President Obama, fresh off a Florida photo-op in the Everglades for Earth Day, resumed his role as Celebrity in Chief by greeting the New England Patriots on the White House South Lawn in honor of their Super Bowl victory. Mr. Obama must have been warming up for the Nerd Prom (a.k.a. the White House correspondence dinner) as he tried a few jokes that fell flat.
It certainly is friendly banter to wish that Beantown would allow the Windy City to win a championship or two. Joking that Gronk should keep his shirt on seemed like a hip towel snap. But making a Deflate-gate joke falls flat. This photo op was supposed to honor the victory of the Patriots, yet Mr. Obama threw a pick and forced his guests to react nervously.
Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show in August. Perhaps Mr. Obama ought to audition for that role. At least he might get better writers. But doing the Daily Show might be difficult for President Obama to squeeze in between rounds of golf.