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.