Wrote Washington Post blogger Jonathan Capehart, “When your ‘friends’ start talking about you like this — and friends with a huge megaphone and a feel for the national mood — the White House should listen.”
“Humor with some truth in it is always dangerous. Make no mistake, a drumbeat of belittlement can damage a president,” added CNN political contributor Ed Rollins in a column.
But, he added, “I wouldn’t put this into the meme category,” referring to concepts that travel so quickly they take on a life of their own, such as Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin sketches from last year. “The [Obama] sketch wasn’t that funny.”
“It’s not incapable of influencing things,” he said, noting the show’s slash-and-burn ’70s satire and Fey’s Palin parody. “But since the early ’80s, those moments are pretty rare. … You’ll see good impersonations but not the underlying critique you had with, say, Dan Aykroyd as [Richard] Nixon.”
I disagree with the latter statement. In today’s culture of immediacy, people appear easily swayed by the current trend or by what they are “supposed” to do or know. People rarely speak for themselves. The opinions of others and the trends that others follow appear to be the disturbing pattern of behavior with this society.