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April 30th, 2012
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Letters to the President #1197: 'Monday musing'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. My wife made a meat loaf last night that was fabulous. I wish I could say I had that every day, but I can’t.

Dear Mr. President,

Nice job with your jokes at the big dinner Saturday night. You have a flair for comedic timing, I’ll give that to you, although I thought some of your material went just a little far into the “not exactly dignified enough for a president” category. But what do I know?

I thought Jimmy Kimmel had some great lines, but there were too many of them. He’s a screamingly funny guy, but it seemed like he tried to cram too much in. I always feel as if comics at these events face a terrible challenge.

Think about it. You can get up there, and whether your lines are funny or not (and again, I thought most of them certainly were) everyone is going to laugh anyway. You’re like the boss as work. Everyone laughs because you’re the guy in charge. Have a waiter get up there and do the exact same lines, I say he’ll get thirty percent of the laughs you get, tops.

Same goes for these comics. They’ve got to stand right next to you and throw material out for the audience to consider. If he’s too tough on you, your pals in the audience will give him the silent treatment. If he’s too fawning, your enemies will sit on their hands too.

Anyway, it was a nice enough night. Sorry you couldn’t make it over to my table to say hi, but I know you wanted to, so let’s just leave it at that.

Hey, the big marathon came off pretty well on Sunday morning, considering that after the dinner I had only about three and a half hours of sleep before driving up to marathon. My legs were scorching by about 18 miles, but I made it through anyway. You should have been there!

More tomorrow. Need to go take some aspirin now. Ha!

Regards,
Tom

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