Did Obama tell a dirty joke at gay fundraiser?
Comedians, after dinner speakers, even your Uncle Harry tells the off color joke now and again. Double entendres can be funny for adults and usually go over the head of children.
But a president using a double entendre? Here's what Obama said at a gay fundraiser in Los Angeles.
I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups -- (laughter) -- but I think she claims Michelle didn't go all the way down. (Laughter.) That's what I heard. I just want to set the record straight -- Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. (Laughter.) So she shouldn't feel bad. She's an extraordinary talent and she's just a dear, dear friend -- Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause.
According to a pool report, Obama paused provocatively after the double entendre.
Yes, it's beneath the dignity of the office. But we're used to that with Obama. Ribald jokes are not unknown among presidents, although they are usually made at private or semi private gatherings (The Gridiron Dinner used to be closed to the press and presidents weren't shy about being off color there.)
Even BuzzFeed describes the joke as "awkward." That, and inappropriate to boot.