There is no level too low to stoop for this President in his attempt to co-opt popular culture and defuse all criticisms of his presidency. By attempting to eviscerate Trump, Obama elevates Trump and further diminishes himself. Humor is a good thing, but this staged political spectacle reflects the ugly game beneath the facade of respectability still afforded the presidency out of habit.
This combination of Saturday Night Live and traditional Washington aggrandizement is appropriate for the demeaning reality of DC culture and America's statist infection -- it reflects the sickness of government's spreading influence into every nook and cranny of American life. Never before has the country been fed so many images of the President and government officials around the clock.
By legitimizing Trump and defusing his attacks, we see the skit from behind the scenes -- the joshing and silliness that went into the skit -- the bloopers and comaraderie of the actors. We can forget our problems -- it's only a skit -- soon the actors will come forward and assure us that all is well in the economy, and that they had a blast solving the problems. You should have seen Geithner as he was wrestling with the numbers one night, when Obama showed up wearing green shades with a six pack of Old Milwaukee under his arm and asked "Need any help?" I thought Biden would split his gut.