Things were definitely quiet on the news front in the world last week. A little too quiet.
Just look at my blog history from a week ago — I talked about two movies, an upcoming boxing match and rainbows. While the importance of those topics cannot be stressed enough, they don’t quite have the hard news bite that demands people’s attention.
But if there’s one inevitable truth in this world, it’s that after long, news will cometh.
At least 4,000 are dead in Nepal after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. More than 8,000 are injured. The entire region is in turmoil. One interesting piece of information I learned from this is that India, once an island, crashed into Asia 25 million years ago, and the two land masses continue to push against one another, creating an impact that causes massive earthquakes about every 75 years. The last major one was 81 years ago in 1934.
In Baltimore, protesters at the funeral of Freddie Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died mysteriously last week and has become the latest symbol of police brutality — have become so violent that Maryland’s governor activated the National Guard.
Since these are pretty devastating things to read about, I’m going to attempt to lighten the mood a bit. If you all click the “Skype” button at the top of the screen, you will be entertained by me doing a sock puppet performance that I personally took the time to film. Everyone ready?
Wait. There is no Skype button? That’s not actually a thing? I wish I knew that before I spent the last 20 minutes playing with sock puppets. I also spent two hours making them. I actually skipped work today to do that.
But you know who really can lighten the mood for us? President Obama.
While people across the country may have starkly differing views over his reign as president, one thing that I’ve come to realize is that the man gets funnier by the year. At the annual White House Correspondence Dinner, which is basically Washington D.C.’s version of a Comedy Central Roast, the president traditionally delivers his own monologue.
Each year, Obama is funny. But this past weekend, he took it to a whole new level. He was like Chris Rock funny. Like George Carlin funny. It’s clear that as his presidency comes to an end, any reservations he may have had about maintaining friendly ties with his peers is gone. He was no holds barred, and even called upon Keegan-Michael Key (of Key & Peele) to assist him at one point.
Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong was the evening’s host, and she was pretty good too, but was outshined by Obama.
It’s refreshing to say that our president provided comedic value and not mean it sarcastically. Because we got eight years of that from his predecessor.
I especially appreciate it because I’ve been providing comedic value for almost six years now. And that’s even without what would have been hailed as the sock puppet performance of a generation.
You’ll just have to imagine what it would have been like.