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John Kerry’s botched joke

November 1, 2006

John Kerry is Democrat from Massachusetts in the US Senate. I have never voted for John Kerry, but I support him in this recent non-issue.

I know from personal experience that public speaking is difficult, humor is difficult, and that memorizing speeches is difficult.

The controversy began Monday in suburban Los Angeles. Kerry told students: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

The remark came in the context of an attack on Bush’s “broken” Iraq policy. At a news conference Tuesday, Kerry called it “a botched joke about the president and the president’s people — not about the troops.”

Kerry’s intended point was obvious. President Bush didn’t do his homework before he ordered the invasion. He didn’t study the intricacies of Mideast religion, culture, politics and tribalism. He wasn’t smart about it and we are stuck in Iraq.

Supposedly, the joke was supposed to say “you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”

UPDATE: November 7: I do not think that the joke was funny, and I think that it was an inappropriate joke for a US Senator to tell about the US President to students at a school.