Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Obama's Predator Drone Strike Joke

At the White House Correspondents' Dinner last weekend, Obama made a joke about Predator Drone striking boys that go near his daughters. Some people think it was in bad taste. I think it is all in how you take it. When I heard the joke I did not take it as the president threatening people, I took it as a father waring boys to stay away from his daughters. In the first context it would not be appropriate, in the second one it was fine.


"Everyone agrees that President Obama was funnier than Jay Leno at the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday night. But this joke is inspiring some backlash:

"Jonas Brothers are here, they're out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I'm joking?"

"You have to wonder why in the world the president's speech writers would think it was a good idea to throw a joke about predator drones into the president's speech during the White House Correspondent's Dinner, given that an estimated one-third of drone casualties, or between 289 and 378, have been civilians," wrote Adam Serwer at the American Prospect.

"Let's be honest, fellow progressives, we'd be all over Bush if he made the same 'predator drone' joke Obama told last night," Philadelphia Daily News' Will Bunch tweeted.

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