Thursday, April 19, 2007

McCain jokes about bombing Iran

"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb [Iran]..."
-John McCain

All I have to say about that is:

Thank God this guy has little chance of winning the primary, let alone the election.


texanesone said...

Let's see. They guy's a fighter jock. He's speaking at a "Veterans of Foreign Wars." He cracks a joke to a serious question, people laugh, he then gets serious, talks about Iran and addresses Iran's leadership's vow to wipe out Israel (you'd've thought Ahmadinejad would have learned from Saddam: threaten to use nonconventional weapons - even if you don't have'em - and the target of your threats just might take you seriously).

You'da thunk he'd learned from Sen Kerry. No jokes. Ever. No humor during the campaign. Everything in foreign affairs is waaaay too serious. Plus, the political opposition'll jump all over you. At least I liked how he answered the "controversy" - "Lighten up and get a life."

That was a nice tie-in to "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." I think that movie was satire? I probably shouldn't watch it any more. Life is just waaay too serious.

Roger said...

Sorry Tex, I know it's just a joke, but I don't approve of someone running for office joking about killing people. The current Prez did that, and I was the one telling people to "lighten up," but look how he's turned out. Hundreds of thousands dead in Iraq for nothing and he doesn't seem to give a damn.

I've come to think someone's sense of humor reveals a lot about that person. So I'm not taking this stuff lightly anymore.

texanesone said...


No problem. Given the context (fighter jock, VFW audience) I think it's a bit different. I didn't recall the current Pres doing the same - I read Reagan made a wisecrack on an open microphone - but in today's context I thought the Kerry example was good as it illustrates just how quickly people on both sides of the aisle will fire back.

No nicknames, please - as I explained to a guy from France I communicate with, the Samoan source just doesn't translate to an American nickname.

Roger said...

Oops, my bad, I only scanned your name quickly and thought it had something to do with Texas.

When the current President Bush was first running for the White House, he mocked the pleas of Carla Faye Tucker, a death row inmate who was appealing for clemency. According to Tucker Carleson, Bush got down on his knees and mimicked her saying "Please, please don't let them kill me" (or something like that), then laughed about it.

Oh, the Kerry example was dead on. I just think that this one is worse because what Kerry said was a bungled joke (something he didn't mean to say), but McCain meant to say this.

merben said...

It is clear that many people were offended with Sen. McCain's song. His insensitive comments will probably help him slide further down on the recent election 2008 polls. He offended a lot of people with the McCain bomb Iran song. the media and his opponents will use his joke against him.