With gigs at Newsweek and The New York Times under his belt, Andy Borowitz would really like to satirize Barack Obama — really he would! — but he’s just so literate that mocking him simply cannot be attempted. So we get this:
In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.
Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.
But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.
Left out of the humorist’s bio: Borowitz has donated more than $4,000 to Obama. Apparently, ethical notions of a conflict of interest don’t apply to jesters.
NOTE: Mr. Borowitz, in the course of writing in to whinge that he’s being treated unfairly, helpfully pointed out a typo in this post, [ethical notion instead of ethical notions] which has been corrected.