Friday, May 16, 2008

A bad joke in a room full of gun guys

So ole Mike Huckabee speaks at the NRA yearly meeting today...

From FOX News:

Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee apologized Friday for cracking an off-color joke at a National Rifle Association meeting about a gun being pointed at Barack Obama.

Huckabee made the impromptu remark in response to an offstage noise during his speech in Louisville, Ky.

“That was Barack Obama,” Huckabee said. “He just tripped off a chair. He’s getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he — he dove for the floor.”

The quip was met with almost total silence.

The Obama campaign had no comment, but Huckabee later issued an apology.

“During my speech at the NRA a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an off-hand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive, that was never my intention,” he said in a statement.

Huckabee dropped out of the GOP race earlier in the year after it became clear John McCain had enough delegates to clinch the nomination.

Huckabee, McCain and several other Republicans used Obama as their punching bag Friday at the NRA meeting, criticizing him for his gun control and foreign policy positions.

Now the biggest problem with that joke is that it was made in a room full of people who do not think that nothing about pointing a gun at someone is funny. In the current presidential race, I suspect that the jabs will get even more and more insulting between now and November. But I do have to think that this particular jab crosses the line just a tad.

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