Dozens of comedians from Berkeley Breathed to Chris Rock have taken a devastating blow from the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. In anticipation of the outcome, Breathed gave up his popular Opus Sunday comic strip, running the last edition on November 2, two days before the election. In his concluding remarks on the strip, Breathed said on his website that Opus “sleeps in peace, dreaming of a world just ahead brimming with kindness and grace and ubiquitous bow ties.” Bill Maher, who has seen a good dozen attempts at Obama humor die the death on his HBO program Real Time, expressed the hope that Sarah Palin would linger on the national scene, giving him and others a desperately needed foil. George W. Bush was possibly the easiest president to poke fun at since Grover Cleveland lumbered off the stage of history, and Bill Clinton before him was always available for a laugh. Hoping for some sort of traction with the White House, a group of over two hundred comedians have sent the Obama children a petition requesting that they name the White House puppy they have been promised “Sarah.”

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