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Humor Important to Politics

September 17, 2008 - Joselyn King
Recently when I met with West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals candidate Beth Walker I couldn't help but notice the Mickey Mouse watch she sported.

She explained the watch reminded her not to always take things so seriously, and to have a bit of a sense of humor.

It's probably a good thing when elected officials have some sense of humor -- not when a levee is breaking and they must tell residents to evacuate, but perhaps in the aftermath of a situation.

Telling people the sky has fallen and it's the fault of the other party's fault doesn't seem the best way to inspire people to pick up the azure pieces and make a new mosaic.

Former president Ronald Reagan was noted for his use of levity.

You can almost imagine him telling those on Wall Street or the Gulf Coast today, "Well. . . the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

You wonder if Al Gore or John Kerry had displayed more of a sense of humor, would they have gone to the White House?

Is having humor a characteristic we associate with leadership?

Sometimes humor is illuminating. Did you catch that Saturday Night Live opening skit this week?What did it say about Sarah Palin ("I can see Russia from my house") or Hillary Clinton ("I didn't want a woman to be president -- I wanted to be president. I just happened to be a woman.)"

Click above to see the skit, and also the most recent Jib Jab spoof.

 
 

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