Republican Fundraiser Emails Joke About Killing Obama
Republican fundraiser Al Austin sent an email joking about Barack Obama being killed.
The joke concerns a group of schoolchildren discussing the definition of “tragedy” as opposed to “great loss” or “accident.” The punch line comes when one child says that if an airplane carrying Obama and his wife, Michelle, “was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens,” the event might be a tragedy “because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”
Bullshit spin of the day: Austin admits to forwarding the distasteful joke to his political contacts. But he did not know what the email said. The article states that Austin accidently forwarded the email to two reporters.
Update: a source confirmed to me that Austin sent the email to William March.
The Buzz published the email.
Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: 'If the plane carrying you and Mrs. Obama was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.'
'Fantastic!' exclaimed Obama. 'That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?'
'Well,' says the boy, 'It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either.'
The joke isn't even funny as politically incorrect comedy.