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Obama's Reagan-esque salmon joke

Did Obama's smoked salmon joke remind you of one of Reagan's anecdotes? Folksy, warm, instantly propagatable, raising a laugh on "both sides of the aisle"? Designed to take down a public good served by government? Check, check, check, check, check, And, oh, yeah..

... full of shit, just like Obama himself, and with vicious and degrading policy consequences, dittoes.

NOTE I wouldn't want to take this too far, false smears of racism and all, but the butts of conservative anecdotes are often people who are "not like us" ("they turn on you"). Like the originators of smoked salmon. After all, the same kind of joke might well have been made about Iowa corn, right? Or Virginia tobacco? Or Maine lobster? So why wasn't it? Was the joke a very genteel signal from Obama to his new R BFFs? It would be irresponsible not to speculate! Especially since the author of the joke was Obama's new chief of staff, Bill Daley.

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Submitted by lambert on


The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. (Laughter.) I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked. (Laughter and applause.)

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Submitted by Bryan on

Salmon are under the supervision of the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce, no matter what the water tastes like, and smoked salmon would be under the Food and Drug Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services as a processed food.

The man and his staff don't know anything about the government after two years in charge - a typical CEO mentality.

Obama really gets on my nerves. I tired of people telling me he's an intelligent person when experience says he's incompetent.