Thursday, May 6, 2010

Obama drone joke: Was it offensive?

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.

Salon's Alex Pareene says the joke wasn't appropriate because Obama told it:

The joke mighta worked, and certainly would've been less offensive, coming from anyone else. It seems like a no-brainer that the people directly responsible for tragedies should not deliver jokes about those tragedies. That's why Mel Brooks can tell Hitler jokes and Germans can't.

Drone attacks in Pakistan have killed hundreds of suspected insurgents since early 2009 -- but they have also killed civilians and stirred up animosity towards the U.S. in Pakistan.

President Bush was pilloried for making light of the lack of WMDs in Iraq at the 2004 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Does Obama deserve similar treatment?


Jonas Brothers to Obama: “Seriously, We’re Not Pedophiles”

Barack Obama joked about killing the Jonas Brothers with Predator drones on Saturday night:

Not everyone was as thrilled about President Obama’s partisan comedy routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night. The Jonas Brothers didn’t appreciate his humor.
Todd Starnes reported, via FOX Nation:

President Obama’s joke about the Jonas Brothers was no laughing matter to one of the nation’s most popular boy bands.

The Jonas boys were among the celebrity guests attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

During his remarks, President Obama delivered zingers about Sarah Palin, John McCain, birthers, and even the Jonas Brothers.

“The Jonas Brothers are here,” the president said. “Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you – predator drones.”

The quip drew laughter from the audience, but the brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick were not among them, according to the Washington Examiner.

The guys apparently took offense to the suggestion they might hit on underage girls.

“Seriously, we’re not pedophiles,” Nick told the Washington Examiner.

Related… cxcvxcv added this:

How can liberals support Barack Obama?
Obama actually is targeting American citizens with Predator drones… Then Obama makes jokes about killing citizens in the Unites States with drones?

Here’s another comment by dfsfsdfs:

Obama is killing innocent civilians and targeting American citizens for assassination with his illegal war in Pakistan and he’s making jokes about it? Wonderful Change!