Obama Mocks GOP Field at Broadway Show

If they can't handle CNBC, they can't handle Putin, he quips
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2015 2:41 AM CST
Obama Mocks GOP Field at Broadway Show
President Obama speaks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York on Monday at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.   (Susan Walsh)

Appearing on Broadway for one night only: Barack Obama, in a solo comedy act roasting the Republican Party. The president left a crowd of more than 1,300 in stitches on Monday night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, home to the hit musical "Hamilton" about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The cast staged a special performance for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, with Obama as the encore. Some highlights:

  • Deviating from his typical fundraiser spiel, Obama said the 2016 Republican presidential candidates seem to "occupy a different reality" in which the country has taken a perilous turn since he took office nearly seven years ago. "According to them, everything was really good in 2008, when we were going through the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes," he said. "This, apparently, was the golden age that I messed up."

  • Tweaking Republicans who question climate change, Obama likened it to 99 out of 100 doctors telling someone they have diabetes and that person brushing it off as a conspiracy. "All 99 of those doctors got together—with Obama—to try to prevent me from having bacon and doughnuts," Obama said to laughter. "It'd be funny—except this is about climate change. This was an analogy."
  • Before the curtain fell, Obama took a last jab at the Republican field over foreign policy, mocking claims by Donald Trump and others that relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin would improve if they were elected. "And then it turns out they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators," Obama quipped, poking fun at candidates' complaints about last week's GOP presidential debate. "If you can't handle those guys, I don't think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you."
(Two can play at this game: Ben Carson taunted Obama today.)

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