In Defense of Laughter

President Obama was criticized for going on Jay Leno, and Steve Kroft got on his case during a “60 Minutes” interview last Sunday when he smiled too much while talking about the economy. [Note to Steve: Lighten up. Though as a journalist, I know you were simply taking a spur-of-the-moment opportunity to obtain insight in the name of news–and you succeeded.]

Anyway, comedian Jane Condon wrote a piece on CNNPolitics called “Grab a Laugh, Mr. President.” She writes, “Everybody needs to use comedy in hard times.” It’s a good article, and I couldn’t agree more. People watch Jon Stewart because it mixes insight with humor. I don’t think humor somehow undignifies the Presidency.

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