President Obama earned laughs when he appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night to “slow jam the news” about student loans, but not everyone was amused. The Republican National Committee (RNC) put out a grumpy web ad today called “A Tale Of Two Leaders” that juxtaposed Mitt Romneys’ victory speech last night with Obama’s Fallon appearance over ominous music, meant to show that Obama made unemployed people “the punch line.”
Then, Romney senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom (of Etch A Sketch fame) Tweeted the video with the hash tag “#NotFunny,” and went on to hit Obama for “crack[ing] jokes” and “making light” of young people without jobs.
It’s a humorless and partisan attempt at outrage, but it’s also ironic considering that the multimillionaire Mitt Romney himself famously joked last year — when the unemployment rate was higher than it is today — “I’m also unemployed.” It would have been silly for Fehrnstrom to take offense to Romney then, just as it is for him to do so with Obama now.
Of course, Romney also said he likes being able to fire people — though he wasn’t joking that time.