michelle and barack obamaI am spending Valentine's Day alone. Well, I'll be with my kiddo, but my husband has to work. So, yes, my Valentine's Day dinner consists of dining on Trader Joe's mini chicken tacos, solo, on the couch, watching TV (The Bachelor, of course). 

Aw, don't feel bad. I'm okay with this. Really. You know why? My husband and I follow Michelle Obama's Rule for a Happy Marriage: laugh a lot. Yup, she told a room full of reporters that the key to their lasting marriage is laughter, not taking themselves too seriously.

I like that advice.

And I got to wondering: what does the First Couple laugh about? In these hard times for America and the gravity of the latest news about Egypt, the economy, Afghanistan, what brings President Obama and the First Lady a bit of comic relief? What gives them a much needed chuckle or two?

Oh, to be a fly on that wall in the Executive Residence!

I am not an insect (thankfully), but I can think of some possible things, people, situations where the president and the first missus would slap a knee.

Anything Bill O'Reilly says: His outright disrespect for the president during their pre-Super Bowl interview aside, the daily spew from Bill O'Reilly's mouth most definitely gives them some laughs. An example: the Fox commentator was recently baffled by the cause of tides (um, try the moon's gravitational pull, Bill). Nothing else to do but have an outright guffaw.

Anything Jon Stewart says: For the exact opposite reason they are laughing at Bill O'Reilly. Jon Stewart and the writers on The Daily Show manage to break down the complexity of world situations, explain it to the masses, and keep it so we aren't totally depressed.

When the Cubs lose: The First Family are huge White Sox fans. The bitter rivalry between the Southsiders and the Northsiders has been there since the baseball clubs were formed. You know smiles and giggles erupt when Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox pull out a victory in a Windy City Showdown.

When Bo jumps up on John Boehner: Oh, that darn First Dog. Sometimes, he just gets too riled up, but he's a good boy, of course. Maybe he thought John Boehner was his orange chew-toy (someone needs to lay off the self-tanner, Mr. Speaker).

Any episode of Modern Family: Because this modern first couple knows it is the funniest show on TV. Period.

What else do you think brings the First Couple some laughs?

 

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