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What a great kidder Obama is: He's still making jokes about killing people!

Remember Obama's vile predator drones joke at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner? The Drone King (and his gag MR SUBLIMINAL No shit! writer) are still at it. This year:

“Last year at this time — in fact, on this very weekend — we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” Obama said during his after-dinner speech, seeming to allude to the killing of Osama bin Laden. But then a photo of an orange-faced Donald Trump — who spent much of last spring questioning Obama’s citizenship — flashed on giant screens in the ballroom. Punch line [kill shot] delivered.

Ha. Ha? Sick, sick puppies.

From that great -- and yet, strangely, Nobel Peace Prize-less -- peace-maker, George Walker Bush, September 21, 2001:

Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

And Bush's second SOTU, January 29, 2002:

The man and women of our Armed Forces have delivered a message now clear to every enemy of the United States: Even 7,000 miles away, across oceans and continents, on mountaintops and in caves — you will not escape the justice of this nation.

Bush's third SOTU, January 29, 2003:

We have the terrorists on the run. We're keeping them on the run. One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice.

Bush's Fourth SOTU, January 20, 2004:

Thousands of very skilled and determined military personnel are on a manhunt, going after the remaining killers who hide in cities and caves - and, one by one, we will bring the terrorists to justice.

For whatever reason, that rhetoric got dropped, until Bush's valedictory Eighth SOTU, January 28, 2008:

Since 9/11, we have taken the fight to these terrorists and extremists. We will stay on the offense, we will keep up the pressure, and we will deliver justice to our enemies. (Applause.)

So, for Bush, "justice" doesn't imply a system of justice or the rule of law; for example, the Hague Tribunal. No, it implies a military establishment capable of killing those deemed enemies. Does Obama take a different view? One might have hoped so. Obama's first SOTU*, February 24, 2009:

To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend — because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America [not even The God(ess)(e)(s) Of Your Choice, If Any?]. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists - because living our values doesn't make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that is why I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture.

Was Obama full of shit? In a word, yes. (Today's Sunday Times takes a lot more words to come to the same conclusion.) Gitmo is, as one might have expected, still open. All Bush's torturers are still walking the streets and cutting themselves book deals. And "justice" for Obama means exactly what it meant to Bush: Killing an enemy. The only difference is that Bush was honest about it. Here's The Droner's happy dance after killing Bin Laden [Oh hai, Hillary! Waves]:

And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done. ....

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who've worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. ...

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

[Reach me that bucket, wouldja hon?]

Yes, a killing so supremely just, so far from the mere exercise of "superior force,", so, in fact, humble, that the professionals who performed it decided to dump the body of the condemned at sea immediately. Instead of say, putting the condemned on trial at the Hague, or in one of the famously just tribunals at Gitmo, or even in the court system in the United States.

Ya know, I've gotten pretty cynical over the past few years; hard work really does pay off! But I never imagined that electoral politics would get so degraded that ordering a hit job would become a campaign tool.

But leave it to Obama, the President as First Person Shooter! The terrorists really did win, didn't they?

NOTE * Actually, this speech is only functionally a SOTU. Like the freshman address of three Presidents before him, the speech was deemed an "Address to a Joint Session of Congress." Wev.

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Submitted by jawbone on

was in any way funny. Or thought it was a joke. Or fit for a president to use as a joke.

It was highlighted on the local evening news to night, with footage of Trump reacting to it. Trum[ said he took pride in being the first one mentioned by Obama, iirc.

The "joke" seemed sort of sick to me. And Trump's reaction was, well, what else could he say? It was so incredibly unfunny.

What kind of human being is Obama?

Submitted by lambert on

But at the White House Correspondent's dinner? Bush was just as tasteless on the WMDs thing, looking under the table (which I thought was pretty funny too, except it wasn't)

Submitted by hipparchia on

trump deserves to be mocked and ridiculed for his birtherism, and the mainstream media similarly deserves to be mocked and ridiculed for their appearing to take trump seriously:

As you may have heard, Donald Trump has recently gone full “birther” — openly questioning whether President Obama was born in the U.S. and demanding to see a satisfactory birth certificate — as part of his public flirtation with a possible presidential bid. And if you’ve been watching cable news, you might have noticed that the networks have been giving plenty of airtime to Trump and his debunked conspiracy theories, which had been all but relegated to the darkest corners of the net.

CNN got in on the action Friday afternoon with a little segment that lets “you decide” whether Trump’s rants are valid or not, treating a point of fact as though it were theory.

“Donald Trump says Obama wasn’t born here,” CNN anchor Deborah Feyerick says, in a teaser for the segment. “We’ll show you the evidence, and let you decide.”

Submitted by lambert on

Disgusting and vile in itself (except for Stephen Colbert), the White House Correspondents Dinner is or should be also well known for disgusting and vile Presidential jokes that also and not coincidentally reinforce imperial Presidential powers: Bush looking under the table for the WMDs, Obama's "Two words: Predator drones," and now this.

I do follow the news, and I am well aware that Donald Trump is a fine object of ridicule -- even if, last I checked, he hadn't blown any wedding parties to red mist -- but my objection isn't that he is the, er, target of Obama's joke, but the content of the joke itself.

If the punchline was still Trump, but the setup wasn't whacking OBL but raping Afghan women, would you still find it funny? If not, why not?

Submitted by hipparchia on

obama : u.s. military :: bin laden : al qaeda :: trump : birthers

short answer...

the parallel that applies here is much closer to rival gang leaders attempting to take each other out, and since gang leaders generally arrive at their positions through unscrupulous means, few people bother to waste empathy or pity on them and laughing at the losers in such fights is (in general) socially permissible.

while the above kinda sorta falls into the classification of "victimless crime," rape most assuredly does not - there's always a victim (or victims) in rape, even if some rapists do inflict less injury than others.

on a tangential note, it's disheartening to think that, of the three, donald trump is probably the most law-abiding one.