Sure, we can all enjoy watching Donald Trump squirm, stone-faced and chin-jutted, as the leader of the Free World and SNL’s Seth Meyers roast him to a crisp doneness. I’m as tired of this Trumpitude in our national “political” media as anyone, but I had fun seeing him made the butt of most of both WHCA speakers’ jokes.

The NerdProm is the last gasp of our dying empire’s Versailles court stenography– a sick joke on the First Amendment’s guarantee of corporate media protections from truth-telling — and each year, the president’s speech defines what it’s okay to joke about now.

WMDs, anyone? Or predator drones?

Now, apparently, it’s okay for this president to joke about firing people.

His most well-received joke about Trump may have been the one about Trump’s firing skills:

“You, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem
was a lack of leadership,” Obama said. “And so ultimately, you didn’t
blame Lil Jon or Meat Loaf. You fired Gary Busey. These are the kind of
decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir.”

As opposed to, you know, sleepless nights deciding to fire, oh — Shirley Sherrod.

And Van Jones.

And P J Crowley.

Mr President, please don’t mock Donald Trump for his firing skills. Trump may be a circus midway sideshow manager whose trademark catchphrase now defines the Great American Recession’s zeitgeist.

But you, sir, are no standout in the “You’re Fired” department.