out to be one of the most cringe-worthy moments in the 2016 campaign season (which is saying really saying a lot). Here’s one of the “jokes” that earned Trump several hisses, boos, and at times awkward silences.
‘Hillary is so corrupt,’ Trump said to boos, ‘she got kicked of the Watergate Commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate commission? Pretty corrupt.’
While it’s funny to make fun of Trump’s inability to make or take a joke, there is a real danger that sits beneath the surface of what really is a massive, deeply embedded character flaw. Trump’s reactionary temperament combined with his ability to hold numerous lifetime grudges is perhaps the most dangerous mix imaginable within a person who will soon become the most powerful government official in the world.
Between all the dangerous war-provoking rhetoric, tone-deaf domestic and foreign policy positions, and what’s shaping up to be one of the most conflicted and corrupt administrations in U.S. history, it’s clear that America will need its sense of humor more than ever if it is to survive four years of a Trump presidency.
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