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Is Obama a Keynesian?

This is pretty funny:

(Via Greg Mankiw.)

By Ezra Klein  | November 2, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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This video looks highly edited and even acted as if some of the folks knew they were prompted to confuse Kenyan with Keynesian. It's hardly surprising that an arrogant elitist like Greg Mankiw would find it funny. He thinks people don't like him because he's so much smarter than everyone else but actually they don't like him because he's a jerk.

Posted by: etfmaven | November 2, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse


So I assume you also think Ezra is an arrogant elitist for finding it funny? Or does he get a pass because you agree with him on issues?

Posted by: seriousinternet | November 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

While I have no doubt that most Americans would miss that question, I bet the crowd there would do better than the average.

I also bet, if I were asked the question, I wouldn't have made the highlight reel.

Posted by: rat-raceparent | November 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty progressive politically, but I too find this funny. No party or political persuasion holds a monopoly on idiocy.

Posted by: Corn_Laden | November 2, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

As Nixon might have said, "We are all Kenyans now."

Posted by: tomjf | November 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, those are clearly selectively chosen clips. Yes, they are also funny. Being at the Stewart/Colbert rally (and I was!) doesn't mean you're immune from making humorous mistakes or just being ignorant. And, of course, there's every chance that he mislead them at the time but edited it to make them look stupid. Though that would be unfair journalism, it's very fair for humor.

Posted by: MosBen | November 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure what the point was. Was it trying to suggest that the rally goers weren't as elitist as they thought they were, or that America needs to focus on geography and spelling more. In either case, I think both are true.

Still, it's funny, but only if you get the joke right off the bat. Nevertheless, everything they said about the birthers is true.

Posted by: J_Clarence | November 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

What drains the video of its humor is the obvious machinery - suspension of disbelief and all that. Once the heavy-handed POV of the videographers became apparent that's pretty much all I could see.

Yeah, maybe Klein does confuse snark with humor but Mankiw, that lazy layabout, was the source.

Posted by: etfmaven | November 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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