Tim Pawlenty’s jokes fall flat

August 29, 2012

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) had quite a few jabs at President Obama in his prepared remarks, –but his delivery appeared to fall flat in the hall.

He called President Obama "the tattoo president." Why?

"Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young," Pawlenty said. "But later on, that decision doesn'’t look so good, and you wonder: What was I thinking? But the worst part is you'’re still going to have to explain it to your kids."

Few in the room laughed – or seemed to be listening. Other zingers also fell short:

"The president takes more vacations than that guy on the Bizarre Foods show." (Apparently it airs on the Travel Channel.)

"I’'ll give Barack Obama credit for creating jobs these last four years for golf caddies."

He also called Vice President Biden a “bad decision” made by Obama.

"I hear Joe'’s particularly interested in tonight’s proceedings. He even thought about coming here to Tampa," Pawlenty said. "And he'’s taking notes because when Paul Ryan speaks, Joe will finally get to hear what a real vice president sounds like."

(Biden scrapped plans to visit Tampa, Orlando and St. Augustine on Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Isaac.)

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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