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After Tony Tata’s appointment, a Republican friend said ruefully: “I hope he does better with DOT than he did with the school buses.”
Speaking of jokes, Governor-elect McCrory’s apparently fell flat at the Economic Forecast Forum this week.
In the spirit of bipartisanship, here’s a word of advice to the new Governor – and all politicians – about telling jokes at the beginning of a speech:
For some reason, politicians think this is the sure-fire secret to giving a good speech. So they badger speechwriters for a couple of good opening jokes.
Big mistake. Even if they get a good joke to tell (rare), they usually bungle it. Then they’re off to a bad start. And struggle to recover.
So, Governor – and all you other pols; you know I’m talking to you – resist this urge. By definition, you are not a comic. The only truly funny politicians were John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole. If you’re as funny as them, have at it. (You aren’t.)
Here’s the rule: If you need somebody to give you a joke, you don’t need to be telling jokes.
Especially jokes that make fun of other people. Like this one from McCrory: "You know there are really some good jobs around here that don't require much work or no work at all either. Former N.C. State football coaches ... UNC professors."
Congratulations! You offended everybody but Duke fans.
Plus, coming from a Governor that sounds mean, not funny.
The best humor is natural, spontaneous humor. Try a good-natured poke at yourself. A bit of self-deprecation goes a long way. Especially when it comes at an unexpected point in the speech. Not at the beginning, but in the middle.
Mike Easley was the best at this. In Charlotte once, he was talking about a drought that plagued the state. He said, “We can all use less water. I’ve learned that I can shower in just two minutes. Of course, the First Lady won’t sleep with me now.”
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clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Friday, January 04, 2013 1:03 PM
Who Dug the Deep Hole? Who Fumbled the ball?
Numbers rounded

Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget
Bush Left Obama a 3500 Budget

Clinton left Bush a 240B Surplus as far as the eye can see
Bush left Obama a 1400B Deficit as far as the eye can see

Clinton left Bush 5,700B of Debt
Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

Clinton left Bush a 237,000 net new jobs created per month
Bush left Obama a 31,000 lowest number since Hoover.

Clinton left Bush 17 Million Manufacturing Jobs
Bush left Obama 11 Million Manufacturing Jobs

Clinton left Bush a 10,800 Dow
Bush left Obama an 8028 Dow

Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth Good Will From Most Men
Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars. Enmity of 1500 Million Muslims

Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.
Bush left Obama the most hated President in history
Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano
Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment Yes! 8500 not just 700
Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler
Bush increased maximum loan by Fannie/Freddie from $153,000 in 2000 to $300,000 then to $729,000
That is how F&F got stuck with so many toxic mortgages. Bush gift to Big Bank pals.
Bush increased FDIC maximum deposit coverage from $100,000 to $250,000. Help the rich.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Monday, January 07, 2013 9:40 AM
He was attacked and did not respond
I will close Gitmo.
I will cut deficit in one half as percent of gdp
Yet! He has a large record of accomplishments.
Pell Grant Increase
Fed student loan payoff max at 10% of income.
Where is promo? Bragging?
Play Defense not attack with great things ???

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