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Laughing at, or with, Obama

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Comics aren’t worried that there won’t be enough material in an Obama White House. Per the New York Times, J.R. Havlan of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” says, “It’s probably no secret where our politics lie; we are in show business, after all. We’re not unhappy with the results of last night [Tuesday]. We haven’t sat around thinking, “What are we going to do, comedically, if Obama wins?” There’s going to be plenty going on around him. Plus, Ted Stevens may have won in Alaska. Proposition 8 passed in California. We don’t need a semiconscious president to put on a decent show.”

Obama Sale: HBO has landed the Edward Norton produced Obama documentary, directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. Norton secured cooperation with Obama and has had cameras rolling ever since, capturing his 2006 trip to Africa and his 2007 presidential announcement. The production has had close access to Obama as well as his family, friends, campaign staff and volunteers.

Video of the Day: At a Wednesday night rally, West Hollywood councilman John Duran, who endorsed Barack Obama in the primaries, describes his euphoria at his win and then the crushing feeling once it was clear that Proposition 8 would be passed. But he also cautions against pinning the blame on record turnout for Obama among conservative African Americans.

After last night’s protest at the Mormon Temple, demonstrators then marched through Beverly Hills. Some of those dining at posh restaurants got out of their seats to cheer the protesters on as they made their way through the city.

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