Obama, the Jonas Brothers, and the quiet mirth of killing civilians

Over the weekend, the Washington Press Correspondents Association held their annual Adult Video News awards ceremony, the event where the press and the people they cover get together and agree that they are all pretty fantastic, if you think about it.  Top honors went to David Brooks, who, for the 20th year in a row, was named Top Fluffer.  Kidding aside, I would much rather go to the AVNs than the Press Corp Prom.  (Hey T/S editors, I smell an assignment!)

The general consensus is that Barack Obama was funnier than Jay Leno, which, you know, whatever.  What was one of Obama’s best jokes?

It was about how hilarious it is when predator drones kill people, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

You may have heard about this already, as it happened on Saturday, but I’m just getting to it now so relax.  Here’s Obama’s joke about the J Jonah Jameson Brothers:

“Jonas Brothers are here, they’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking?”

Hahahaha, what a howler.

Adam Serwer, in an already widely cited post, does most of the heavy analytical lifting:

So you have to wonder why in the world the president’s speech writers would think it was a good idea to throw a joke about predator drones into the president’s speech during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, given that an estimated one-third of drone casualties, or between 289 and 378, have been civilians. It evinces a callous disregard for human life that is really inappropriate for a world leader, especially a president who is waging war against an enemy that deliberately targets civilians.

Alex Pareene, newly at Salon, zooms out a little bit:

But the problem isn’t specifically with the joke itself. It’s a sort of generic joke about the executive’s unconstrained power that any postwar president could’ve delivered. You know, it would’ve been Patriot missiles during the first Gulf War, or jokes about the CIA or Secret Service disappearing people during the Cold War. The problem is with the whole damn scene of the president delivering a stand-up comedy routine, on camera, to the press. The problem with the Bush joke about looking for WMD was that a roomful of journalists chuckled good-naturedly at it.

I don’t really have much to add to what Serwer and Pareene wrote — because I think they’re both absolutely spot on here — but I would like to share an update that neither of their posts included.  The Washington Examiner, doing some good old-fashioned journalism, discovered the J Bros were none to please with this “joke”:

Nick and Joe Jonas were spotted sulking in the corner at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair after-party when Yeas & Nays asked what they thought of the joke.

“We’re not that old,” Nick Jonas told Yeas.

“Seriously, we’re not pedophiles,” Joe jumped in.

That sounds like the exact same thing a pedophile would say, if you ask me.  At least everyone at the AVN is of age.

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